Note: This article was updated on September 10th, 2021. Regulations related to Covid-19 are subject to change.
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It’s finally time to make those travel plans and pack your bags. France has reopened to visitors after extended closure due to Covid-19. Here’s everything you need to know. These are the current rules for entering France. As this article only covers entry, please check with your airline and country of departure to see if other regulations may apply to you.
Countries risk classification by color
The French government ranks countries by risk and classifies them based on a color system.
To travel to France for pleasure you must come from a category green country or an orange country and be vaccinated.
European Union and Schengen Area countries
All non-green and non-red countries are orange. This is the majority of the world. This includes the United States and the United Kingdom.
Democratic Republic of the Congo
Vaccinated* travelers from green, orange, and red countries may enter France if they are vaccinated.
Non-vaccinated travelers from green countries may enter France with a negative Covid-19 test (PCR or Antigen test dated fewer than 72 hours prior to departure)
Unvaccinated travelers from orange and red countries require an essential travel motive to enter France. Tourism is not considered an essential motive.
*The French Government requires that visitors entering under the proof of vaccination statute have completed their course. It considers full vaccination is two weeks past a second Pfizer, Moderna, or AstraZeneca injection -or- four weeks past a single Johnson & Johnson injection.
Minors traveling with their parents or legal guardians are not required to be vaccinated. Those over the age of 11 are, however, required to show a negative test. Minors may be administered a test upon arrival as a condition of entry. Children 10 and under are exempt.
Current rules in France
In France, a health pass is required for everyone aged 18 and over from August 9 to enter the following spaces:
Cafes, restaurants, bars – including access to terraces, and night clubs,
Museums, monuments, theatres, concerts, cinemas, events, etc.
Long-distance transport within France (including domestic flights and long distance trains),
Health establishments, except in case of emergency
Some shopping centers larger than 20,000m2 if mandated by local prefects.
Children aged 12 – 17 are exempt from showing such a certificate until September 30.
Instructions for People Vaccinated outside of EU to receive a French Health Pass
On August 10, the French government released instructions on how people vaccinated outside the European Union, including people vaccinated in the United States, Canada, and the rest of the world may obtain a French Health Pass.
For now, the system is open for people age 18 and above who are already in France or who are traveling to France. These travelers must have been fully vaccinated with the Pfizer, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson, or AstraZeneca vaccines outside the European Union, Andorra, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway, Switzerland, England, or Wales.
This certificate is issued to people who have tested negative or who have been fully vaccinated with one of the vaccines recognized by the European Medicines Agency or one of the equivalents to these vaccines (more details in the link below).
In order to facilitate the stay of non-EU tourists in France, the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs has set up a specific mechanism for issuing a COVID vaccine certificate of equivalence, which is valid on French territory.
Vaccinated visitors: Please send the following documents, in electronic format, to:
Zone 1 (United States ): email@example.com
Zone 2 (Canada ): firstname.lastname@example.org
Zone 3 (Rest of world): email@example.com
Specific instructions are provided for how to format the request and where to send it on the French government (https://www.diplomatie.gouv.fr) website below. Travelers should apply before they come to France.
Vaccinated travelers should not anticipate any issues. Travelers who have not been vaccinated, but are able to do so may wish to complete their vaccination prior to their trip. It will ease travel in France.
If you have been vaccinated in one of the following countries: European Union Member States, Andorra, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway, Switzerland, United Kingdom (England and Wales only), you already have an EU Digital COVID Certificate, which is accepted in France, and you do not need a separate certificate.
Unvaccinated visitors: please note that a negative test taken within 72 hours will be required for restaurants, museums, etc for the duration of your stay.
Enjoy your stay!
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These rules are in place to help you take advantage of your trip to France. If there is something that you are unsure of contact our experts today. We look forward to welcoming you in France!