COVID-19 travel restrictions: France

Travel Restrictions

By

By |

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.

The first thing you have to do when traveling to France is to fill in a few forms:

  • The EU Digital Passenger Locator Form (all travelers)
  • The Eos Electronic Form (for arrivals from “orange” countries)

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)

Since February 1, 2022, persons aged eighteen or over have to receive a booster dose no later than nine months following the injection of the last required dose to be considered as fully vaccinated.

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 from February 12, 2022, fully vaccinated travelers are no longer required to present a COVID-19 test result regardless of the country they arrive from.

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” and “orange” 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” and “orange” 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 May 2022, the “green” list includes the following countries:

  • EU countries
  • Andorra
  • Iceland
  • Liechtenstein
  • Monaco
  • Norway
  • San Marino
  • The Vatican
  • Switzerland
  • Albania
  • Angola
  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Argentina
  • Aruba
  • Azerbaijan
  • Bahamas
  • Bahrain
  • Bangladesh
  • Barbados
  • Belize
  • Benin
  • Bolivia
  • Bonaire St. Eustatius and Saba
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Botswana
  • Bhutan
  • Brazil
  • British Virgin Islands
  • Burkina Faso
  • Burundi
  • Cambodia
  • Cameroon
  • Cape Verde
  • Canada
  • Chad
  • Chile
  • Colombia
  • Comoros
  • Congo
  • Costa Rica
  • Côte d’Ivoire
  • Cuba
  • Curaçao
  • Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Djibouti
  • Dominican Republic
  • Ecuador
  • Egypt
  • El Salvador
  • Equatorial Guinea
  • East Timor
  • Eswatini
  • Ethiopia
  • Faroe Islands
  • Fiji
  • Gabon
  • Gambia
  • Ghana
  • Greenland
  • Grenada
  • Guatemala
  • Guinea
  • Guinea Bissau
  • Honduras
  • Hong Kong
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Iraq
  • Jamaica
  • Japan
  • Jordan
  • Kazakhstan
  • Kenya
  • Kiribati
  • Kosovo
  • Kuwait
  • Laos
  • Lebanon
  • Lesotho
  • Liberia
  • Madagascar
  • Maldives
  • Malawi
  • Malaysia
  • Mauritania
  • Mauritius
  • Mexico
  • Moldova
  • Mongolia
  • Montenegro
  • Montserrat
  • Morocco
  • Mozambique
  • Myanmar
  • Namibia
  • Nepal
  • New Zealand
  • Nicaragua
  • Niger
  • Nigeria
  • Northern Macedonia
  • Oman
  • Pakistan
  • Panama
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Paraguay
  • Peru
  • Philippines
  • Puerto Rico
  • Qatar
  • Rwanda
  • Saint Kitts and Nevis
  • Saint Lucia
  • Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Samoa
  • Sao Tome and Principe
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Senegal
  • Serbia
  • Seychelles
  • Solomon Islands
  • South Africa
  • South Korea
  • South Sudan
  • Sri Lanka
  • Sudan
  • Taiwan
  • Tanzania
  • Togo
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Tunisia
  • Turkey
  • Turks and Caicos Islands
  • Uganda
  • Ukraine
  • United Arab Emirates
  • United Kingdom
  • United States of America
  • Uruguay
  • Vanuatu
  • Venezuela
  • Vietnam
  • Virgin Islands
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe

Vaccinated travelers have to present only proof of vaccination.

Unvaccinated travelers have to present one of the following documents:

  • A certificate of recovery of 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

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 May 2022, the “orange” countries are the countries not included in the “green” 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

Can I leave France?

Travel COVID-19 restrictions on leaving France depend on the country of your destination. Please take your time to learn the requirements of your destination country.

Travel documents if I am vaccinated

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

Please ensure to 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
  • Entertainment and cultural venues, as well as restaurants and interregional transport, require to show proof of valid vaccination, recovery, or COVID-19 testing

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?

At present, the requirements concerning self-isolation depend on whether you have been in close contact with infected people or not.
Thus, if you are fully vaccinated and have been in close contact, you are not obliged to self-isolate. However, you are required to:
  • Do an antigen or RT-PCR test as soon as you find out that you are a close contact
  • Undergo a self-test on day two and day four after you were last in contact
  • If you test positive, you have to get self-isolated
If you are unvaccinated and have been in close contact with infected ones, you have to:
  • Self-isolate for seven days as of the day you were last in contact with the person who tested positive
  • Undergo a PCR or rapid antigen test

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.

Useful links:

Read more on this story
France looks to ban short-haul domestic flights

Greeks are inviting the world to visit their country

Cool alternatives to mainstream destinations