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What are the entry COVID-19 entry requirements for France?

With travel requirements regularly changing, we have compiled the entry requirements for travel to France.

Who can travel to France?

To enter French territory, a COVID certificate is mandatory for everyone over the age of 12 years and two months. Travellers under 12 do not have to take a test. A COVID certificate proves the vaccination status, negative test result or recovery of its holder. The vaccines accepted by France are those recommended by the European Medicines Agency and are: Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca/Vaxzevria/Covishield et Johnson & Johnson. The vaccination certificate is only valid on the condition that it makes it possible to certify the completion of a complete vaccination schedule, namely:

  • 7 days after the 2nd injection for double injection vaccines (Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca / Vaxzevria / Covishield);
  • 4 weeks after injection for vaccines with a single injection (Johnson & Johnson);
  • 7 days after the injection for vaccines in people with a history of Covid-19 (only 1 injection necessary).

France has a colour code system governing international travel to and from France. There are four categories of measures: green, amber, red and. ‘Scarlet red’. ‘Scarlet red’ is a new category introduced in response to the Omicron variant. You should regularly check the status of the country you are travelling to or from on the French government’s website.

Do I need to take a COVID-19 test before entering France?

From 00:00 CET 4 December (23:00 GMT 3 December), fully vaccinated travellers (aged 12 years or over) travelling from outside the European Union to France must show proof of a negative COVID-19 test result from either a PCR or antigen test. Tests must be taken no more than 48 hours before travel for vaccinated travellers, and no more than 24 hours before travel for those who are not fully vaccinated. Self-administered tests are not accepted. HGV and van drivers arriving in France from the UK are not required to provide a negative COVID-19 test to enter France. From 00:00 CET, 4 December, non-vaccinated arrivals from the European Union must show proof of a negative COVID-19 test result taken within 24 hours before departure.

Do I need to quarantine on arrival in France?

There is no requirement for vaccinated travellers to quarantine when arriving in France. If not vaccinated, travellers must self-isolate for a 7 days period and obtain and negative Covid-19 test at the end of the 7 days period.

Are bars and restaurants open in France?

Yes, bars and restaurants are open and subject to social distancing, but also require a Covid certificate to enter.

Will I have to wear a mask in France?

In enclosed public places and on public transport, masks are required. Masks are mandatory for people aged 11+ in busy town centres and at all public events, including cultural events and festivals, outdoor markets and Christmas markets. Of course, some exemptions may apply. 

What do I need to do to return to the UK?

All travellers re-entering the UK, regardless of vaccination status, will need to take an Antigen test before returning to the UK as well as a Day 2 PCR test. Until you receive a negative PCR test result, you MUST self-isolate.

To book your Antigen or PCR test at one of our locations, please visit our booking page.

If you require further information on travel entry requirements, testing requirements or other travel information, please check the UK Government travel guidance page.

*The information in this article was correct as of 09/12/21.

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