COVID-19 travel restrictions: France

Travel Restrictions

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This article was published on December 13, 2021, and all the information in the article is correct as of this time. Before you book your trip, we highly recommend that you also check official sources for the most up-to-date travel requirements, as they are subject to constant change.

Can I enter France?

Panoramic view of Lille in winterLille in the winter — Shutterstock

Presently, you can enter France. Nevertheless, please be aware that certain COVID-19 restrictions are in place.

Please note that you must first fill in a sworn declaration when traveling to France. This document states that:

  • You have no symptoms of COVID-19 infection
  • You have not, to your knowledge, been in contact with infected people in the 14 days prior to the trip

Presenting the declaration at boarding is mandatory for all travelers regardless of their vaccination status, otherwise, there is a high risk of being unable to board. Only people under the age of 12 are exempt from this rule.

Can I enter France if I am vaccinated? 

You can enter France if you are fully vaccinated. You are considered fully vaccinated if you have received both doses of a two-dose vaccine at least seven days before arriving in France (in the case of a single-dose Janssen — 28 days) 

As of December 2021, there are four vaccines approved in France:

  • Moderna
  • Pfizer
  • Oxford / AstraZeneca
  • Janssen (Johnson & Johnson)

Travel documents if I am vaccinated 

If you are vaccinated, present one of the following documents:

  • Travelers from the EU countries — the EU digital COVID certificate
  • Travelers from outside the EU countries — another document confirming vaccination status

Please note that negative test results may be required from vaccinated travelers if traveling from certain countries. Scroll down to the Traveling to France from “green”, “orange”, “red” or “scarlet” countries section to know if you need to get tested.

In addition, starting from December 4, 2021, a restriction for travelers from the UK has come into effect. Vaccinated persons aged 12 years or over have to present a PCR or antigen test with a negative result less than 48 hours old before arriving in France.

Can I enter France if I am unvaccinated?

You can enter France if you are unvaccinated.

Travel documents if I am unvaccinated

If you are unvaccinated, you have to present one of the following documents:

  • Proof of recovery from COVID-19 (PCR or antigen test) dated at least 11 days and less than 6 months
  • A negative PCR test of less than 72 hours or antigen test of less than 48 hours old before arriving

Please be aware that starting from December 4, 2021, unvaccinated travelers from the UK have to present a PCR or antigen test that was taken less than 24 hours before arriving in France (instead of 72 and 48 hours for other countries).

Traveling to France from “green”, “orange”, “red” or “scarlet” countries

Man stood on an underground train wearing a surgical maskIn an effort to prevent the spread of Covid-19, France has its own traffic-light system for classifying the risk of incoming travelers — Shutterstock

Currently, the French government divides countries into “green”, “orange”, “red” and “scarlet” ones. Entry requirements are different for all categories. 

Traveling to France from “green” countries

Both vaccinated and unvaccinated travelers can enter France for tourism from the “green” countries. As of December 2021, the “green” list includes the following countries:

  • Member States of the European Union 
  • Andorra
  • Iceland
  • Liechtenstein
  • Monaco
  • Norway
  • San Marino
  • Switzerland
  • The Vatican
  • Australia
  • Argentina
  • Bahrain
  • Canada
  • Hong Kong
  • Kuwait
  • Japan
  • Jordan
  • Lebanon
  • New Zealand
  • Qatar
  • Rwanda
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Senegal
  • South Korea
  • Taiwan
  • Union of Comoros
  • United Arab Emirates
  • Uruguay
  • Vanuatu

Vaccinated travelers have to present both:

  • Proof of vaccination status
  • A negative PCR or antigen test taken less than 48 hours before arriving in France (except for arrivals from EU countries, Andorra, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway, San Marino, the Vatican, and Switzerland)

Unvaccinated travelers have to present one of the following documents:

  • A certificate of recovery more than 11 days and less than 180 days old
  • A negative PCR test or antigen test less than 48 hours or less than 24 hours prior to departure

A test less than 24 hours is valid for travelers from:

  • EU countries
  • Andorra
  • Iceland
  • Liechtenstein
  • Monaco
  • Norway
  • San Marino
  • The Vatican
  • Switzerland

Traveling to France from “orange” countries

Please note that traveling to France for tourism is only possible for fully vaccinated travelers from “orange” countries. If you are unvaccinated, you can enter France only after giving a compelling reason for visiting (tourism is not included in this list). You can find the full list of compelling reasons on the official website.

As of December 2021, the “orange” countries are defined as the countries included neither in the “green” nor “red’ lists.

