Covid 19 : International travel

Since the beginning of the crisis, the border health control system has made it possible to protect our health system and to delay the arrival on national territory of variants with worrying characteristics.

This system, which mobilizes nearly 6,000 members of civil security each week to carry out the tests, border guards to check the health documents of travelers and internal security forces to check the isolation or quarantine measures decided by prefects, is regularly adapted to changes in the health situation and community rules.

Faced with the new phase of the pandemic characterized, in most countries, by the predominance of the Omicron variant and a high level of vaccination, the Government has decided to lighten this health control system at the borders, particularly for vaccinated travellers.

Since February 12, 2022, the following rules apply at borders :

  • For travelers vaccinated within the meaning of European regulations, no more tests is required on 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.
  • For unvaccinated travellers, the obligation to present a negative test to travel to France remains, but the measures on arrival (test, isolation) are lifted when they come from countries on the "green" list, characterized by a moderate circulation of the virus.
  • When unvaccinated travelers come from a country on the "orange" list, they must continue to present a compelling reason justifying the need for them to come to mainland France and may still be subject to a random test on arrival. Travelers who test positive will have to isolate themselves, in accordance with the recommendations of the Health Insurance.

In the event of an emergency characterized by the appearance of a variant likely to present a risk of increased transmissibility or immune escape, the "emergency brake" mechanism will be activated and the country will then be placed on the "red" list, implying, as is the case today, the obligation to present a compelling reason for travelling, the obligation to present a negative test on departure - including for vaccinated travelers in the event of a variant presenting the characteristic of an escape immune-, and the obligation to undergo a test on arrival conditioning the placement in quarantine decided by the prefects and controlled by the police.

Such classification will be temporary and reviewed regularly to ensure the proportionality of the travel restriction measures. Currently, no country is classified in the “red” list.

These border rules may be adapted in view of the evolution of the health situation, and in line with the work currently being carried out with our European partners.

On the other hand, given the health situation of the Overseas Territories, the health control procedures for accessing them remain unchanged at this stage.

The current classification of countries, defined on the basis of health indicators, is as follows:
  • “Green” countries : countries or territories with negligible or moderate circulation of the virus, in the absence of emerging variants of concern. These are the countries of the European area: Member States of the European Union as well as Andorra, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway, San Marino, Switzerland and the Vatican. In addition, the following countries and territories are added: South Africa, Albania, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Saudi Arabia, Argentina, Aruba, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belize, Benin, Bolivia, Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Bhutan, Burkina Faso, Burma, Burundi, Brazil, Cambodia, Cameroon, Canada , Cape Verde, Chile, Colombia, Comoros, Congo, Ivory Coast, South Korea, Costa Rica, Cuba, Curaçao, Djibouti, Egypt, United Arab Emirates, Ecuador, Eswatini, United States, Ethiopia, Fiji, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Equatorial Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Grenada, Greenland, Guatemala, Honduras, Hong Kong, Faroe Islands, Mauritius, Solomon Islands, Turks and Caicos Islands, British Virgin Islands, US Virgin Islands, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya , Kiribati, Kosovo, Kuwait, Laos, Lesotho, Lebanon, Liberia, North Macedonia, Madagascar, Malaysia, Malawi, Maldives, Morocco, Mauritania, Mexico, Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Montserrat, Mozambique, Namibia, Nepal, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, New Zealand, Oman, Uganda, Pakistan, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Qatar, Democratic Republic of Congo, Dominican Republic, United Kingdom, Rwanda, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint- Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, El Salvador, Samoa, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Serbia, Seychelles, Sudan, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Tanzania, Chad, East Timor, Togo, Tunisia, Turkey, Trinidad and Tobago, Ukraine, Uruguay, Vanuatu, Venezuela, Vietnam, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
  • “Orange” countries : countries or territories experiencing active circulation of the virus, in the absence of an emerging variant of concern and showing no vaccine or immune escape. These are all countries not included in the list of “green” countries.
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Specific rules apply for road hauliers, find the information at this link.

