Data Last Updated: July 20, 2021
At present France is open for travelers visiting as tourists. Entry requirements are based on the country the traveler came from, and whether or not the visitor has been vaccinated.
Countries were divided into three categories - green, orange, and red.
Vaccinated travelers coming from those on the "green list" are not subject to any restrictions. However, unvaccinated travelers must present a negative PCR or antigenic test taken less than 72 hours before the flight.
For vaccinated travelers coming from the "orange list," a negative PCR test is required taken less than 72 hours before the flight, or a negative antigenic test taken less than 48 hours before the flight. Unvaccinated travelers will only be allowed entry if their reason for visit is "essential".
Travelers coming from red countries can only enter France for essential reasons, whether they have been vaccinated or not.
For more information - Coronavirus - Advice for Foreign Nationals in France
Mask is required to be worn in all public indoor, public transport and all outdoor areas.
Following a significant increase in COVID-19 infection rates, authorities in France will further tighten restrictions and introduce a curfew in an additional 38 departments from Oct. 24.
A daily 2100-0600 curfew will be in place in Ain, Alpes-Maritimes, Ardeche, Ardennes, Ariege, Aube, Aveyron, Bas-Rhin, Calvados, Corse-du-Sud, Cote-d'Or, Drome, Gard, Hautes-Alpes, Haute-Corse, Haute-Loire, Hautes-Pyrenees, Haute-Savoie, Haute-Vienne, Ille-et-Vilaine, Indre-et-Loire, Jura, Loiret, Lozere, Maine-et-Loire, Marne, Meurthe-et-Moselle, Oise, Pas-de -Calais, the Puy-de-Dôme, the Pyrenees-Atlantiques, the Pyrenees-Orientales; Saone-et-Loire, Savoie, Tarn, Tarn-et-Garonne, Var, Vaucluse, and French Polynesia.
People will be permitted to leave their homes for essential purposes such as hospital visits and critical work duties during curfew hours; however, individuals will need a special permit, which is available on the Ministry of Interior's website. Persons who violate the curfew will face fines.
Authorities have mandated the nationwide use of protective face coverings in enclosed public spaces, including shared workspaces, while a number of local jurisdictions, including Paris, also require their use in outdoor public spaces. Nationwide, public gatherings are limited to six people; festivities are suspended.
Most businesses and services, with the exception of those in areas under elevated alert levels, are permitted to resume operations, provided they comply with strict hygiene and social distancing requirements. Individuals from different households are required to observe social distancing of at least 1 meter (3 feet). National authorities can increase a region's alert level at short notice, and local authorities in areas with heightened alert levels can implement additional restrictions on movement, gatherings, and businesses as they see fit.
Airlines & Transport
Flights from all over the EU are flying directly into French airports multiple times daily. Flights from the newly approved ‘third-party’ countries are also starting to resume.
Direct flights are coming in from almost every major city throughout the EU.
Status of Opening to Tourists
Information based on tourists place of residence being in that country for the last 14 days
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Antigua and Barbuda
British Virgin Islands
Central African Republic
Isle of Man
Northern Mariana Islands
Papua New Guinea
Republic of Congo
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Saint Pierre and Miquelon
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Sao Tome and Principe
Svalbard and Jan Mayen
Trinidad and Tobago
Turks and Caicos
U.S. Virgin Islands
United Arab Emirates
Wallis and Futuna
Democratic Republic of Congo
France began relaxing its travel restrictions for tourism on June 15, 2020, starting with travelers coming from EU nations. However, the country went into its third national lockdown this year due to the increasing number of COVID-19 cases.
But the county is cautiously reopening again and is hoping to attract tourists back. Domestic travel restrictions have already been lifted, allowing residents to travel within the country again.
For international tourists wishing to visit the country for a holiday, here is the latest information about entry regulations and information about France's tourism reopening.
Who Can Travel To France?
Vaccinated travelers coming from more than 30 countries, including the residents of the European Union Member States, can enter France completely restriction-free since June 9, 2021.
Those who have not been vaccinated will still be allowed to enter. However, they must show proof of having tested negative for the virus through PCR or antigen test taken within the last 72 hours before their arrival to France.
Here's a list of countries whose citizens and residents can enter France restriction-free, provided they show proof of having been vaccinated.
- All 26 EU Member States
- Bosnia and Herzegovina
- South Korea
- San Marino
- New Zealand
- North Macedonia
- Saudi Arabia
- Hong Kong
- United States of America
French authorities have classified countries in three colors - green, orange, and red. The countries listed above are all under the "green category".
Travelers Coming from Countries Outside of the "Green List"
Countries not in the list above are categorized as either "orange" or "red". Different entry restrictions apply to travelers coming from these countries.
Countries categorized on the "red list" are countries with a strong presence of the Covid-19 variants. Travelers coming from these countries are subject to stringent restrictions when entering France.
Whether they have been vaccinated or not, travelers coming from the "red list" will only be allowed to enter France if the reason for their visit is "absolutely essential". If allowed entry, they must present negative test result of a PCR or antigen test taken within the last 48 hours. They will also be subjected to random antigen test upon arrival in the country.
Furthermore, they must stay isolated upon entry. The isolation period will vary depending on the traveler's vaccination status. Those who have been vaccinated will only need to isolate for seven days, while those who are not vaccinated must stay isolated for ten days.
Below is a list of countries that are on France's "red list".
- Costa Rica
- Democratic Republic of Congo
- South Africa
- Sri Lanka
Countries that are not on the "green" or "red" list are all categorized as "orange".
Vaccinated travelers coming from "orange countries" are allowed to enter France, even for non-essential reasons, including tourism. They do not need to quarantine upon arrival. However, they are required to present a negative result of the Covid-19 test performed within 72 hours. An antigen test taken in the last 48 hours is also acceptable.
Unvaccinated travelers coming from these countries will only be allowed entry if the reason for their visit is "essential". They must present a negative result of a PCR test or an antigen test taken in the last 72 hours or 48 hours.
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Information for Non-Tourists
Travelers who are French or EU citizens coming from these high-risk countries will require a test on arrival:
United States, Brazil, Algeria, Bahrain, Israel, India, South Africa, Kuwait, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, Oman, Panama, Peru, Serbia, Turkey and Madagascar.
Effective July 30, every passenger and crew member of every flight, whatever their nationality or where they’re flying in from, must provide on arrival a completed Public Health Passenger Locator Form and Int’l Travel Certificate to Mainland France.
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