Travel to France – January 2022

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With the new wave of Covid 19 in France and the new variant Omicron, French government has adapted  the measures to enter the country.  As always, we advise you to  check the latest rules and restrictions of the different countries before traveling on TRAVELDOC.

Depending on the situation of the origin countries, the entering rules are different. There are 4 categories of countries (green, amber, red, Scarlet). Each list is periodically updated.

Anyone aged 12 and over entering French territory must present a negative PCR or antigen test of less than 24 or 48 hours depending on the country of origin. 

“Green” Countries

The countries on the green list on on January 3rd, 2022 are: 

  • Countries in the European  space (European Union, Andorra, the Holy See, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway, San Marino and Switzerland)
  • Argentina
  • Australia
  • Bahrein
  • Hong Kong
  • Japan
  • Kuwait
  • New Zealand
  • Qatar
  • Rwanda
  • Saoudi Arabia
  • Senegal
  • Taiwan
  • United Arab Emirates
  • Uruguay 
  • Vanuatu

The conditions to enter France from a “green” country are:

  1. If you’re vaccinated, you must present a negative PCR or antigen test of less than 48 hours. (With exceptions for people with a complete vaccination pass who arrive from European Union, Andorra, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway, San Marino, the Holy See or Switzerland.)
  2. If you’re not vaccinated and older than 12 years old, you need a certificate of recovery dated more than eleven days and less than six months or a negative PCR or antigen test dating less than 48 hours or less than 24 hours before departure, depending on your country of origin (departure of the first flight in case of travel with correspondence). Travelers from European Space need a  negative PCR or antigen test of less than 24 hours.

All traveler from a green country must complete a certificate of honor attesting that a test for SARS-CoV-2 can be performed upon arrival.

“Amber” Countries

The countries on the amber list are: All worldwide countries except for the “green”, “red”  and “Scarlett” ones. The UK is classified as “amber”.

The conditions to enter France from a “amber” country are:

  1. If you’re vaccinated and older than 11 years old, you must present a negative PCR or antigen test of less than 48 hours. 
  2. If you’re not vaccinated, you need a pressing reason to enter France. In that case, travelers older than 11 years old, you must present a negative PCR or antigen test of less than 48 hours (24hours if you travel from UK). You may get tested when you arrive in France. And you must fill a form indicating where you will self-isolate for 7 days.

If you’re traveling from the USA, you can also consult the CDC guidelines. France is classified level 3 – High Level of COVID-19 in France by the CDC.

Countries subject to specific measures

The United Kingdom constitutes a special category of countries with active circulation of a variant, due to the specific measures applying to travel to and from this country since December 18th, 2021. The following rules apply for all travel between the UK and France:

  • A compelling reason must be given for travel to or from the UK, for both unvaccinated and vaccinated persons. These reasons will not authorise travel for tourism or business reasons. However, these compelling reasons will not apply to French nationals and their spouses (married, civil union or concubine) and children, who will still be able to travel to France and rejoin their UK residence.
  • On departure, vaccinated persons must present a negative test result (PCR or TAG) dated less than 24 hours, which amounts to aligning with the rules already in force for non-vaccinated persons.
  • Prior to their trip, all travellers from the UK shall be required to register on a digital platform allowing them to enter the address where they will be staying in France. This platform will be used to generate prefectural decrees requiring all travellers, whether unvaccinated or vaccinated, to be isolated in the place of their choice. This isolation obligation can be waived after 48 hours, subject to presentation of a negative test result (PCR or TAG).

French Government urges all travellers who had planned to go to the UK to postpone their trip.

“Red” Countries

The countries on the red list on January 3rd, 2022 are: Afghanistan, Belarus, Botswana, Democratic Republic of Congo, Georgia, Nigeria, Malawi, Mauritius, Moldavia, Montenegro, Mozambique, Namibia, Pakistan, Russia, Serbia, Suriname, Tanzania, Turkey, Ukraine, United States, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

The conditions to enter France from a “red” country are:

  1. If you’re vaccinated and older than 11 years old, you must present a negative PCR or antigen test of less than 48 hours. 
  2. If you’re not vaccinated, you need a pressing reason to enter France. In that case, travelers older than 11 years old, you must present a negative PCR or antigen test of less than 48 hours. You may get tested when you arrive in France. And you must comply with a mandatory 10-day quarantine supervised by security forces.

“Scarlett” Countries

The countries on the Scarlett list on January 3rd, 2022 are: Eswatini, Lesotho, and South Africa.

The conditions to enter France from a “Scarlett” country are:

Vaccinated  or not vaccinated, you need a pressing reason to enter France. Travelers older than 11 years old need a negative PCR test taken less than 48 hours or a negative antigenic taken less than 24 hours before the flight. You will be tested when you arrive in France. And you must comply with a mandatory 10-day quarantine supervised by security forces.

Travel document

You will need depending of your case:

  • A proof of vaccination, valid once you’re fully vaccinated. For example, with a two shot vaccine, 2 weeks after the 2nd dose. 
  • A sworn declaration stating that you:
    • have no COVID-19 symptoms.
    • have not been in contact with a confirmed case in the last 14 days.
    • will self-isolate for 7 days (arriving from a “amber” country) or comply with the 10 days quarantine (arriving from a “red” country).
  • A certificate of international travel when you need to justify a compelling reason to enter France.
  • certificate of honor attesting that a test for SARS-CoV-2 can be performed upon arrival.

Traveling to a french overseas territory

Each overseas territory sets its own entry requirements and restrictions. Visit the website of the prefecture of your destination prior to travel:

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