Find below the rules in force according to your country of origin or destination

The green list includes countries or territories with negligible or moderate virus circulation, in the absence of an emerging variant of concern.
These are the countries of the European area: Member States of the European Union as well as Andorra, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway, San Marino, Switzerland and the Vatican. In addition, the following countries and territories are added: South Africa, Albania, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Saudi Arabia, Argentina, Aruba, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belize, Benin, Bolivia, Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Bhutan, Burkina Faso, Burma, Burundi, Brazil, Cambodia, Cameroon, Canada , Cape Verde, Chile, Colombia, Comoros, Congo, Ivory Coast, South Korea, Costa Rica, Cuba, Curaçao, Djibouti, Egypt, United Arab Emirates, Ecuador, Eswatini, United States, Ethiopia, Fiji, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Equatorial Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Grenada, Greenland, Guatemala, Honduras, Hong Kong, Faroe Islands, Mauritius, Solomon Islands, Turks and Caicos Islands, British Virgin Islands, US Virgin Islands, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya , Kiribati, Kosovo, Kuwait, Laos, Lesotho, Lebanon, Liberia, North Macedonia, Madagascar, Malaysia, Malawi, Maldives, Morocco, Mauritania, Mexico, Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Montserrat, Mozambique, Namibia, Nepal, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, New Zealand, Oman, Uganda, Pakistan, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Qatar, Democratic Republic of Congo, Dominican Republic, United Kingdom, Rwanda, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint- Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, El Salvador, Samoa, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Serbia, Seychelles, Sudan, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Tanzania, Chad, East Timor, Togo, Tunisia, Turkey, Trinidad and Tobago, Ukraine, Uruguay, Vanuatu, Venezuela, Vietnam, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

The list of green zone countries or territories may change as the global epidemic situation evolves in the countries or territories.

The vaccination schedule is considered complete 28 days after receiving one dose of Janssen vaccine, seven days after a second dose of other vaccines approved by the European Medicines Agency (namely Pfizer/Comirnaty, Moderna, AstraZeneca/Vaxzevria/Covishield) and, for persons who have received all the required doses of a WHO-licensed vaccine not approved by the European Medicines Agency, seven days after receiving an additional dose of a duly approved mRNA vaccine.

Since 1 February 2022, in order for their vaccination schedule to continue to be recognised as complete, persons aged 18 years or older wishing to enter French territory must have received a booster dose of messenger RNA vaccine no later than nine months after receiving the last mandatory dose.

The Government draws the attention of travelers to the rules relating to the vaccination pass, necessary to access certain leisure activities, and which may differ from this definition: https://www.gouvernement.fr/le-pass-vaccinal-mode-d-emploi

  • To find out about the health rules relating to entry into the territory of another country, travelers are invited to consult the “travel advice” section of the website of the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs: https://www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/fr/conseils-aux-voyageurs/

  • Mobility rules and regulations

    No restriction shall apply when entering metropolitan France from a green list country or territory. No compelling reason is required for travelers to France.

    Health control measures

    Should you wish to enter the national territory from a “green” list country or territory :
    • No negative test on departure is required on departure for vaccinated travelers within the meaning of European regulations. These travelers must present proof of this vaccination to the transport company and to the border control authorities.
    • Unvaccinated travelers must present a negative result of a PCR test less than 72 hours or an antigen test less than 48 hours before departure (departure of the first flight in the event of a connection), or a certificate of recovery (positive result of a PCR or antigen test carried out more than eleven days and less than six months previously. This certificate is only valid for a period of six months from the date of the examination or test).
    • No measures (tests, isolation) are in force upon arrival in metropolitan France.

    Children under 12 are exempt from these formalities.

    Given the health situation in the overseas territories, these rules may vary in the overseas departments and territories: travelers are therefore invited to consult the websites of the prefectures and High Commissions concerned.

