Since June 9, French authorities have opened their borders to international travelers while also allowing vaccinated travelers from orange category countries, such as the Philippines, to enter the country without quarantine.
According to a press release from the French Embassy in the Philippines, travelers are now allowed to apply for a visa at the embassy whether or not they are traveling on essential reasons, by submitting proof of vaccination, TheSchengen.com reports.
The vaccination certificate will only be valid if the holder has been given one of the EMA approved vaccines such as Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson.
However, unvaccinated travelers coming from a Category Orange country are required to have the purpose of their stay listed as a compelling reason.
The methods for booking a visa appointment remain the same, which means that the conditions for receiving visa applicants by the service provider will remain the subject of certain health measures, such as wearing a mask.
Last week, the French government announced that all countries on the green list would be given permission to enter the country without undergoing multiple tests or quarantine. However, unvaccinated travelers arriving from any Green List country must submit a PCR or antigen test performed 72 hours prior to arrival.
On the other hand, for countries on the orange list, including the Philippines, quarantine requirements depend on the traveler’s vaccination status. Those who have been vaccinated against COVID-19 with one of the authorized EMA vaccines must submit an antigen test taken in the last 72 hours before or take a PCR test 48 hours after entering the country.
Filipinos and travelers from other countries of the world in the same category who have not been vaccinated must present a convincing purpose of entry, a PCR test or antigen test performed 72 hours before departure and another 48 hours after arrival in France, in addition to undergoing self-isolation for seven days .
For the red-listed countries, French authorities only allow entry to travelers who provide essential travel reasons whether or not they have been vaccinated. In addition, they must submit a PCR or antigen test within 48 hours of arrival and take an antigen test after arriving in the country. Travelers who have been vaccinated must self-isolate for seven days, while those who have not been vaccinated must be subject to a mandatory ten-day quarantine under the supervision of security forces.
With almost all EU member states opening their borders, the COVID-19 passport has played a major role in creating a safer and more accessible movement of EU citizens. Although the deadline for implementing the certification was set on July 1, seven countries in the European Union began releasing the document on June 1. Five other countries have since started issuing certifications, bringing the number to 12.