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What are the rules for travel to or from France? – updated 16th August

Rules for travel into France from another country

UK – France

Red, amber, green countries: France’s updated travel rules

Rules for travel into France from another country

UK to France

What France says:

Fully vaccinated people: France is now an amber list country (from August 8). You are free to travel to France. You do not have to have an essential reason and do not have to quarantine on arrival.

You must present proof of your vaccination status and a completed ‘sworn statement’ (déclaration sur l’honneuron the French government website here) form self-certifying that you are not suffering from symptoms associated with coronavirus and have not been in contact with confirmed cases in the preceding fortnight.

Non-fully vaccinated people: You can only enter France if you have an essential reason. Most of the essential reasons involve you having the right to live or work in France.

Unvaccinated people entering France from the UK must present a negative Covid test taken less than 24 hours before departure. This does not apply for children below the age of 12.

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You must also present a completed ‘sworn statement’. This is as above, but also includes a promise to self-isolate for one week.

You are requested to self-isolate for seven days upon arrival at a place of your choice (and do a voluntary antigen test) and then later take a PCR test and have a negative result to leave isolation.

Children: The rules for minors are the same as those that apply to adults who have been vaccinated, whether the minor has been vaccinated or not.

What the UK says:

From August 8, France moved from the amber-plus category into amber, meaning fully vaccinated people will not need to quarantine on arrival in the UK and will only need to take a pre-departure Covid test and then a second one on day two after arriving.

People who are not fully vaccinated will still need to quarantine for 10 days on arrival and will have to take a pre-departure test as well as two further tests on days two and eight after arrival.

Unvaccinated people will also need to quarantine for 10 days upon their return.

The UK government no longer advises against travel to amber countries for non-essential reasons such as tourism or visiting second homes.

US and Canada to France

What France says:

Fully vaccinated people: If you are fully vaccinated with a vaccine accepted by France, you can travel freely to France.

You must be able to present proof of your vaccination status and a sworn statement you do not have symptoms of Covid-19 nor contact with someone with a confirmed case of Covid-19.

Non-fully vaccinated people: You must present proof of a negative PCR or rapid antigen Covid-19 test taken within 72 hours of travelling and a sworn statement you do not have symptoms of Covid-19 nor contact with someone with a confirmed case of Covid-19.

Children: The rules for minors are the same as those that apply to adults who have been vaccinated, whether the minor has been vaccinated or not.

What the US says:

France is classed as a level 3 country by US authorities, meaning “avoid all non-essential travel to this destination”.

The US Embassy in France states: “At this time, we do not have official information from the French government, but the French Consulate General in Washington, D.C. said in a tweet that the CDC card is acceptable evidence of vaccination for entry into France.”

What Canada says: 

The Canadian government is advising against all non-essential travel to France.

Australia or New Zealand to France

What France says:

Fully vaccinated people: You can travel freely to France. You must be able to present proof of your vaccination status and a sworn statement you do not have symptoms of Covid-19 nor contact with someone with a confirmed case of Covid-19.

Non-fully vaccinated people: You must present proof of a negative PCR or rapid antigen Covid-19 test taken within 72 hours of travelling and a sworn statement you do not have symptoms of Covid-19 nor contact with someone with a confirmed case of Covid-19.

What Australia says: If you are an Australian citizen or a permanent resident you cannot leave Australia due to Covid-19 restrictions unless you have an exemption.

What New Zealand says: The New Zealand government advice is to not travel overseas.

EU country to France

What France says:

Fully vaccinated people: You can travel freely to France. You must be able to present proof of your vaccination status.

Non-fully vaccinated people: You must present proof of a negative PCR or rapid antigen Covid-19 test taken within 72 hours of travelling.

NEW: A Covid-19 test of less than 24 hours will be required from France for travellers returning from Spain, Portugal, Cyprus, the Netherlands and Greece from July 18.

What the EU says: 

Travel within the EU is open. Check national rules. An EU-wide system will be implemented from July 1 to help facilitate travel.

South Africa, India, Brazil (and other red list countries) to France

What France says:

Fully vaccinated people: If you are fully vaccinated with a vaccine accepted by France, you only need to provide proof of your vaccination status and a déclaration sur l’honneur attestating to not having Covid-related symptoms or having been recently in contact with someone with Covid-19.

Non-fully vaccinated people:

People in red list countries who are not fully vaccinated against Covid-19 with a vaccine recognised by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) need to present an essential reason for travelling to France.

The essential reasons are mainly related to having the right to live and work in France.

A full list of reasons can be found at this link.

Non-fully vaccinated travellers from red-list countries must also:

  • Carry out a period of self-isolation for 10 days upon arrival in France. There will be random police checks to make sure you follow this. You must provide proof of the address you will be staying at in France to travel authorities and/or border agents.
  • Present the transport company and the border control authorities a negative PCR or antigen test dated less than 48 hours before departure (departure of the first flight in the case of a connecting journey). Children under the age of twelve are exempt from testing.
  • Fill out a sworn statement attesting to the absence of symptoms of Covid-19 and of contact with a confirmed case of Covid-19
  • Confirm you will accept a possible antigen test or biological examination to check for Covid-19, which will be carried out on arrival in metropolitan France

What does it mean to be fully vaccinated?

