France (Travel Restrictions, COVID Tests & Quarantine Requirements)

This page was last updated on 15 September, 2021.

 

At a Glance

Travel Restrictions

Entry For Vaccinated Travelers: Allowed
Vaccination Requirements: If you are vaccinated*: you can travel to France with no restrictions linked to health conditions.

The measures applicable to vaccinated adults also apply to any minors accompanying them, whether they are vaccinated or not. You can therefore travel with your underage children, whether they are vaccinated or not, and they will not need to be tested or self-isolate.

Travel documents if you are vaccinated

• proof of vaccination. It will only be valid if it proves that you are fully vaccinated, i.e.:

– Seven days after the second shot for two-shot vaccines (Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca (Vaxevria and Covishield));

– Four weeks after the shot for one-shot vaccines (Johnson & Johnson);

– Seven days after the shot for vaccines administered to people who have already had COVID-19 (only one dose is necessary).

Only vaccines authorized by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) will be accepted, i.e. Pfizer (Comirnaty), Moderna, AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria), Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) and AstraZeneca (Covishield).

• a sworn declaration, that can be downloaded on the Interior Ministry’s website stating that

– you have no symptoms of COVID-19 infection;
– to your knowledge, you have not been in contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 in the 14 days prior to your journey;

Tourist Entry: Partially Allowed
Testing: Negative PCR test required for some travelers.
Quarantine Required: Depends
Quarantine Details: Quarantine required for some travelers.

Local Restrictions

Lockdown in Effect: Partial
Events: Partially Allowed
Transport: Operational with restrictions
Shopping: Open
Restaurants and Bars: Open with restrictions
 

