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Rules for travel to and from France- updated March 1st

[This article is updated regularly to reflect new rules as they emerge; we advise also checking government sources prior to travel.]

 

Rules for France-Canada and Canada-France travel 

France-Canada 

People considered fully vaccinated under Canada’s definition are able to enter Canada. 

Find out more about what you need through the Canadian government’s website here.

Non-fully vaccinated travellers going for tourism purposes are not allowed to enter Canada. 

There are a list of possible exceptions to this, including if you are travelling on compassionate grounds or for emergency medical reasons. You should check Canada’s government website for more information.  

Canada-France

There are no restrictions for fully vaccinated travellers. 

They must only:

  • Present proof of being fully vaccinated
  • Sign a sworn statement (engagement sur l’honneur) confirming that they are not experiencing Covid symptoms and have not in the last 14 days been in contact with a confirmed Covid case. The statement also includes a promise to take a Covid test on arrival in France if required to by the travel authorities, but this would only be if you were asked. 

The French government website states: “The same measures applied to vaccinated adults are applied to any minors who are travelling with them, whether vaccinated or not.” 

Note that a person aged 18 and over must also get a booster dose within nine months of their last required dose to remain “fully vaccinated”. People who have already received a booster dose are considered fully vaccinated.

Unvaccinated travellers must: 

  • Present their sworn statement (as above)
  • Be able to present an essential reason for travel 
  • Present the negative result of a PCR taken in the 72 hours before or an antigen test taken in the 48 hours before their journey begins

Children aged under 12 do not need to present a test. 

Once you arrive in France you will need to show a vaccine pass to gain entry to a range of public spaces and services, including restaurants and cafés, if you are over 16. This consists of either proof of vaccination or proof of recent recovery from Covid. Children aged 12 to 15 can also use the negative result of a Covid test taken in the last 24 hours. 

Rules for France-US and US-France travel

France-US

All airline passengers to the US aged two years and older, regardless of vaccination status or citizenship, must provide a negative Covid test taken within one calendar day of travel. 

Alternatively, travellers to the US may provide documentation from a licensed health care provider of having recovered from Covid in the 90 days preceding travel.

Please see here for more information on entering the US. 

US-France

The US advises against travel to France.

There are no restrictions for fully vaccinated travellers. 

They must only:

  • Present proof of being fully vaccinated
  • Sign a sworn statement (engagement sur l’honneur) confirming that they are not experiencing Covid symptoms and have not in the last 14 days been in contact with a confirmed Covid case. The statement also includes a promise to take a Covid test on arrival in France if required to by the travel authorities, but this would only be if you were asked. 

The French government website states: “The same measures applied to vaccinated adults are applied to any minors who are travelling with them, whether vaccinated or not.” 

Note that a person aged 18 and over must also get a booster dose within nine months of their last required dose to remain “fully vaccinated”. People who have already received a booster dose are considered fully vaccinated.

Unvaccinated travellers must: 

  • Present their sworn statement (as above)
  • Be able to present an essential reason for travel 
  • Present the negative result of a PCR taken in the 72 hours before or an antigen test taken in the 48 hours before their journey begins

Children aged under 12 do not need to present a test. 

Once you arrive in France you will need to show a vaccine pass to gain entry to a range of public spaces and services, including restaurants and cafés, if you are over 16. This consists of either proof of vaccination or proof of recent recovery from Covid. Children aged 12 to 15 can also use the negative result of a Covid test taken in the last 24 hours. 

Rules for travel from Australia or New Zealand to France

Australia-France

There are no restrictions for fully vaccinated travellers. 

They must only:

  • Present proof of being fully vaccinated
  • Sign a sworn statement (engagement sur l’honneur) confirming that they are not experiencing Covid symptoms and have not in the last 14 days been in contact with a confirmed Covid case. The statement also includes a promise to take a Covid test on arrival in France if required to by the travel authorities, but this would only be if you were asked. 

The French government website states: “The same measures applied to vaccinated adults are applied to any minors who are travelling with them, whether vaccinated or not.” 

Note that a person aged 18 and over must also get a booster dose within nine months of their last required dose to remain “fully vaccinated”. People who have already received a booster dose are considered fully vaccinated.

Unvaccinated travellers must: 

  • Present their sworn statement (as above)
  • Be able to present an essential reason for travel 
  • Present the negative result of a PCR taken in the 72 hours before or an antigen test taken in the 48 hours before their journey begins

Children aged under 12 do not need to present a test. 

Once you arrive in France you will need to show a vaccine pass to gain entry to a range of public spaces and services, including restaurants and cafés, if you are over 16. This consists of either proof of vaccination or proof of recent recovery from Covid. Children aged 12 to 15 can also use the negative result of a Covid test taken in the last 24 hours. 

New Zealand-France

All fully vaccinated travellers need to:

  • Present proof of being fully vaccinated
  • Present a sworn statement confirming that they are not experiencing Covid symptoms and have not been in contact with a positive case in the last 14 days 

Note that a person aged 18 and over must also get a booster dose within nine months of their last required dose to remain “fully vaccinated”. People who have already received a booster dose are considered fully vaccinated.

Non-fully vaccinated travellers also need to:

  • Present the negative result of a PCR taken in the 72 hours before or an antigen test taken in the 48 hours before their journey begins. Alternatively, a certificate of recovery from Covid within the last six months can also be used. 

Rules for travel between France and other EU countries 

EU country-France

Fully vaccinated people: The French government says that you can travel freely to France, but you must be able to present proof of your vaccination status. The EU states that travel between member states is open but advises that travellers check national rules. 

Non-fully vaccinated people: Must present proof of a negative PCR taken in the 72 hours before or an antigen test taken in the 48 hours before their journey begins. Alternatively, a certificate of recovery from Covid within the last six months can also be used. 

France-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 is in place 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 to different EU countries from France.

Since February 1, a booster vaccine shot – received at most nine months after your second or only (in the case of Johnson & Johnson) vaccination – is required to maintain the validity of vaccination certificates in the digital EU Covid pass.

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