France is open to tourists from all over the world including EU nations and the U.S.
Fully vaccinated travelers from EU or “green” countries can enter without submitting a negative Covid-19 PCR test or going into quarantine.
All arrivals must download the “AllAntiCovid” travel App and bring a negative COVID-19 test. Vaccinated visitors from “orange” countries will no longer need to quarantine on arrival.
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France Travel Restrictions – Latest Updates
July 22 – France to request “health passport” for access leisure and cultural venues from July 21
Effective July 21, tourists and locals will need to bring their “health pass” (pass sanitaire) if they want to access restaurants, bars, cinemas, museums, as well as to board trains and airplanes.
Right after the announcement, more than a million French people scheduled a vaccination appointment on the medical website Doctolib according to the company’s CEO on Twitter.
“I can understand that the French were worried, that they had doubts,” said government spokesperson Gabriel Attal, “but I tell them very sincerely and very honestly: the time is not for doubting the vaccine, we now have to go for it.”
Those who chose not to get vaccinated must present a negative COVID-19 test every time they want to go to the aforementioned places.
July 4 – France reopened for tourism to the U.S and other 26 territories from the end of June
France reopened its borders to American and other tourists from the end of June. To be allowed entry, fully vaccinated visitors must have received one of the EU-approved vaccines.
The country is currently accepting visitors inoculated with Pfizer, Moderna AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson (Janssen).
Travelers who opted for vaccines different from these will still need to prove their compelling reasons to travel to France.
The government has recently moved the United States to its “green list” of countries. So for now U.S. visitors are allowed entry regardless of vaccination status. However, this may change with little to no prior notice.
(Source: Times of India)
June 22 – France reopened for tourism but banned 18 countries from June 17
France reopened for international tourism on June 9 removing the need for coronavirus tests for vaccinated Europeans. Allowed countries will be updated on a weekly basis depending on the epidemiology situation of each territory.
The new color-code system informs travelers the type of restrictions they will face upon arrival and also the ones that have been lifted.
On June 17, France banned visitors from South Africa, Argentina, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Suriname, Uruguay, Paraguay, Afghanistan and Maldives due to a high incidence of COVID-19.
France is currently discussing the possibility of relaxing multiple COVID-19 related restrictions on June 23 and on July 9.
(Source: French Gov.)
Color-code classification to enter France
Residents from the E.U., and the Schengen area, plus other non-European nations are allowed entry for any reason including tourism. (Updated – July 22).
- Hong Kong
- New Zealand
- North Macedonia
- Saudi Arabia
- South Korea
- United States
Only travel for essential reasons is allowed. A negative PCR test and a 14-day quarantine are mandatory.
- Costa Rica
- Democratic Republic of Congo
- South Africa
- Sri Lanka
Countries that do not appear on the green or orange lists, belong on the orange one.
Source: French Government
Are there any specific rules for French Overseas Territories?
The specific rules for overseas territories are available at the following websites:
- French Guyana
- New Caledonia
- French Polynesia
- Saint Barts and Saint Martin (French side)
- Saint Pierre and Miquelon
- The French Southern and Antarctic territories
- Wallis and Futuna
How can non-EU visitors assess if their travel is essential?
For individuals needing to travel to France but whose passport belongs to one of the restricted countries, there is the possibility to be admitted under one of these categories.
- Foreign students with a long-stay visa.
- Academics who have been invited by -or work for- a higher education institution.
- Crew members engaged in transporting goods or people, or manning fishing vessels.
- Family reunification for children, spouse, or parents of a French citizen.
- Essential Workers such as diplomats and healthcare professionals.
Are there additional requirements for foreign nationals coming from a restricted country?
Check for restrictions and additional requirements here.
COVID-19 cases in France
As of July 22, the country has reported 5,911,601 confirmed COVID cases and 111,554 deaths.
Is it safe to visit France now?
France has been placed as a “Level 4: Very High Level of COVID-19” by the CDC.gov due to its high infectious rate and it is not safe to visit at the moment.
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