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New France Travel Rules Explained

French authorities have revealed that fully vaccinated travelers, regardless of country of origin, can now enter France without having to undergo a pre-entry test.

According to data provided by the French Ministry of the Interior, fully vaccinated travelers can now enter France by presenting only a valid vaccination certificate, reports.

The test requirement has been scrapped for all travelers, even for those arriving in France from a non-EU country.

“For travelers who have been vaccinated within the meaning of European regulations, no further tests will be required upon departure. Proof of a complete vaccination schedule becomes sufficient to arrive in France, regardless of the country of origin, as was the case before the distribution of the Omicron variant,” reads a statement French Ministry of the Interior.

Such a statement indicates that France has decided to implement a person-based approach and not discriminate between fully vaccinated travelers from the European Union and those from a third country.

On the other hand, pre-test requirements will continue to apply to unvaccinated travelers. However, the ministry made it clear that travelers from green countries will continue to be exempt from this rule, regardless of their vaccination status.

France’s green list currently includes all EU member states, including Andorra, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway, San Marino, Switzerland, and the Vatican City states, as well as other third countries – Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Bahrain, and the United Arab Emirates United Arab Emirates, Honduras, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Kuwait, New Zealand, Qatar, Senegal, Rwanda, Taiwan and Vanuatu.

“For unvaccinated travelers, the obligation to provide a negative test for travel to France remains, but procedures are lifted on arrival (testing and isolation) when they come from countries on the “green” list, which have a moderate spread of the virus, the ministry explained.

Only non-vaccinated Green List travelers are required to submit a negative test result taken prior to arrival. In contrast, non-vaccinated travelers from the orange list, which consists of all countries not mentioned above, must provide a compelling reason for their trip in addition to the test.

With regard to the validity of vaccination certificates, the authorities have made it clear once again that France only recognizes vaccination cards that prove that the holder has completed the initial vaccination within the past nine months.

Travelers who have been vaccinated more than nine months ago need to receive a booster shot to be considered immune and therefore exempt from testing requirements upon arrival in France.

Children under 12 years of age are exempt from the entry rules.

>> France now has a validity period of 9 months for vaccination certificates

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