Detailed Travel Advisory

Published 12.09.2021
1. Passengers are not allowed to enter.
– This does not apply to:
– nationals of France, their spouses and children;
– nationals of Andorra, Monaco, San Marino, Switzerland, Vatican City (Holy See) and an EEA Member State and their spouses and children;
– British nationals who are beneficiaries of the Agreement on withdrawal of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland from the European Union and the European Atomic Energy Community, and their family members. They must not arrive from Afghanistan, Algeria, Argentina, Bangladesh, Brazil, Colombia, Congo (Dem. Rep.), Costa Rica, Cuba, Georgia, Indonesia, Iran, Maldives, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Nepal, Pakistan, Russian Fed., Seychelles, South Africa, Suriname, Tunisia or Turkey;
– passengers arriving from Andorra, Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Belgium, Brunei Darussalam, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Chinese Taipei, Comoros, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong (SAR China), Hungary, Iceland, Ireland (Rep.), Italy, Japan, Jordan, Korea (Rep.), Latvia, Lebanon, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine, Uruguay, Vanuatu or Vatican City (Holy See). They must have not been outside these countries in the past 14 days;
– passengers with a residence permit issued by Andorra, Monaco, San Marino, Switzerland, Vatican City (Holy See) or an EEA Member State;
– merchant seamen;
– students. They must not arrive from Afghanistan, Algeria, Argentina, Bangladesh, Brazil, Colombia, Congo (Dem. Rep.), Costa Rica, Cuba, Georgia, Indonesia, Iran, Maldives, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Nepal, Pakistan, Russian Fed., Seychelles, South Africa, Suriname, Tunisia or Turkey;
– passengers with a Laissez-Passer;
– deadheading crew;
– passengers with a COVID-19 vaccination certificate and accompanying children younger than 18 years. The certificate must state they received:
– the first vaccine dose of Janssen at least 28 days before arrival; or
– the second vaccine dose of AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria), Covishield, Moderna (Spikevax) or Pfizer-BioNTech (Comirnaty) at least 7 days before arrival; or
– the first vaccine dose of AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria), Covishield, Moderna (Spikevax) or Pfizer-BioNTech (Comirnaty) at least 7 days before arrival and a proof of previous infection with COVID-19;
– More exemptions can be found at https://tinyurl.com/104zuyhq
2. Passengers arriving from red list countries: Afghanistan, Algeria, Argentina, Bangladesh, Brazil, Colombia, Congo (Dem. Rep.), Costa Rica, Cuba, Georgia, Indonesia, Iran, Maldives, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Nepal, Pakistan, Russian Fed., Seychelles, South Africa, Suriname, Tunisia or Turkey; must have a negative COVID-19 antigen or PCR test taken at most 48 hours before departure from the first embarkation point.
– This does not apply to:
– passengers younger than 12 years;
– merchant seamen;
– French military personnel returning from a mission abroad;
– deadheading crew;
– passengers with a COVID-19 vaccination certificate and accompanying children younger than 18 years. The certificate must state that they received:
– the first vaccine dose of Janssen at least 28 days before arrival; or
– the second vaccine dose of AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria), Covishield, Moderna (Spikevax) or Pfizer-BioNTech (Comirnaty) at least 7 days before arrival; or
– the first vaccine dose of AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria), Covishield, Moderna (Spikevax) or Pfizer-BioNTech (Comirnaty) at least 7 days before arrival and a proof of previous infection with COVID-19.
3. Passengers arriving from green list countries (except Cyprus, Greece, Malta, Netherlands, Portugal and Spain): Andorra, Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Belgium, Brunei Darussalam, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Chinese Taipei, Comoros, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong (SAR China), Hungary, Iceland, Ireland (Rep.), Italy, Japan, Jordan, Korea (Rep.), Latvia, Lebanon, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine, Uruguay, Vanuatu or Vatican City (Holy See) must have a negative COVID-19 antigen or PCR test taken at most 72 hours before departure from the first embarkation point.
– This does not apply to:
– passengers younger than 12 years;
– merchant seamen;
– French military personnel returning from a mission abroad;
– deadheading crew;
– passengers with a COVID-19 vaccination certificate and accompanying children younger than 18 years. The certificate must state that they received:
– the first vaccine dose of Janssen at least 28 days before arrival; or
– the second vaccine dose of AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria), Covishield, Moderna (Spikevax) or Pfizer-BioNTech (Comirnaty) at least 7 days before arrival; or
– the first vaccine dose of AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria), Covishield, Moderna (Spikevax) or Pfizer-BioNTech (Comirnaty) at least 7 days before arrival and a proof of previous infection with COVID-19;
– passengers with a positive COVID-19 antigen or PCR test issued at least 11 days and at most 6 months before departure from the first embarkation point.
4. Passengers arriving from Cyprus, Greece, Malta, Netherlands, Portugal or Spain must have a negative COVID-19 antigen or PCR test taken at most 24 hours before departure from the first embarkation point.
– This does not apply to:
– passengers younger than 12 years;
– merchant seamen;
– French military personnel returning from a mission abroad;
– deadheading crew;
– passengers with a COVID-19 vaccination certificate and accompanying children younger than 18 years. The certificate must state that they received:
– the first vaccine dose of Janssen at least 28 days before arrival; or
– the second vaccine dose of AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria), Covishield, Moderna (Spikevax) or Pfizer-BioNTech (Comirnaty) at least 7 days before arrival; or
– the first vaccine dose of AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria), Covishield, Moderna (Spikevax) or Pfizer-BioNTech (Comirnaty) at least 7 days before arrival and a proof of previous infection with COVID-19;
– passengers with a positive COVID-19 antigen or PCR test issued at least 11 days and at most 6 months before departure from the first embarkation point.
5. Passengers arriving from the United Kingdom must have a negative COVID-19 antigen or PCR test taken at most 24 hours before departure from the first embarkation point.
– This does not apply to:
– passengers younger than 12 years;
– merchant seamen;
– French military personnel returning from a mission abroad;
– deadheading crew;
– passengers with a COVID-19 vaccination certificate and accompanying children younger than 18 years. The certificate must state that they received:
– the first vaccine dose of Janssen at least 28 days before arrival; or
– the second vaccine dose of AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria), Covishield, Moderna (Spikevax) or Pfizer-BioNTech (Comirnaty) at least 7 days before arrival; or
– the first vaccine dose of AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria), Covishield, Moderna (Spikevax) or Pfizer-BioNTech (Comirnaty) at least 7 days before arrival and a proof of previous infection with COVID-19.
6. Passengers arriving from all other countries (orange countries except United Kingdom) must have:
– a negative COVID-19 antigen test taken at most 48 hours before departure from the first embarkation point; or
– a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken at most 72 hours before departure from the first embarkation point.
– This does not apply to:
– passengers younger than 12 years;
– merchant seamen;
– French military personnel returning from a mission abroad;
– deadheading crew;
– passengers with a COVID-19 vaccination certificate and accompanying children younger than 18 years. The certificate must state that they received:
– the first vaccine dose of Janssen at least 28 days before arrival; or
– the second vaccine dose of AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria), Covishield, Moderna (Spikevax) or Pfizer-BioNTech (Comirnaty) at least 7 days before arrival; or
– the first vaccine dose of AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria), Covishield, Moderna (Spikevax) or Pfizer-BioNTech (Comirnaty) at least 7 days before arrival and a proof of previous infection with COVID-19.
7. All passengers must have a completed sworn statement obtained at https://tinyurl.com/104zuyhq
– This does not apply to deadheading crew.
8. Passengers entering or transiting through France from orange and red list countries must present a completed Travel Certificate before boarding and to immigration upon arrival obtained at https://tinyurl.com/104zuyhq
– This does not apply to:
– passengers with a COVID-19 vaccination certificate and accompanying children younger than 18 years. The certificate must state they received:
– the first vaccine dose of Janssen at least 28 days before arrival; or
– the second vaccine dose of AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria), Covishield, Moderna (Spikevax) or Pfizer-BioNTech (Comirnaty) at least 7 days before arrival; or
– the first vaccine dose of AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria), Covishield, Moderna (Spikevax) or Pfizer-BioNTech (Comirnaty) at least 7 days before arrival and a proof of previous infection with COVID-19.
Effective 12 September 2021, Israel and USA will be added to the list of orange countries.
9. Passengers could be subject to a COVID-19 test upon arrival. More details can be found at https://tinyurl.com/4wtws28x
10. Passengers could be subject to self-isolation or quarantine for up to 10 days.
– This does not apply to passengers with a COVID-19 vaccination certificate and accompanying children younger than 18 years. The certificate must state they received:
– the first vaccine dose of Janssen at least 28 days before arrival; or
– the second vaccine dose of AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria), Covishield, Moderna (Spikevax) or Pfizer-BioNTech (Comirnaty) at least 7 days before arrival; or
– the first vaccine dose of AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria), Covishield, Moderna (Spikevax) or Pfizer-BioNTech (Comirnaty) at least 7 days before arrival and a proof of previous infection with COVID-19.
More exemptions can be found at https://tinyurl.com/4wtws28x

