Important news about travelling to France have just been revealed. There are good news for all vaccinated travellers that now can enter the Country without any restriction. On the other hand France will reinforce restrictions on unvaccinated travellers from a series of countries to counter a rebound in COVID-19 infections.

On July 17th, the French Government announced the following changes:

  • Fully vaccinated travellers are no longer subject to restrictions to travel to or from France, whatever the country of departure.
  • Non-vaccinated travellers arriving from Spain, Portugal, Cyprus, the Netherlands and Greece must present upon boarding a negative PCR or antigenic test taken less than 24 hours before departure.
  • Non-vaccinated travellers arriving from the UK must present upon boarding a negative PCR or antigenic test taken less than 24 hours before departure.
  • Tunisia, Mozambique, Cuba and Indonesia are added to the red list.

The above measures are already into force, starting from July 18th, 2021

With the latest Government announcement, the conditions for entering France will depend not only on your country of departure but also on your vaccination status.

At the moment a list of countries of departure has been drawn up, classifying countries in 3 different colors: green, orange and red, according to the health indicators. Please be informed that the lists of countries are contantly changing based on the evolution of the epidemic situation. You can check the state of your country in the below paragraphs.

Map of the color classification – source: Ministry of Interior website

Travelling to France from a green country

Countries where no active viral circulation has been reported and no relevant variants identified, are stated as “green”. If you are travelling to France from a “green” country the following regulations apply:

If you are vaccinated:

  • you are not subject to any health measures.

If you are not vaccinated:

  • upon boarding, you must present a negative PCR or antigenic test taken less than 72 hours before the flight;
  • If you are coming from Spain, Portugal, Cyprus, the Netherlands and Greece, upon boarding you must present a negative PCR or antigenic test taken less than 24 hours before the flight.
travelling to france from green countries
Summary chart for green countries – source: Ministry of Interior website

Which countries are on the green list?

  • Countries from the European Union;
  • Andorra;
  • the Holy See;
  • Iceland;
  • Liechtenstein;
  • Monaco;
  • San Marino;
  • Switzerland;
  • Albania;
  • Australia;
  • Bosnia;
  • Brunei;
  • Canada;
  • Hong Kong;
  • Israel;
  • Japan;
  • Kosovo;
  • Lebanon;
  • Montenegro;
  • New Zealand;
  • North Macedonia;
  • Saudi Arabia;
  • Serbia;
  • Singapore;
  • South Korea;
  • Taiwan;
  • The United States;
  • Vanuatu.

Travelling to France from a orange country

Countries where active viral circulation has been reported in controlled proportions (with no spread of relevant variants), are stated as “orange”. These include all countries not featured on the “green” and “red” lists. If you are travelling to France from a “orange” country the following regulations apply:

If you are vaccinated:

  • you are not subject to any health measures.

If you are not vaccinated:

  • You must give a compelling reason to be allowed to enter France. The tentative list of compelling reasons features on the certificate of entry into metropolitan France that can be downloaded here;
  • Upon boarding, you must present a negative PCR test taken less than 72 hours before departure or a negative antigenic test taken less than 48 hours before departure;
  • If you are coming from UK, upon boarding you must present a negative PCR or antigenic test taken less than 24 hours before departure;
  • you may be subject to a random antigenic test upon arrival in France;
  • you must pledge to self-isolate for 7 days.
travelling to france from orange countries
Summary chart for orange countries – source: Ministry of Interior website

Travelling to France from a red country

Countries where active viral circulation has been reported (including relevant variants), are stated as “red” countries. If you are travelling to France from a “red” country the following regulations apply:

If you are vaccinated:

  • you are not subject to any health measures.

If you are not vaccinated:

  • You must give a compelling reason to be allowed to enter France. The tentative list of compelling reasons features on the certificate of entry into metropolitan France that can be downloaded here;
  • Upon boarding, you must present a negative PCR or a negative antigenic test taken less than 48 hours before departure.
  • you will be subject to antigenic test upon arrival in France;
  • you will be subject to a mandatory 10-day quarantine supervised by security forces.
travelling to france from red countries
Summary chart for red countries – source: Ministry of Interior website

Which countries are on the red list?

  • Afghanistan;
  • Argentina;
  • Bangladesh;
  • Bolivia;
  • Brazil;
  • Chile;
  • Colombia;
  • Costa-Rica;
  • Cuba;
  • Democratic Republic of Congo;
  • India;
  • Indonesia;
  • Maldives;
  • Mozambique;
  • Namibia;
  • Nepal;
  • Oman;
  • Pakistan;
  • Paraguay;
  • Russia;
  • Seychelles;
  • South Africa;
  • Sri Lanka;
  • Suriname;
  • Tunisia;
  • Uruguay;
  • Zambia.

Travel documents

Now that you have a clearer idea regarding the regulations to travel to France, let’s see the documents you will need to bring with you. Depending on your circumstances you are required to complete and carry the following documents:

If you are vaccinated (valid for all countries):

  • a valid proof of vaccination. Only vaccines authorized by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) will be accepted, i.e. Pfizer (Comirnaty), Moderna, AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria) and Johnson & Johnson (Janssen).It will only be valid if it proves that you are fully vaccinated:
    • Two weeks after the second shot for two-shot vaccines (Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca);
    • Four weeks after the shot for one-shot vaccines (Johnson & Johnson);
    • Two weeks after the shot for vaccines administered to people who have already had COVID-19 (only one dose is necessary).
  • sworn declaration, attesting to the absence of symptoms of covid-19 infection and contact with a confirmed case of covid-19. You can download it from the Interior Ministry’s website;

If you are not vaccinated (coming from green countries):

  •  a negative PCR test or a negative antigenic test taken less than 72 hours before the flight.
    If you are coming from Spain, Portugal, Cyprus, the Netherlands and Greece the negative PCR or antigenic test must be taken less than 24 hours before the flight.
  • sworn declaration, attesting to the absence of symptoms of covid-19 infection and contact with a confirmed case of covid-19. You can download it from the Interior Ministry’s website;

If you are not vaccinated (coming from orange countries):

  •  a negative PCR test taken less than 72 hours before departure or a negative antigenic test taken less than 48 hours before departure. If you are coming from the UK, the negative PCR or antigenic test must be taken less than 24 hours before departure;
  • sworn declaration, attesting to the absence of symptoms of covid-19 infection and contact with a confirmed case of covid-19;
  • A sworn undertaking to take an antigen test or biological examination on arrival in metropolitan France;
  • A sworn undertaking to self-isolate for seven days, and another sworn undertaking to take a biological virological screening test (PCR) at the end of the isolation period;
  • certificate of international travel. You can download the mentioned documents from the Interior Ministry’s website.

If you are not vaccinated (coming from red countries):

  •  a negative PCR or a negative antigenic test taken less than 48 hours before departure;
  • sworn declaration, attesting to the absence of symptoms of covid-19 infection and contact with a confirmed case of covid-19;
  • A sworn undertaking to take an antigen test or biological examination on arrival in metropolitan France;
  • Proof of home address or proper accommodation (hotel or equivalent), specifying, where applicable, how control officers can gain access to confirm compliance with the quarantine or isolation measures;
  • certificate of international travel. You can download the mentioned documents from the Interior Ministry’s website.

We understand that it may be difficult to remember all the regulations in place for each country, that’s why we are here trying to semplify your travel arrangements. Should you need any further information do not hesitate to ask. Our Operations Team will be glad to provide all the assistance to plan your safe cruise in the Mediterranean Sea.

We look forward to welcoming you to France!