On February 16, 2022, France published a new classification of countries in the world, based on health indicators amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. Sixteen African countries are part of the list.

Although this list of the least risky countries contains many West African nations, Nigeria, Benin and Liberia are not included.

The sixteen countries are Cape Verde, Ivory Coast, Gabon, Ghana, Guinea, Equatorial Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Morocco, Mauritania, Mauritius, Uganda, Rwanda, Senegal, Tanzania, Chad and Togo

These countries are included among the “green” countries and territories, that is to say those “experienced negligible or moderate circulation of the virus, in the absence of an emerging variant of concern”.

This category, which is opposed by another colored in orange (active circulation of the virus), includes, outside the countries of the European area, about forty nations across the world.

The main corollary of this ranking is a relaxation of travel conditions between France and other countries. The government therefore decided “to lighten its health control system at the borders, particularly for vaccinated travelers”.

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