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France is Open For Tourism With Restrictions Despite the 50-million Vaccination Milestone

France is open to tourists from all over the world including EU nations and the U.S. but different rules apply for green, orange and red-listed countries.

Fully vaccinated travelers from EU or “green” countries can enter without submitting a negative Covid-19 PCR test or going into quarantine.

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September 19 – France has reached the 50-million vaccination milestone

President Emmanuel Macron announced on Friday that the number of French residents who have received at least one shot of a Covid-19 vaccine has surpassed 50 million.

Macron made the announcement in a video shared on his official twitter account saying, “the vaccine saves lives, the virus kills, it’s that simple.”

The country of 67.06 million inhabitants now has one of the world’s highest vaccination rates, with close to 90% of its eligible population fully or partially vaccinated. 

September 2 – Health pass has speeded up France’s vaccination rate

Seven weeks after the implementation of France’s “Health Pass”, the vaccination rate has increased faster than expected. 

Since mid-July, millions have scheduled their vaccination appointments to avoid taking a Covid-19 test every time they want to go for lunch.

“People have understood it, it’s relatively well respected and it’s contributing undeniably in keeping the fourth wave in check for the moment,” said Djillali Annane, the head of the care unit of the Raymond-Poincare de Garches hospital in Paris.

Source: The Local

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Color-code classification to enter France

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France – Entry requirements

Green countries

Residents from the E.U., and the Schengen area, plus other non-European nations are allowed entry for any reason including tourism. (Updated – September 19).

  1. Albania
  2. Australia
  3. Bahrain
  4. Brunei
  5. Canada
  6. Chile
  7. Comoros Islands
  8. Hong Kong
  9. Japan
  10. Jordan
  11. Kosovo
  12. Lebanon
  13. New Zealand
  14. North Macedonia
  15. Saudi Arabia
  16. Serbia
  17. Singapore
  18. South Korea
  19. Taiwan
  20. Ukraine
  21. Uruguay
  22. Vanuatu

Red countries

Only travel for essential reasons is allowed. A negative PCR test and a 14-day quarantine are mandatory.

  1. Afghanistan
  2. Algeria
  3. Argentina
  4. Bangladesh
  5. Brazil
  6. Colombia
  7. Costa Rica
  8. Cuba
  9. Democratic Republic of Congo
  10. Georgia
  11. Indonesia
  12. Iran
  13. Maldives
  14. Morocco
  15. Mozambique
  16. Namibia
  17. Nepal
  18. Pakistan
  19. Russia
  20. Seychelles
  21. South Africa
  22. Suriname
  23. Tunisia
  24. Turkey

Orange countries

Countries that do not appear on the green or orange lists, belong on the orange one. 

Source: French Government

Are there any specific rules for French Overseas Territories?

France travel restrictions

The specific rules for overseas territories are available at the following websites:

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.

COVID-19 cases in France

As of September 19, the country has reported 6,942,105 confirmed COVID cases and 115,960 deaths.

Is it safe to visit France now?

France has been placed as a “Level 4: Very High Level of COVID-19” by the due to its high infectious rate and it is not safe to visit at the moment.

France reopening: Updates Archives

August 20 – 6 million COVID tests taken last week in France after introduction of health pass 

On July 21, France made it obligatory to show the “Passe Sanitaire” (health pass) for people to visit France’s famed restaurants, cafes, outdoor terraces as well as to use public transportation and more. 

The pass must contain proof of being fully vaccinated or having tested negative for COVID-19.

On August 19, Prime Minister Jean Castex announced the government had managed to vaccinate almost 60% of its eligible population. 

Although this is a great milestone, it’s not enough to ensure French people, especially those under 30’s can have their lives back. 

On August 19, the Direction de la recherche, des études, de l’évaluation et des statistiques (Drees) announced that 6 million people took the COVID-19 test in the previous week. 

This is probably because most of them have not been able to access the vaccine yet.

Source: The Connexion

August 6 – France to consider reintroducing new restrictions due to a “explosion” of COVID cases

France would be considering enforcing new COVID-19 restrictions according to government spokesman Gabriel Attal.

The restrictions may include closing restaurants and bars earlier and mandatory use of face masks, once again.

On Thursday, the highest constitutional authority in France ruled in favor of using a COVID-19 “health pass” for people to be permitted to enter public spaces such as restaurants and shops.

“No freedom is absolute,” said President Emmanuel Macron on Instagram defending the implementation of the health pass. 

Source: France 24

July 22 – France to request “health passport” for access leisure and cultural venues from July 21

Effective July 21, tourists and locals will need to bring their “health pass” (pass sanitaire) if they want to access restaurants, bars, cinemas, museums, as well as to board trains and airplanes.

Right after the announcement, more than a million French people scheduled a vaccination appointment on the medical website Doctolib according to the company’s CEO on Twitter

“I can understand that the French were worried, that they had doubts,” said government spokesperson Gabriel Attal, “but I tell them very sincerely and very honestly: the time is not for doubting the vaccine, we now have to go for it.”

Those who chose not to get vaccinated must present a negative COVID-19 test every time they want to go to the aforementioned places.

Source: Politico

July 4 – France reopened for tourism to the U.S and other 26 territories from the end of June

France reopened its borders to American and other tourists from the end of June. To be allowed entry, fully vaccinated visitors must have received one of the EU-approved vaccines.

The country is currently accepting visitors inoculated with Pfizer, Moderna AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson (Janssen).

Travelers who opted for vaccines different from these will still need to prove their compelling reasons to travel to France.

The government has recently moved the United States to its “green list” of countries. So for now U.S. visitors are allowed entry regardless of vaccination status. However, this may change with little to no prior notice. 

(Source: Times of India)

June 22 – France reopened for tourism but banned 18 countries from June 17

France reopened for international tourism on June 9 removing the need for coronavirus tests for vaccinated Europeans. Allowed countries will be updated on a weekly basis depending on the epidemiology situation of each territory.

The new color-code system informs travelers the type of restrictions they will face upon arrival and also the ones that have been lifted. 

On June 17, France banned visitors from South Africa, Argentina, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Suriname, Uruguay, Paraguay, Afghanistan and Maldives due to a high incidence of COVID-19.

France is currently discussing the possibility of relaxing multiple COVID-19 related restrictions on June 23 and on July 9.

(Source: French Gov.)