France is open to tourists from EU countries and will be open for Americans and other countries from June 9 with “AllAntiCovid” travel App.
As of now, allowed visitors need to bring a negative COVID-19 test or agree to get tested on arrival and undergo a 7-day quarantine, in case testing at the point of departure is not possible.
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France Travel Restrictions – Latest Updates
May 26 – France to reopen on June 9 with a more robust traveling App
The EU’s decision to reopen borders to vaccinated travelers has been celebrated by millions of tourists and travel companies worldwide. However, confusion reigns as visitors try to grasp the different rules, regulations and procedures, so they aren’t denied entry at an EU airport.
To avoid all that confusion, France has created and improved its “AllAntiCovid” app where visitors will be able to upload their COVID-19 test results, vaccine certificate, and check the special requirements in case they come from a red, orange or green country.
France also added a “digital recall book” that will be used to inform visitors if they were, for example, in close contact with a positive patient at a dinner in a particular restaurant last night.
France’s Directorate General for Health has emphasized that those who refuse to use the app QR code for contract tracing will be denied entry to multiple tourist venues.
May 12 – France to reopen to American tourists on June 9
The French government has announced its intention to reopen to U.S. tourists on June 9. But, -there is always a but- not everyone is invited to this party.
According to the Associated Press, all Americans willing to visit France this summer must either present a legit negative PCR COVID-19 test taken within the previous 72 hours or bring proof of vaccination against COVID-19.
Regardless of their nationality, visitors coming to France from India and Brazil must also quarantine for 10 days upon arrival or will face fines.
Starting May 19, France will reopen restaurant and café terraces, cultural venues and non-essential shops.
“I say it in the clearest way possible: We are finally in the process of emerging from this health crisis on a long-term basis,” said French Prime Minister Jean Castex on Monday.
April 24 – France to ease local travel restrictions
Effective May 3, locals and tourists will be allowed to travel farther than the 10km they have been able to travel around over the last few weeks. Thus, stating this date the “permission forms” will no longer be needed.
The contagion rate remains high and hospitals are still overwhelmed but cases have stopped increasing. Thanks to these positive epidemiology results, the government has announced that it’s time for a gradual reopening.
Since France has managed to contain the third wave of the Covid-19 pandemic, travel restrictions within the country will be eased from early next month, stated Prime Minister Jean Castex on Thursday.
However, visitors should keep in mind that the current curfew will continue to be enforced until further notice, according to the Castex.
March 20 – Travel ban for seven countries lifted
Travelers coming from Australia, Israel, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, and the United Kingdom are allowed entry to France for any purpose.
All arrivals from these countries will need to provide a negative COVID-19 test result carried out within 72 hours prior to departure. They will also need to self-isolate for 7 days and complete a sworn declaration.
Travelers from banned countries who need to travel to France for family reasons can also be allowed entry. (Source)
Which countries are allowed to enter France for tourism without quarantine?
Citizens and residents from the E.U., and the Schengen area, plus other 6 non-European nations are allowed entry for any reason, including tourism. (Current at May 26).
- Republic of Cyprus
- Czech Republic
- New Zealand
- San Marino
- South Korea
- The UK
Are Americans allowed entry in France?
Americans will be allowed to enter France starting June 9. (See restrictions on the latest updates section).
Can people from other countries visit France?
Unfortunately, only non-EU visitors from the U.K., Australia, South Korea, Israel, Japan, New Zealand, and Singapore are admitted at the moment.
Also, foreigners who have been granted a permanent or temporary residence in France are allowed entry.
Are there any specific rules for French Overseas Territories?
The specific rules for overseas territories are available at the following websites:
- French Guyana
- New Caledonia
- French Polynesia
- Saint Barts and Saint Martin (French side)
- Saint Pierre and Miquelon
- The French Southern and Antarctic territories
- Wallis and Futuna
How can non-EU visitors assess if their travel is essential?
For individuals needing to travel to France but whose passport belongs to one of the restricted countries, there is the possibility to be admitted under one of these categories.
- Foreign students with a long-stay visa.
- Academics who have been invited by -or work for- a higher education institution.
- Crew members engaged in transporting goods or people, or manning fishing vessels.
- Family reunification for children, spouse, or parents of a French citizen.
- Essential Workers such as diplomats and healthcare professionals.
Are there additional requirements for foreign nationals coming from a restricted country?
Check for restrictions and additional requirements here.
Additional entry requirements to visit France
- International travel certificate to mainland France (link) or an exceptional travel certificate for overseas territories (link)
- A sworn statement that the visitor does not have COVID-19 symptoms.
- Proof of a negative COVID-19 test no older than 72 hours.
Are there additional restrictions to travel to or from overseas territories?
Take into account that all traveling to or from French Guiana, French Polynesia, Mayotte, New Caledonia or the Wallis and Futuna islands is completely restricted except for absolute necessity related to family or work.
COVID-19 cases in France
As of May 26, France is struggling to contain a new wave of coronavirus infections. SO far, the country has reported 5,621,696 confirmed COVID cases and 109,023 deaths.
Is it safe to visit France now?
France has been placed as a “Level 4: Very High Level of COVID-19” by the CDC.gov due to its high infectious rate and it is not safe to visit at the moment.