COVID - Rules to travel to France

Published the 06/04/2021 in Useful Information

The French government has just updated the rules for entering France as of June 9th. Below are some essential resources to better understand the prerequisites to come to France for a leisure or professional tourism stay (Updated August 5, 2021).

Two important things to know:

Here is the map as of July 31, 2021

COVID MAP - Travel to France color code 

And here are the rules in force according to this color code :

Here are the details (in french, but we will update with the official english table as soon as it becomes available). 

Travel to France - rules June 9th COVID

FYI, the vaccines validated by the EMA are: BioNTech and Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca and Janssen Pharmaceutica SA, following the EMA's positive evaluation of their safety and efficacy. This means that if you are vaccinated with another vaccine, it will not be accepted as valid on the French territory and you must refer to the same rules as non-vaccinated persons.

Health  pass

You must present a health pass to access leisure and culture venues and events bringing together more than 50 people. From August you will also need to present a pass in bars, restaurants, malls, hospitals (except if you are admitted for urgent care), retirement homes, residential care homes, and for long-distance travel by plane, train or coach. For campsites, and other holiday accommodation you will need to present a pass once, on arrival.

This list may be extended as necessary.

The health pass is not required for children under 12. It will be required from Septembre, 30 for young people aged 12 to 17, and for the staff of public venues.

The pass must prove one of the three following items:


Passes can be digital (on the TousAntiCovid app) or in paper form (proof of vaccination or test result). They include a QR code that will be scanned on entry into the venue or event.

You can directly present the QR code of the EU Digital Covid certificate (or the NHS in the case of the UK) or scan it in the AllAntiCovid application if you have been vaccinated in one of the following countries:

Citizens of other countries may apply for a health pass

Initially, this arrangement is open to non-European foreigner tourists already present in the national territory or arriving by 15 August 2021. Requests for an arrival after that date will be taken into account later.

How do I apply?

To make a request, you must send the following documents by email (in pdf, jpg or png format):

To which address should you send your request?

The request must be sent with the following wording: COUNTRY OF RESIDENCE / NAME First name / Date of arrival in France in format DD-MM-21

For example: CANADA / DURAND Anne / 11-08-21, at the address corresponding to your place of residence:

List of email addresses by country

Country of residence

Email

For United States nationals

area1.covid-pass@diplomatie.gouv.fr

For Canadians

area2.covid-pass@diplomatie.gouv.fr

For nationals of all other countries

area3.covid-pass@diplomatie.gouv.fr

 
Upon receipt of QR Code

Once your request has been processed, you will receive an email with a QR code. You can then print it and present it on paper, or add it to the TousAntiCovid application, to justify your vaccination status.

Pending a QR vaccine equivalency code, a solution: a negative test

A temporary QR code can also be generated by a healthcare professional after obtaining a negative result on a RT-PCR or antigenic test valid for 72h. All RT-PCR and antigenic tests generate a proof, as soon as the result is entered by the healthcare professional, that can be printed live and that is also made available to the tested person via an email and an SMS to go and collect it on SI-DEP portal . In France, foreigners have to pay for their tests. They are available in laboratories, pharmacies or dedicated areas. The results of antigenic tests are generally known in about 15-20 minutes.

If you have any questions or doubts about the health regulations, please do not hesitate to contact us. We look forward to seeing you again!

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