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Now It Is Easier Than Ever to Travel to France In Spite of COVID-19: Vaccination, Testing & More Entry Rules Explained

Similar to other EU/Schengen area countries, France has also decided to relax entry rules and allow entry for all travelers.

France currently classifies all countries of the world into two different categories – green and orange. Thus, different rules apply to travelers, depending on which country they are traveling from, reports.

Traveling from a green country

According to data provided by the French Ministry of the Interior, the Green List currently consists of all EU/EEA countries.

Additionally, the green list includes all of the following countries as well:

Americas: Argentina, Bahamas, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Honduras, Jamaica, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Venezuela, United States.

African countries: Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Chad, Comoros, Congo, Côte d’Ivoire, Djibouti, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Eswatini, Ethiopia, Gabon, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritania, Mauritius, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Seychelles, Senegal, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Asian countries: Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, East Timor, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Laos, Myanmar, Nepal, Oman, Pakistan, Philippines, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, United Arab Emirates and Vietnam.

Oceania: Fiji, New Zealand, Samoa, Vanuatu.

Travelers arriving in France from one of the Green List countries are exempt from additional rules, such as testing and isolation requirements. The ministry explains that travelers from “safe areas” are allowed to enter France without restrictions as long as they present a valid vaccination certificate.

“For travelers who have been vaccinated within the meaning of European regulations, no further testing is 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 Ministry.

The vaccination certificate is valid upon entry into France if the document proves that the holder has completed the initial vaccination within the past nine months or received a booster dose.

Apart from vaccinated travelers, the ministry clarifies that unvaccinated travelers from green list countries can also enter France for travel purposes.

Unvaccinated people arriving in France from a green country can either present a valid return certificate or a negative test result taken recently to allow entry without restrictions.

In order for a recovery certificate to be recognized, the document must prove that its holder has recovered from the virus within the past six months. For a negative COVID-19 test, France accepts both PCR and rapid antigen tests as valid proof of entry. The PCR test must be performed within 72 hours, and the rapid antigen test must be performed within 48 hours prior to arrival

The above rules apply to all persons over 12 years of age.

Traveling from an orange country

All other countries that are not part of France’s green list are currently classified as orange regions.

Differently from arrivals from green countries, the ministry reveals that those traveling from an orange country need to follow additional measures.

Travelers who have completed the initial vaccination as well as those who have received an additional dose of vaccine must present their affidavit upon arrival and provide a sworn statement certifying that they have no symptoms of COVID-19.

As for unvaccinated people traveling from an orange country, authorities have noted that they need to show a refund certificate or a negative COVID-19 test result upon arrival. Additionally, they are required to complete an oath statement as well.

It has been emphasized that unvaccinated travelers may be subject to health control checks upon entry.

“You may be tested on arrival. If this test is positive, you will have to self-isolate, in accordance with health insurance recommendations,” the authorities stated.

France’s current local restrictions due to the Corona virus

France recently relaxed its domestic restrictions related to the coronavirus. Travelers, as well as state citizens, are no longer required to provide proof of vaccination upon arrival at bars, restaurants, stadiums, theaters and other large events.

Additionally, the obligation to wear a face mask has also been rescinded.

Strict local procedures are now applied only when accessing healthcare institutions, nursing homes and other similar institutions.

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