 

Detailed Tourist Information

The conditions for entering France will depend on your country of departure and your vaccination status.

The updated list of countries and related rules is available at diplomatie.gouv.fr (https://bit.ly/3wZhUXf)

Children under 12 years old are exempted from testing and quarantine requirements.

Travel from “green” countries

Non-vaccinated travelers are subject to the requirement for a pre-departure negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours prior to arrival.

Accepted tests: PCR and antigenic.

Travel from “orange” countries

Vaccinated people (with EMA-approved vaccines) arriving from “orange” countries are not required to present any negative test and do not need to self-isolate.

Non-vaccinated travellers may enter France only for urgent reasons. In addition to the pre-departure COVID-19 test requirement (PCR test taken 72 hours prior to departure, or antigenic test taken 48 hours prior to departure), they are also subject to 7-day self-isolation and they may also be subject to random antigenic tests upon arrival.

Non vaccinated travellers from the UK should present a negative COVID-19 test taken less than 24 hours before departure.

Travel from “red” countries

Vaccinated people (with EMA approved vaccines) arriving from “red” countries are not required to present any negative test and do not need to self-isolate.

Non-vaccinated travelers arriving from “red” countries may enter France only for urgent reasons and are subject to a pre-departure COVID-19 test requirement (PCR or antigenic test taken 48 hours prior to departure), plus an antigenic test upon their arrival in France.

They are also subject to a 10-day mandatory quarantine.
 

Lockdown Details

A Covid-19 certificate (Pass Sanitaire), compatible with the EU Digital Covid Certificates (EUDCC) format, is necessary to access all cultural or recreational events, held indoors or outdoors as well as to enter museums, cinemas, cafés, restaurants, shopping centres, hospitals, retirement houses and for long distance-travel by plane, train or bus.

Precision: the Covid-19 certificate will only become necessary for people aged 12 to 17 after 30 September.

Children under 12 years old do not need a Covid-19 certificate.

For further detailed information, you can visit www.gouvernement.fr/info-coronavirus
 

Sources

https://reopen.europa.eu/en/map/FRA
Data Source: covidcontrols.co