Travel to France during Covid-19 pandemic

Last update December 18th, 2021

The rules entering in France are different according to the color given to your country by the French Health authorities.

Do not hesitate to check the website of the French embassy/consulate in your country for more specific information.

Map created by Home affairs government department - Last update December 18th, 2021
Map created by Home affairs government department - Last update December 18th, 2021

TIGHTENING OF HEALTH CONTROL MEASURES AT BORDERS WITH THE UNITED KINGDOM

In response to the extremely swift spread of the Omicron variant in the UK, the Government has decided to reintroduce compelling reasons for inbound and outbound travel with the UK, as well as tighten the testing requirement on departure and arrival.

Accordingly, effective from Saturday Dec. 18th 2021 at midnight (12:00 am), the following rules shall apply for all travel between the UK and France:

  • A compelling reason must be given for travel to or from the UK, for both unvaccinated and vaccinated persons. These reasons will not authorise travel for tourism or business reasons. However, these compelling reasons will not apply to French nationals and their spouses (married, civil union or concubine) and children, who will still be able to travel to France and rejoin their UK residence.
  • On departure, vaccinated persons must present a negative test result (PCR or TAG) dated less than 24 hours, which amounts to aligning with the rules already in force for non-vaccinated persons.
  • Prior to their trip, all travellers from the UK shall be required to register on a digital platform allowing them to enter the address where they will be staying in France. This platform will be used to generate prefectural decrees requiring all travellers, whether unvaccinated or vaccinated, to be isolated in the place of their choice. This isolation obligation can be waived after 48 hours, subject to presentation of a negative test result (PCR or TAG).

Checks will be organised to ensure effective enforcement of these measures.

The Government equally urges all travellers who had planned to go to the UK to postpone their trip.

Covid-19: changes to the rules for travel to and from abroad from 4 December

In order to fight against the epidemic circulation linked to Covid-19, new travel rules will come into force from 4 December 2021.

 

From now on, any person entering French territory must present a negative PCR or antigenic test less than 24 or 48 hours old, depending on the country of origin. The only exception is for people with a complete vaccination schedule who do not have to present a test when they arrive from a European Union Member State, Andorra, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway, San Marino, the Holy See or Switzerland.

 

In addition, to cope with the spread of the Omicron variant, the classification of countries, defined on the basis of health indicators, has evolved, with the addition of a "scarlet" country classification:

  • Green" countries: no active circulation of the virus.
  • Orange" countries: active circulation of the virus in controlled proportions.
  • Red" countries: active virus circulation, presence of variants of concern.
  • Scarlet" countries: particularly active circulation of the virus and/or discovery of a variant likely to present a risk of increased transmissibility or immune escape.

 

GREEN countries:

European Union, Australia, Canada, Iceland, Japan, New Zealand, Norway, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Taiwan, United States

  • If you are fully vaccinated: you must show the vaccination certificate delivered by the health authorities of your country.
  • If you do not have the complete vaccination schedule, or you are not vaccinated: you must show a -72h PCR / -48h Antigen negative test result (mandatory from 11 y.o.). 
    • For travelers coming from Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia, European countries under surveillance, a negative PCR or antigenic test of less than 24h is required.

You also must download and fill out a sworn statement declaring not to have COVID-19 symptoms. 

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Sworn statement (for EU and "green" countries)
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ORANGE countries:

  • If you are fully vaccinated: 
    • You must show the vaccination certificate delivered by the health authorities of your country.
    • You must also show a -72h PCR / -48h Antigen negative test result (mandatory from the age of 11).
  • If you do not have the complete vaccination schedule, or you are not vaccinated:
    • You can only travel to France for a compelling reason (check the document below).
    • You must also show a -72h PCR / -48h Antigen negative test result (mandatory from the age of 11).
    • Likewise, you could be subject to do an antigen test at your arrival at the airport (€25).
    • Finally, you must respect a 7-day quarantine. 

You also must download and fill out a sworn statement declaring not to have COVID-19 symptoms. 

If not vaccinated, you also have to fill out an "entrance document to France"

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Sworn statement (for "orange" countries)
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Entrance document for NO vaccinated persons ("orange" countries)
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RED countries:

  • If you are fully vaccinated: 
    • You must show the vaccination certificate delivered by the health authorities of your country.
    • You can only travel to France for a compelling reason (check the document below).
      • Brazil: Desde o dia 17 de julho, pessoas com o ciclo de vacinação completo não estão mais sujeitas à comprovação de motivos imperiosos para entrar na França.
    • You must also show a -72h PCR / -48h Antigen negative test result (mandatory from the age of 11).
    • You will be subject to do an antigen test at your arrival at the airport (€25).
    • Finally, you must respect a 7-day quarantine. 
  • If you do not have the complete vaccination schedule, or you are not vaccinated:
    • You can only travel to France for a compelling reason (check the document below).
    • You must also show a -72h PCR / -48h Antigen negative test result (mandatory from the age of 11).
    • You will be subject to do an antigen test at your arrival at the airport (€25).
    • Finally, you must respect a 10-day quarantine. Police can check you are respecting that.
    • Proof document about the place where you will spend the quarantine.

You also must download and fill out a sworn statement declaring not to have COVID-19 symptoms. You also have to fill out an "entrance document to France"

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Sworn statement ("red" countries)
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Entrance document ("red" countries)
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Covid-19 restrictions in France

From 12 years old

The Health Pass (vaccination certificate OR recovery certificate OR PCR / Antigen negative test result) will be necessary to access places of leisure and culturecafeterias, bars, restaurants, retirement homes, hospitals as well as to travel by plane (including domestic flights), in long-distance buses and trains.

Cost of PCR / antigen testing

The average cost of a PCR test is about €54. The antigen test has a cost of €25. 

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