France Travel: Current COVID-19 Entry Rules Explained

France continues to remain one of the European Union countries that still require travelers to follow COVID-19 entry rules ahead of the summer travel season.

Currently, France categorises all world countries into two different categories – green or orange category – based on their infection risk. This means that not the same entry rules are applied to all travelers reaching France, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports.

The Ministry of Interior of France explains that the green category at the moment includes all the countries that are part of the European continent. In addition, the green category includes Canada, the US, as well as the majority of countries located in South America and Africa, among others.

According to the French authorities, travelers from green-listed countries are permitted entry to France for all kinds of purposes as long as they present one of the required COVID-19 certificates.

Travelers over the age of 12 who enter France from a green-listed country are required to present a valid vaccination or recovery certificate.

Those who have not been vaccinated or recovered from the virus can also enter France for travel purposes as long as they provide a negative COVID-19 test result.

This means that all travelers from green countries are exempt from following additional rules, such as testing and isolation, when entering France, despite their vaccination status.

On the other hand, slightly stricter entry rules apply to travelers reaching France from an orange-listed country.

Travelers who have been fully vaccinated and who enter France from an orange country are required to hold proof of vaccination as well as present a sworn statement attesting to the absence of COVID-19 symptoms.

Those from orange-listed countries who have not been vaccinated are also permitted entry to France provided that they undergo COVID-19 testing prior to their arrival and hold the same sworn statement mentioned above.

France applies the same validity rules on the validity of COVID certificates as the other EU countries. A vaccination certificate is considered valid in France as long as it proves that the holder completed primary vaccination within the last nine months or has received an additional vaccine dose.

On the other hand, a recovery certificate is only recognized if it proves that the holder recovered from COVID-19 in the last six months.

As for the COVID-19 tests, France accepts both PCR and rapid antigen tests, taken within 72 or 48 hours before entry, respectively.

Previously, SchengenVisaInfo.com reported that France has decided to lift the requirement to wear a face mask on metros, buses, and trains. The news was confirmed by the Minister of Social Affairs and Health, Oliver Veran.

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