Coming to France? Your Covid-19 questions answered

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Last updated on June 13th, 2022

This page is for foreigners seeking entry to France.
If you wish to leave French territory, see here

IMPORTANT

Covid-19 restrictions at the French border were eased on 12 February 2022 for fully vaccinated travellers.
Please visit the Interior Ministry’s website for more information.

I am a foreign national living abroad. Can I travel to France?

Covid-19 restrictions at the French border were eased on 12 February 2022 for fully vaccinated travellers.
Please visit the Interior Ministry’s website for more information.

The entry conditions to French territory are defined by the classification of departure countries (countries and territories on ’green’ and ’orange’ lists) indicated below. Children under 12 years of age are exempt from testing.

’Green’ countries/territories: countries/territories in which no active circulation of the virus is observed and no variants of concern are identified. These are the European Union member States as well as Andorra, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway, San Marino, Switzerland and the Vatican.

The following countries and territories are also included: Albania, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Aruba, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belize, Benin, Bolivia, Bonaire St. Eustatius and Saba, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Bhutan, Brazil, British Virgin Islands, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Canada, Chad, Chile, Colombia, Comoros, Congo, Costa Rica, Côte d’Ivoire, Cuba, Curaçao, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, East Timor, Eswatini, Ethiopia, Faroe Islands, Fiji, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Greenland, Grenada, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Honduras, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kiribati, Kosovo, Kuwait, Laos, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Maldives, Malawi, Malaysia, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mexico, Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Montserrat, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nepal, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Northern Macedonia, Oman, Pakistan, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Qatar, Rwanda, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Serbia, Seychelles, Solomon Islands, South Africa, South Korea, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Taiwan, Tanzania, Togo, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Turks and Caicos Islands, Uganda, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States of America, Uruguay, Vanuatu, Venezuela, Vietnam, Virgin Islands, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

’Orange’ countries/territories: countries/territories where there is active circulation of the virus in controlled proportions. These are all countries/territories not included in the ’green’ list.

I am travelling to France. Do I have to fill any forms before boarding?

You may be asked to fill two forms before boarding for France ¬–

  • The EU-PLF form is for travellers arriving on the territory of a European Union Member State. While rules to fill the form may vary between EU countries, it is compulsory for travellers who wish to enter France.
  • The Eos electronic form is for travellers coming from ‘orange’ countries and territories.

Since 14 March 2022, the “vaccine pass” has been lifted in France in all areas where it was previously required (cultural and leisure venues, commercial catering, professional trade shows, etc.).

The “Travel” certificate is still required at borders.

The “Activities” certificate is still required in healthcare establishments, retirement homes and establishments for vulnerable and disabled persons.

Health precautions remain in force: https://solidarites-sante.gouv.fr/IMG/pdf/recommandations_covid_19-3.pdf

Coming to France: French nationals, foreigners, students and international researchers

Since 12 February 2022, new rules apply to travellers arriving in France. For further information, please see the Interior Ministry’s website

• According to European regulations, vaccinated travellers no longer have to be tested before departure. Proof of full vaccination once again suffices to enter France, regardless of the country of departure, as was the case before the spread of the Omicron variant.

Unvaccinated travellers are still required to present a negative test result to enter France, but the measures upon arrival (test, isolation) have been lifted when they arrive from a “green” country where there is limited circulation of the virus.

When unvaccinated travellers arrive from a country on the “orange” list, they must continue to present a compelling reason to justify the need to come to metropolitan France and may still have to take a random test upon arrival. Travellers who test positive must self-isolate, in accordance with the recommendations of the public health insurance authority.

During their stay in France, travellers should download the TousAntiCovid application, continue to strictly respect protective measures and physical distancing, wear a face mask and be vigilant and act responsibly if symptoms appear or if they are infected. https://solidarites-sante.gouv.fr/IMG/pdf/recommandations_covid_19-3.pdf

If you have travelled through a third country during your return trip to France, but remained in the airport international zone, the rules for the departure country apply.

Foreign visitors must pay for tests in France.

International students and researchers: conditions for entering France

Depending on your country of departure and your vaccination status, the procedures that apply to travel to France are different. We recommend you complete a full vaccination cycle before your departure to facilitate your arrival and daily life in France.

For more information, visit the Campus France website. You may also find information from the French Consulate or Campus France office in your place of residence.

How to apply for a vaccine certificate of equivalence

For foreigners

In pharmacies in France, for foreign nationals who are not students. They should present their passport and the paper version of the original vaccination certificate in a pharmacy offering the service (a list is available on the Ministry for Solidarity and Health website).

For foreign students

Foreign students can apply online.

https://www.demarches-simplifiees.fr/commencer/passe-sanitaire-etudiants

I am a French national and I live abroad. Can I travel to France?

All French nationals and their partners and children can enter France, subject to compliance with current public health rules.

Are there specific measures for overseas France ?

Travel to and from all overseas territories is only possible if you have compelling reasons for travel, with the exception of those who are fully vaccinated, and on condition they have negative PCR or antigen test results.

For more information on public health rules applicable to each territory, visit the website of the competent Prefecture:

You can also visit the dedicated website on the Government website: https://www.gouvernement.fr/info-coronavirus/outre-mer (in French)