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Detailed Restriction/Reopening Information For France
Data Last Updated: July 20, 2021

General Information

Partially Open

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 Requirement

Mask is required to be worn in all public indoor, public transport and all outdoor areas.

Internal Restrictions/Closures

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

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Open to Tourists From:

54 Countries

Albania

Andorra

Australia

Austria

Belgium

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Bulgaria

Canada

Croatia

Cyprus

Czech Republic

Denmark

Estonia

Finland

France

Germany

Greece

Hong Kong

Hungary

Iceland

Ireland

Israel

Italy

Japan

Kosovo

Latvia

Lebanon

Liechtenstein

Lithuania

Luxembourg

Macedonia

Malta

Monaco

Montenegro

Netherlands

New Zealand

Norway

Poland

Portugal

Romania

San Marino

Saudi Arabia

Serbia

Singapore

Slovakia

Slovenia

South Korea

Spain

Sweden

Switzerland

Taiwan

United States

Vanuatu

Vatican City

Test Required For Tourists From:

166 Countries

Algeria

American Samoa

Angola

Anguilla

Antarctica

Antigua and Barbuda

Armenia

Aruba

Azerbaijan

Bahamas

Barbados

Belarus

Belize

Benin

Bermuda

Bhutan

Bonaire

Botswana

British Virgin Islands

Brunei

Burkina Faso

Burundi

Cambodia

Cameroon

Cape Verde

Cayman Islands

Central African Republic

Chad

China

Christmas Island

Cocos Islands

Comoros

Cook Islands

Cuba

Curaçao

Djibouti

Dominica

Dominican Republic

Ecuador

Egypt

El Salvador

Equatorial Guinea

Eritrea

Eswatini

Ethiopia

Falkland Islands

Faroe Islands

Fiji

French Guiana

French Polynesia

Gabon

Gambia

Georgia

Ghana

Gibraltar

Greenland

Grenada

Guadeloupe

Guam

Guatemala

Guernsey

Guinea

Guinea-Bissau

Guyana

Haiti

Honduras

Indonesia

Iran

Iraq

Isle of Man

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Jamaica

Jersey

Jordan

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Kenya

Kiribati

Kuwait

Kyrgyzstan

Laos

Lesotho

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Libya

Macao

Madagascar

Malawi

Malaysia

Mali

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Martinique

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Moldova

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Nicaragua

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North Korea

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Palau

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Papua New Guinea

Peru

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Puerto Rico

Qatar

Republic of Congo

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Saint Helena

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Saint Lucia

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Samoa

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Senegal

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Sint Maarten

Solomon Islands

Somalia

South Georgia

South Sudan

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Svalbard and Jan Mayen

Syria

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Tanzania

Thailand

Timor-Leste

Togo

Tokelau

Tonga

Trinidad and Tobago

Tunisia

Turkey

Turkmenistan

Turks and Caicos

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U.S. Virgin Islands

Uganda

Ukraine

United Arab Emirates

United Kingdom

Uzbekistan

Venezuela

Vietnam

Wallis and Futuna

Western Sahara

Yemen

Zimbabwe

Not Allowing Tourists From:

24 Countries

Afghanistan

Argentina

Bahrain

Bangladesh

Bolivia

Brazil

Chile

Colombia

Costa Rica

Democratic Republic of Congo

India

Maldives

Namibia

Nepal

Oman

Pakistan

Paraguay

Russia

Seychelles

South Africa

Sri Lanka

Suriname

Uruguay

Zambia

More Details

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
  • Albania
  • Andorra
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Iceland
  • Switzerland
  • Norway
  • Lichtenstein
  • Monaco
  • Australia
  • South Korea
  • San Marino
  • Israel
  • Japan
  • Kosovo
  • Lebanon
  • Montenegro
  • New Zealand
  • North Macedonia
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Serbia
  • Singapore
  • Taiwan
  • Hong Kong
  • United States of America
  • Canada
  • Vanuatu

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".

  • Afghanistan
  • Argentina
  • Bahrain
  • Bangladesh
  • Bolivia
  • Brazil 
  • Chile
  • Colombia
  • Costa Rica
  • Democratic Republic of Congo
  • India
  • Maldives
  • Namibia
  • Nepal
  • Oman
  • Pakistan
  • Paraguay
  • Russia 
  • Seychelles
  • South Africa
  • Sri Lanka
  • Suriname
  • Uruguay
  • Zambia

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.

Please check France on our live map for the latest restriction/reopening information.

Sources: Re-open EU | France Diplomacy


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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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