Note: This article was updated on July 21th, 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 ranked 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
The United States
All non-green and non-red countries are orange. This is the majority of the world. This includes the United Kingdom.
Democratic Republic of the Congo
*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.
Please note that travelers from green countries must provide proof of vaccination or a negative test. Travelers from orange countries must provide proof of vaccination and a negative test.
Unvaccinated travelers from orange countries and all travelers from red countries require an essential travel motive. Tourism is not considered an essential motive.
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
- Restaurants, bars, and cafés may open at 100% capacity.
- Museums, covered markets, cinemas, and shops may welcome guests at 100% capacity.
- Interior and exterior events, including concert and sporting events may open. (Exterior at 100% capacity. Interior events at 75% capacity).
- In public indoor spaces, people are required to wear masks.
- In crowded outdoor spaces, people are required to wear masks (markets, public transport, lines, train platforms, etc.)
- Nightclubs reopened on July 9th to those with a health pass.
As of July 21st, 2021 a valid health pass is required to access all cultural and leisure establishments welcoming more than 50 people at a time. This includes museums, monuments, theatres, cinemas, festivals, sporting events, etc.
Starting in August 2021, a valid health pass will be required to board planes and long-distance trains and buses. It will also be required to access cafés, restaurants, shopping malls, amusement parks, hospitals, retirement homes, and clinics.
About the health pass
France’s health pass refers to one of following three documents:
- Proof of vaccination
- A negative test less than 48 hours old
- Proof of recovery (a positive test that’s more than 15 days old, but fewer than 6 months).
France’s health pass is commonly confused with an application called TousAntiCovid. This app is a digital version of the health pass. It is the most common way of showing one’s status in France. It is possible, however, to present a paper copy of one’s proof.
Visitors vaccinated outside of the EU are not able to upload their documentation into the app at this time. Visitors should therefore carry paper proof of their status. For Americans this would be their CDC-issued vaccine card. Please be prepared to show this documentation as a condition of entry to some establishments. Consider packing paper copies and/or a digital copy on your phone as a backup.
Visitors vaccinated in Europe can show proof of vaccination and a corresponding QR code using the EU Digital COVID Certificate.
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 are unvaccinated and entering on a negative test, please be aware that you may be required to get tested regularly in France to ensure continued access to establishments and transportation.
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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!