Coronavirus COVID-19: the situation in France

Information on the recommendations, travel and health measures put in place by the French government.

From 1 August, border health measures are lifted for travel to and from France. Although it is no longer compulsory, masks are still recommended in transport, enclosed and crowded areas, in large gatherings for vulnerable people and in hospitals

  • Travellers no longer have to complete any formalities related to Covid 19 before arriving in France, in metropolitan France or overseas, and the presentation of a health pass can no longer be required, regardless of the country or zone of origin.

  • No further justification for travel ("compelling reason") can be required.

  • Travellers are no longer required to present a sworn statement of non-contamination or an undertaking to undergo an antigenic test or biological examination on arrival in the country. The same applies to travel between metropolitan France and each of the overseas territories.

  • However, "emergency brake" measures may be activated until 31 January 2023, for a maximum period of two months, such as the presentation of a negative screening test on entry into the national territory for passengers coming from a foreign country where a new dangerous variant of Covid-19 appears and circulates, or for passengers travelling to the overseas territories "in the event of a risk of saturation" of their health system.

For more details on the measures taken on French territory, consult the Government / Coronavirus Info site (External link) .

Travelling to Corsica

The health pass is no longer mandatory and the declaration on honor is no longer required for travel between Corsica and the mainland.

Travelling to French overseas territories and departments

Please refer to the link below for travel to overseas territories and departments.

More information on travel to and from the French overseas territories (External link)

International travel

As of 12th February 2022, the following rules apply at the borders:

  • For travellers who have been vaccinated according to European regulations, no tests will be required at the time of departure. Proof of a complete vaccination schedule will once again be sufficient to arrive in France, regardless of the country of origin, as was the case before the spread 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 not applicable when they come from countries on the "green" list, characterised by a moderate circulation of the virus.
  • Unvaccinated travellers arriving from a country on the "orange" list will still have to present a compelling reason justifying the need to travel to metropolitan France and may still be subject to a random test on arrival. Travellers who test positive will have to isolate themselves, in accordance with the recommendations of the French Health Insurance.

In the event of an emergency characterised by the occurrence 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 be placed on a "red" list, implying, as is the case today, the necessity to present a compelling reason for travel, the requirement to present a negative test on departure - including for vaccinated travellers in the case of a variant presenting the characteristic of immune escape -, and the requirement to undergo a test on arrival, which will condition placement in quarantine decided by the prefects and monitored by the forces of law and order.

Given the health situation in the overseas territories, the health control procedures for access remain unchanged at this stage.

The classification of countries based on health indicators is the following:

'Green' countries: no active circulation of the virus, no variants of concern identified. EU Member States as well as Andorra, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway, San Marino, Switzerland and the Vatican. The following countries and territories are also included: South Africa, Albania, Angola,Antigua and Barbuda, Saudi Arabia, Argentina, Aruba, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belize, Benin, Burma, Bolivia, Bonaire,St. Eustatius and Saba, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Bhutan, Burkina Faso, 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, Ethiopia, Fiji, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, United States of America, Guinea, Equatorial Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Grenada, Greenland, Guatemala, Honduras, Hong Kong, Faroe Islands, Mauritius, Solomon Islands, Turks and Caicos Islands, the British Virgin Islands, the US Virgin Islands, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kiribati, Kosovo, Kuwait, Laos, Lesotho, Lebanon, Liberia, Northern Macedonia, Madagascar, Malaysia, Malawi, Maldives, Morocco, Mauritania, Mexico, Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Montserrat, Mozambique, Namibia, Nepal, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, New Zealand, Oman, Pakistan, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Qatar, Uganda, 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: active circulation of the virus in controlled proportions, without dissemination of variants of concern. All countries not included in the green list.

Since 1 February 2022, in order for their vaccination schedule to continue to be recognised as complete, persons aged 18 or over wishing to enter the country must have received a dose of supplementary messenger RNA vaccine no later than 9 months after the injection of the last required dose.

The country lists can be found on the government website (External link) , with more details on international travel here (External link)

Travellers from and to a country in the European area :

To travel within the EU, there is currently no need to provide proof of reason for travel, but pre-testing and quarantine requirements may apply.

The health pass is accepted for travel within the European area, in the form of a European certificate.

The EU digital Covid certificate may include proof of vaccination, a negative test result or proof of Covid reinstatement less than 6 months old. In addition, States may establish additional health measures if necessary and proportionate (e.g. testing, quarantine, etc.).