France considers a person fully vaccinated:

  • Seven days after receiving the second dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech [also known as Comirnaty], Moderna [now called Spikevax] and AstraZeneca [now called Vaxzevria] vaccines
  • Four weeks after receiving the first (and only) dose of the Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) vaccine
  • The same conditions apply for those who received a vaccine recognised by the French medicines regulator as having similar composition and manufacturing process to one of the European Medicines Agency-authorised vaccines listed above, such as Covishield
  • Two weeks after the first dose of a vaccine for anyone who has already had Covid-19

How do I prove my vaccination status?

An EU-wide system will be launched on July 1 that will enable vaccination certificates to be verified throughout the bloc.

France has said that it is working on making its systems compatible with certain non-EU countries.

Read more about proving your vaccination status if you are in the UK here. 

What are France’s essential reasons for travel?

The majority of France’s essential reasons for travel are related to the person having the right to live or work in France.

Read the full list of reasons in our article here.

Rules for travel out of France to another country

France to UK

Fully vaccinated people can travel from France to the UK without an essential reason, but those not fully vaccinated can only leave for an essential reason and must complete a Certificate to leave Metropolitan France.

Before leaving France everyone must fill in a UK passenger locator form if over the age of 18. 

You can find the form on the UK government’s website here. This must be done within 48 hours prior to leaving France. Children’s details can be added to their parents’ forms.

All travellers, including those that have been vaccinated and children, must quarantine for 10 days in the UK (UK rules).

This also includes returning tourists from the UK, as France has been excluded from a rule, in force from July 19, that tourists returning from amber list countries do not have to quarantine.

Read more: The rules for children and travel from France to the UK

From August 8

Fully vaccinated travellers do not need to quarantine on arrival in the UK. You must have proof of a negative Covid-19 test taken within 72 hours of departure, and book and pay in-advance for a second Covid test to be taken on day two after arriving. You must also fill in a passenger locator form (for over 18s only, details below).

Note, this applies to England, Scotland and Northern Ireland. Wales has yet to state if it is dropping quarantine measures for vaccinated travellers from France.

The UK accepts vaccination certificates from EU countries, including France.

Everyone now + those not fully vaccinated after August 8:

If you are over 18 years of age, you must quarantine for 10 days on arrival in the UK. For people travelling to England, there is an option to buy a ‘test to release’ kit for day 5, allowing you to leave quarantine early. This is not available for travellers arriving in Wales, Northern Ireland or Scotland.

All travellers must have proof of a negative Covid-19 test taken within 72 hours of departure, and book and pay in-advance for two further Covid tests to be taken on days two and eight after arriving.

If you have to quarantine on arrival, you must go directly to where you are quarantining and remain there for 10 days. The day you arrive is day 0.

If you are staying in the UK for less than 10 days, you must quarantine for the whole stay. You must also book your day 2 and day 8 Covid tests even if you will no longer be there for the whole of your stay.

People who opt to take an additional ‘test to release’ test on day 5 may be able to leave quarantine early if they get their negative result back in time.

Read more: The rules for children and travel from France to the UK

France to EU

Travel within the EU is possible from France on proof of either a negative PCR test, a document saying that you have had Covid and recovered, or that you are fully vaccinated.

A pan-EU digital Covid pass system has now launched for mutual recognition of certificates, though individual countries may still have certain specific rules.

It is advisable to check the French foreign affairs ministry’s website for the latest information on entry from France.

Read more: France ready for EU digital travel pass scheme: How will it work?

France to US

Only US citizens and permanent residents can currently travel from France to the United States.

Everyone must have proof of a negative Covid test or documentation of recovery from Covid

All passengers including children over the age of two must have taken a PCR or antigen test within 72 hours of boarding the airplane. Alternatively, passengers can show proof of a recent positive viral test and a letter from their healthcare provider or a public health official stating that they were cleared to travel.

There is also no need to show proof of vaccination at present. However, people are being advised to delay international travel until they are fully vaccinated.

No quarantine is required on entry to the US.

France to Canada

You must have an essential reason to visit, and most non-Canadian residents or citizens will not be allowed entry. Only four airports are accepting international flights: Pearson in Toronto, Montréal-Trudeau, Vancouver, and Calgary.

Before travelling to Canada, all travellers aged five or over, regardless of citizenship and vaccination status, must make suitable plans for a 14 day quarantine. If your plan does not meet requirements you will not be granted entry.

Everyone – except children under five – must also provide proof of a negative PCR test done within 72 hours of departure, as well as take a second test at the airport on arrival in Canada. A third PCR test must be completed on the eighth day of the quarantine period. People can be exempted from these three tests under certain circumstances – see here.

France to Australia

Only Australian citizens can travel from France to Australia at the moment. There are limited flights and caps on the number of passengers entering the country from overseas. These are in place to ease pressure on state and territory quarantine facilities.

If you manage to get a flight, you must take a PCR test in the 72 hours prior to departure and quarantine for 14 days at a designated facility in your port of arrival.

France to South Africa

Travellers except children under five must present a negative PCR or Covid-19 test certificate not older than 72 hours from departure on arrival in South Africa.

People entering South Africa via Johannesburg must fill in the digital Travel Health Questionnaire here.

All travellers must complete an Entry Health Screen Form either prior to or on arrival.



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