    Admission to stay

    Travellers must present documents proving that their stay in the Schengen Area is legal.

    All foreign travellers must present with the usually required documents:
    • For a short stay (less than 90 days) : Proof of resources and accommodation, and a short stay visa if applicable to their nationality;
    • For those planning to settle in France : A long-stay visa;
    • For those residing in France : A residence permit.
The "orange" list includes countries or territories experiencing active circulation of the virus, in the absence of an emerging variant of concern and showing no vaccine or immune escape.
These include all countries not listed as “green” countries.

Applicable rules depend on the traveller’s vaccination status.

The list of orange list countries classified by decree of the Minister of Health, may be amended according to how the global outbreak status evolves.

The vaccination schedule is considered complete 28 days after receiving one dose of Janssen vaccine, seven days after a second dose of other vaccines approved by the European Medicines Agency (namely Pfizer/Comirnaty, Moderna, AstraZeneca/Vaxzevria/Covishield) and, for persons who have received all the required doses of a WHO-licensed vaccine not approved by the European Medicines Agency, seven days after receiving an additional dose of a duly approved mRNA vaccine.

Since 1 February 2022, in order for their vaccination schedule to continue to be recognised as complete, persons aged 18 years or older wishing to enter French territory must have received a booster dose of messenger RNA vaccine no later than nine months after receiving the last mandatory dose.

The Government draws the attention of travelers to the rules relating to the vaccination pass, necessary to access certain leisure activities, and which may differ from this definition : https://www.gouvernement.fr/le-pass-vaccinal-mode-d-emploi

  • If you are vaccinated, leaving metropolitan France for a country or territory in the orange zone is not subject to any restrictions. Non-vaccinated travelers to a country or territory classified on the "orange" list must justify the need for their trip, corresponding to a compelling reason.

    To find out about the health rules relating to entry into the territory of another country, travelers are invited to consult the “travel advice” section of the website of the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs : https://www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/fr/conseils-aux-voyageurs/

  • Mobility rules and regulations

    Vaccinated persons shall be under no restrictions when entering metropolitan France.

    Unvaccinated persons travelling from an “orange” list country must justify the need for their trip, corresponding to a compelling reason.

    Health control measures

    If already vaccinated :
    • proof of vaccination status; Since February 1, 2022, in order for their vaccination schedule to remain recognized as complete, persons aged eighteen or over wishing to enter the national territory must have received a dose of complementary messenger RNA vaccine no later than 9 months following the injection of the last required dose.
    • a sworn statement attesting to the absence of symptoms of covid-19 infection and contact with a confirmed case of Covid-19 to enter the metropolitan territory.

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    No test is required to travel to mainland France from a country classified on the “orange” list for vaccinated travellers.

    If you are not vaccinated :
    • you must show the transport company and the border control authorities the negative result of a PCR test less than 72 hours or of an antigen test less than 48 hours before departure (departure from the first flight in the event of a connection).
    • you must have a sworn statement attesting to the absence of symptoms of covid-19 infection and contact with a confirmed case of Covid-19 to enter the metropolitan territory and your commitment to accept a possible screening on arrival.
    • you may be screened upon arrival. If this screening is positive, you will have to self-isolate, in accordance with the recommendations of the health insurance : https://www.ameli.fr/assure/covid-19/symptomes-gestes-barrieres-cas-contact-et-isolement/en-cas-de-test-positif-au-covid-19

    Children under 12 are exempt from these formalities.

    Given the health situation in the overseas territories, these rules may vary in the overseas departments and territories: travelers are therefore invited to consult the websites of the prefectures and High Commissions concerned.

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    Admission to stay

    All foreign travellers must present a valid passport at the border, together with the usually required documents:
    • For a short stay (less than 90 days) : Proof of resources and accommodation, and a short stay visa if applicable to their nationality;
    • For those planning to settle in France : A long-stay visa;
    • For those residing in France : A residence permit.