From post-Brexit changes to Covid-19 restrictions, it’s been hard to keep track of all the rules and regulations regarding travelling to France over the last two years. The good news is that most countries (including the US & Canada, the EU, and the UK) are now on the green list of France’s traffic light system for travel, meaning that both vaccinated and unvaccinated travellers may travel to France this summer.
But what exactly are the current Covid-19 rules in France? To get you started, here are 8 quick answers to some of your most commonly asked Covid-related travel questions.
1. Do I need a booster vaccine to be counted as ‘vaccinated’ in France?
Yes. As of January 30th, 2022, all travellers to France over the age of 18 must have received a booster vaccine within nine months (270 days) of your second or final vaccine dose in order to be considered “fully vaccinated” for entry to France. Pfizer, Moderna, Astra-Zeneca, and Janssen vaccine protocols are all accepted, and you can either present your EU digital vaccine pass or non-EU vaccination certificate at the border.
2. Do I still need to fill in a sworn statement or passenger locator form to travel to France?
No. Passenger locator forms and sworn statements are no longer required to enter or leave France. This applies to both vaccinated and unvaccinated travellers. Be sure to check the rules of the country you are travelling to or from, too.
3. Do I need to take a Covid-19 test to travel to France?
No. Vaccinated travellers no longer need to take a test prior to travelling to France. However, proof of a negative Covid-19 test must be presented by all unvaccinated travellers. For travellers from Green-list countries, this must be taken within 72 hours for a PCR test or within 48 hours for an antigen test.
4. Do I still need to wear a mask?
No, but you should pack a few just in case! It is no longer a requirement to wear masks in any indoor or outdoor public space in France, except for in health establishments such as hospitals and care homes. However, they are still recommended for use on public transport, and private businesses retain the right to impose mask-wearing requirements, so it’s a good idea to keep a mask or two handy just in case!
With Covid cases climbing again, these rules might also change either locally or nationally – in fact, the city of Nice has re-introduced mask-wearing rules on public transport from July 11th. Be sure to double-check the latest requirements prior to travel.
5. What should I do if I get Covid while in France?
If you test positive for Covid-19 while travelling in France, you are legally required to self-isolate. If you are fully vaccinated, you should self-isolate for 7 days after the onset of symptoms or the results of a positive test; for the unvaccinated, this is 10 days. The self-isolation may be ended on Day 5 (if vaccinated) or Day 7 (if unvaccinated) with a negative antigen or PCR test, providing that you have been symptomless for a minimum of 48 hours.
6. Do I need a Vaccine Pass and/or Health Pass?
No. France’s vaccine pass was suspended in March 2022, meaning that you no longer need to show proof of vaccination in order to access bars, restaurants, public events, and tourist attractions.
7. Can I get a Covid-19 test in France?
Yes. Covid-19 tests are carried out by most pharmacies in France – ask for a ‘dépistage du Covid’ or ‘test Covid’. Many pharmacies offer antigen tests ‘sans rendez-vous’ (walk-in tests), but it’s a good idea to pre-book a slot if you need it for a specific date – appointments can fill up during busy travel periods. You can also book a test via Doctolib or search for a pharmacy or test centre here for a test. All PCR and antigen tests in France are valid for travel and are free for fully vaccinated French residents; however, tourists will need to pay €22 for an antigen test or €54 for a PCR test.
8. Can I get a buy Covid-19 self-tests/ rapid lateral flow tests in France?
Yes. Covid-19 home tests are available from pharmacies in France – ask for an ‘auto-test’. The maximum price you will pay is €6, but most are cheaper than that, and multi-test packs are often available.
*Please note that while the above information was correct at the time of publishing, travel rules and Covid-19 regulations are always subject to change. Be sure to double-check the latest travel information with your transport provider or the French government’s travel page here prior to travel.
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