Vaccinated travelers have to present only a certificate of vaccination. While unvaccinated travelers (provided the presence of a compelling reason) must have one of the following documents:

  • Proof of recovery from COVID-19 (PCR or antigen test) dating at least 11 days and less than six months 
  • A negative PCR test of less than 48 hours old before arriving

Traveling to France from “red” countries

Please be aware that traveling to France for tourism is only possible for fully vaccinated travelers from “red” countries. Unvaccinated can enter France only after giving a compelling reason for visiting (tourism is not included in this list). 

As of December 2021, the “red” list includes the following countries:

  • Afghanistan
  • Belarus
  • Brazil
  • Costa Rica
  • Cuba
  • Georgia
  • Mauritius
  • Moldavia
  • Montenegro
  • Pakistan
  • Russia
  • Serbia
  • Turkey
  • Ukraine

Vaccinated travelers have to present both:

  • Proof of your vaccination status
  • A negative PCR or antigen test taken less than 48 hours before arriving in France

Unvaccinated travelers (given they have a compelling reason) must have one of the following documents:

  • Proof of recovery from COVID-19 (PCR or antigen test) dating at least 11 days and less than six months 
  • A negative PCR test of less than 48 hours old before arriving

Traveling to France from “scarlet” countries

Please note that both vaccinated and vaccinated travelers can enter France from the “scarlet” counties only with a compelling reason (tourism is not considered as such). As of December 2021, the “scarlet” list includes the following countries:

  • Botswana
  • Eswatini
  • Lesotho
  • Malawi
  • Mozambique
  • Namibia
  • South Africa
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe

Be aware that all travelers (whether vaccinated or unvaccinated) must present a negative PCR test taken not less than 48 hours or a negative antigen test taken no less than 24 hours prior to departure.

Can I leave France?

Travel COVID-19 restrictions on leaving France depend on the country of your destination. Please take your time to study the information presented below.

Traveling from France to “green,” “orange,” “red” or “scarlet” countries

Currently, the French government divides countries into “green,” “orange,” “red” and “scarlet” ones. Restrictions on traveling to certain countries are different for all categories.

Traveling from France to “green” countries 

You can travel to “green” countries from France. Nevertheless, please ensure you know the requirements of the destination country in advance.

Traveling from France to “orange” and “red” countries 

Vaccinated travelers can travel to the “orange” and “red” countries from France without restrictions. However, unvaccinated travelers can travel to these countries only for a compelling reason. Please check the official site to learn compelling reasons.

Traveling from France to “scarlet” countries 

Please be aware that both vaccinated and unvaccinated travelers must present a compelling reason to travel to the “scarlet” countries.

Travel documents if I am vaccinated

  • A certificate of full vaccination against COVID-19 in paper or electronic format

Please learn the requirements about the need for a negative test result for your destination in advance. 

Travel documents if I am unvaccinated

  • A certificate of recovery from COVID-19 (no more than 180 days old before the day of crossing the border of a particular country)
  • A negative COVID-19 test result (the relevant period and kind of test may vary, please check the requirements of the destination country)

COVID-19 situation in France currently

After the third lockdown, international travel to France has become safer. However, please be aware that some COVID-19 restrictions are still in place.

FAQs

The Cathédrale Notre-Dame at nightThe Cathédrale Notre-Dame in Paris — Shutterstock

Is it safe to travel to France right now?

Your visit to France will be safe if you adhere to the following local regulations:
  • Wearing masks in public places
  • Restaurants, cafes and open-air terraces permit up to six people per table
  • The maximum capacity of massive events is 800 people indoors and 1,000 outdoors

Is Paris open for travel?

Presently, Paris is open for travelers. Covid-related restrictions in the capital are the same as in the rest of the country.  Check out our travel guide to Paris we prepared for you. 

Do I have to quarantine if I go to France?

Quarantine requirements in France vary depending on the country you are traveling from:
  • Travelers from the “green” countries are exempt from quarantine regardless of vaccination status.
  • Both vaccinated and unvaccinated travelers from the “orange” are subjected to a seven-day self-isolation.
  • Whether vaccinated or unvaccinated, travelers from the “red” are subjected to a ten-day self-isolation.
  • In the case of coming from “scarlet” countries, there are no defined measures about self–isolation in France. Responsible authorities will make decisions and report the traveler.

How do I get a health pass to travel to France?

  • For travelers from the EU and Schengen Area — the EU Digital COVID Certificate
  • For travelers outside the EU and Schengen — please visit Sante.fr
In the latter case, you have to go to the site, fill in your data and receive a QR-code that will be valid in France.

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