COVID-19: Can I enter France? [fr]

Public health measures apply to all travellers leaving or entering France. Moreover, restrictions on access to French territory are in place, depending on travellers’ country of departure.

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

You are considered fully vaccinated:

  • 28 days after one dose of the Janssen vaccine,
  • 7 days after the second dose for the other vaccines recognized by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) (Pfizer/Comirnaty, Moderna, AstraZeneca/Vaxzevria/Covishield)
  • For people who have received all the required doses of a vaccine authorized by the WHO which has not been recognized by the EMA, 7 days after one additional dose of a messenger RNA vaccine recognized by the EMA.

The measures applicable to vaccinated adults also apply to any minors accompanying them, whether they are vaccinated or not.

In all cases, the usual travel restrictions apply (visas, duration of stay, etc.).

Whatever your place of departure, if you show symptoms of COVID-19 upon arrival in France, you will be quarantined or placed and kept in isolation by the prefect.

It is important to note that other rules apply to travel to and from French overseas territories.

For more information, visit the website of the French Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs.

Specific rules apply to hauliers

A list of countries of departure has been drawn up on the basis of the health indicators. The countries on the lists could change if their epidemic situation changes.

If you arrive from a country/territory on the “green” list

A. Countries in the European space

Countries in the European space : European Union, Andorra, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway, San Marino, the Holy See and Switzerland. - PNG
Travellers aged 12 and over who do not have proof of full vaccination or a certificate of recovery from COVID-19 dated more than 11 days and less than six months prior must present a negative result of a PCR or antigen test taken less than 24 hours before travelling.

They could be required to take an antigen test upon arrival.

This will not apply to:

  • trips by residents of cross-border areas (border within a 30 km radius of your residence, and for a duration of less than 24 hours);
  • work-related trips, the urgent or frequent nature of which makes them incompatible with these tests;
  • trips by hauliers carrying out their work.

To avail of the exemptions above, you must have a document proving the reasons for your trip.

B. Countries/territories on the “green” list outside of the European space

Countries/territories on the “green” list outside of the European space: Argentina, Australia, Bahrain, Hong Kong, Japan, Kuwait, New Zealand, Qatar, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, South Korea, Taiwan, United Arab Emirates, Uruguay and Vanuatu. - PNG

All travellers aged 12 and over, regardless of their vaccination status, coming from these countries/territories must present upon boarding a negative result of a PCR or antigen test taken less than 48 hours before the flight.

They could be required to take an antigen test upon arrival.

If you arrive from a country/territory on the “orange” list

Countries/territories on the “orange” list: every country/territory in the world, except those on the green list and the red list. - PNG

A. United Kingdom

All travellers aged 12 and over, regardless of their vaccination status, coming from these countries/territories must present upon boarding a negative result of a PCR or antigen test taken less than 24 hours before the flight.

Vaccinated travellers:

  • are not required to have pressing grounds to travel;
  • could be required to take an antigen test upon arrival.

Unvaccinated travellers:

  • must have pressing grounds to travel; the list of pressing grounds is set out in the certificate of international travel drawn up by the Ministry of the Interior.
  • must register before departure on the digital platform éOS-COVID;
  • are subject to a mandatory 10-day quarantine supervised by security forces.

B. Countries/territories on the “orange” list, except for the United Kingdom

All travellers aged 12 and over, regardless of their vaccination status, coming from these countries/territories must present upon boarding a negative result of a PCR or antigen test taken less than 48 hours before the flight.

They could be required to take an antigen test upon arrival.

In order to facilitate administrative procedures, they are asked to register before departure on the digital platform éOS-COVID.

Vaccinated travellers are not required to have pressing grounds to travel.

Unvaccinated travellers:

  • must have pressing grounds to travel; the list of pressing grounds is set out in the certificate of international travel drawn up by the Ministry of the Interior.
  • must pledge to self-isolate for 7 days and to be tested at the end of the 7 days.

If you arrive from a country/territory on the “red” list

Countries/territories on the “red” list: Afghanistan, Belarus, Botswana, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Eswatini, Georgia, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Moldova, Montenegro, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Pakistan, Russia, South Africa, Suriname, Tanzania, Turkey, Ukraine, United States, Zambia and Zimbabwe - PNG

All travellers aged 12 and over, regardless of their vaccination status, coming from these countries/territories must present upon boarding a negative result of a PCR or antigen test taken less than 48 hours before the flight.

In order to facilitate administrative procedures, they are asked to register before departure on the digital platform éOS-COVID.

Vaccinated travellers:

  • are not required to have pressing grounds to travel;
  • could be required to take an antigen test upon arrival.

Unvaccinated travellers:

  • must have pressing grounds to travel; the list of pressing grounds is set out in the certificate of international travel drawn up by the Ministry of the Interior.
  • must take a mandatory antigen test upon arrival;
  • are subject to a mandatory 10-day quarantine supervised by security forces.

Travel documents

Depending on your circumstances, you must complete and carry some of the following documents in order to board:

  • a sworn declaration that can be downloaded on the Interior Ministry’s website stating that:
    • you do not have any 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;
    • (if you are aged 12 years or older) you agree to submit to a virological RTSARS-CoV-2PCR test for SARS-CoV-2 upon arrival in France;
    • (if you are aged 12 years or older, unvaccinated and coming from a country on the orange list) you must pledge to self-isolate for 7 days;
    • (if you are a traveller subject to a mandatory quarantine) you are aware that you will have to quarantine for 10 days upon arrival in France.
  • If you are vaccinated: proof of vaccination. It will only be valid if it proves that you are fully vaccinated, (see above);
  • (if you are a traveller that must have pressing grounds to travel) an exempted international travel certificate for Metropolitan France, that can be downloaded on the Interior Ministry’s website. You must present this certificate to travel companies before using your travel ticket, as well as to border control authorities (for travel by air, sea and land, including by rail);
  • (if you are a traveller subject to a mandatory quarantine) proof of location of self-isolation, and where appropriate, access details for inspectors to carry out checks.

If you fail to produce these documents, you will be denied boarding and will have to leave the boarding area.

Last modified on 18/01/2022

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