More information on the EU's digital anti-covid certificate (External link)
More information on travelling abroad (External link)

In order to facilitate the stay in France of French nationals living abroad (outside the European Union) and their dependents, the Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs has set up a specific system for obtaining a vaccination equivalence health pass valid on French territory. Read more here (External link) .

A system has also been set up to facilitate the stay in France of tourists from outside the EU: it allows them to obtain a certificate of vaccination equivalence valid as a health pass on French territory. Read more here (External link) . Certificate requests can be made directly at a pharmacy. Pharmacies offering the service are listed here (External link) .

Obtaining a health pass in case of vaccination abroad:

In order to facilitate the stay in France of French citizens living abroad (outside the European Union) and their dependents, the Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs has set up a specific system to obtain a health pass for vaccination that is valid on French territory. Information on the procedure to follow is detailed on the website of the Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs (External link) .

A system has also been put in place to facilitate the stay in France of tourists from outside the EU: it allows them to obtain a certificate of vaccine equivalence valid as a health pass on French territory. Information on the procedure to follow is detailed on the Santé.fr website (External link)
The request for a certificate of vaccine equivalence can be made directly in a pharmacy. The pharmacies that already offer this service can be found here (External link)

Vaccines accepted by France:

The vaccines admitted by France are those recognised by the European Medicines Agency (EMA): Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca/Vaxzevria/Covishield and Johnson & Johnson.

Proof of vaccination is only valid if it provides evidence of the completion of a full vaccination schedule, and the necessary time after the final injection, i.e. :
7 days after the 2nd injection for double injection vaccines (Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca) ;
4 weeks after injection for single injection vaccines (Johnson & Johnson);
7 days after injection for vaccines in people with a history of Covid-19 (only 1 injection required)..

Persons who have received Sinopharm or Sinovac vaccine should receive a further dose of messenger RNA vaccine if they have a complete vaccination schedule or two doses of messenger RNA vaccine between 21 and 49 days apart if they have an incomplete vaccination schedule. In these cases, the injection of a messenger RNA vaccine is taken into account after a delay of 7 days.

Individuals who have received Sputnik vaccine should receive two doses of messenger RNA vaccine between 21 and 49 days apart, regardless of whether or not their vaccination schedule is complete.

Proof of complete vaccination may be provided by, inter alia, an EU digital COVID certificate or a COVID certificate issued in one of the 33 countries and territories that have joined the EU digital COVID certificate system, under EU equivalence decisions: Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Cape Verde, El Salvador, Faroe Islands, Georgia, Israel, Iceland, Lebanon, Liechtenstein, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, Morocco, New Zealand, Northern Macedonia, Norway, Panama, San Marino, Serbia, Singapore, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Tunisia, Togo, Turkey, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, Uruguay and Vatican City.

The measures applied to vaccinated adults shall extend under the same conditions to accompanying minors, whether or not they are vaccinated.

Any unvaccinated person aged 12 years and over entering French territory must present the negative result of a PCR test less than 72 hours before departure or an antigenic test less than 48 hours before departure. Note: for travellers from the UK, self-administered tests provided by the NHS are not permitted for travel. If coming from a green listed country, the person may also present, in the format of a European QR code, a certificate of recovery defined as a positive PCR or antigenic test result taken more than 11 days and less than 4 months previously.

Declaration on the traveller's honour that he/she has no symptoms of Covid-19 infection and that he/she is not aware of having been a case of contact in the 14 days prior to his/her travel.

Orange country compelling reason: including French national and spouse; EU national or spouse with main residence in France or joining their main residence in transit through France; traveller in transit for less than 24 hours in international zone. Tourism and holidays in France do not constitute compelling reasons for travelling to France.

If the traveller comes from a country classified as orange and is not vaccinated, he/she is likely to be tested on arrival. In order to facilitate administrative formalities, they are asked to fill in the form available at the following address:

Further info on health-related border controls depending on origin: FAQ from the French Ministry of the Interior (External link)

Consult the websites of the prefectures or local authorities for more details.

Also visit the website of the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs (External link) .

What are the preventive actions to follow to limit the spread of the virus?

These are easy steps that you can take to protect your health and the health of those around you:

Wash your hands very regularly;
Cough or sneeze into your elbow;
Use single-use tissues and throw them away;
Use single-use tissues and throw them away; Greet without shaking hands, avoid hugs;
Wear a mask when you are ill;
Wear a mask in enclosed public places, public transport, taxis and VTCs, in shops and in places deemed relevant by the prefects of each department depending on the local epidemic situation;