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France is set to reopen for tourism with a new color-code system from June 9

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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June 7 – France is set to reopen for tourism with a new color-code system from June 9

Starting June 9, France will finally reopen to most tourists worldwide. From Wednesday, all E.U. citizens will be allowed entry without COVID-19 test or quarantine.

Arrivals from third-party “orange countries” must bring proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken no older than 72 hours or a negative antigen test no older than 48. Those arriving from “green countries” will no longer need to undergo testing if they’re vaccinated.

People from red-listed countries can only enter for compelling reasons after submitting a negative COVID-19 test and undergoing a 14-day quarantine. 

“From June 9, the flow of travelers between France and foreign countries will be reopened according to terms that vary depending on the health situation in third countries and the vaccination of travelers,” the French government announced on June 4.

To learn more about these countries, go to our section below: Which countries will be allowed to enter France?

(Source: Government of France)

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. 

(Source: EuroActive)

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.

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Which countries will be allowed to enter France?

Green countries

Residents from the E.U., and the Schengen area, plus other 7 non-European nations are allowed entry for any reason including tourism. (From June 7).

  • European Union and Schengen Area countries
  • Australia
  • South Korea
  • Israel
  • Japan
  • Lebanon
  • New Zealand
  • Singapore

Red countries

Can only enter for compiling reasons only, with a negative PCR test and a 14-day quarantine. 

  • Argentina
  • Bahrain
  • Bangladesh
  • Bolivia
  • Brazil
  • Chile
  • Colombia
  • Costa Rica
  • India
  • Nepal
  • Pakistan
  • South Africa
  • Sri Lanka
  • Suriname
  • Turkey
  • Uruguay

Orange countries

Countries that do not appear on the green or orange lists, belong on the orange one. These citizens must present proof of a negative COVID-19 if they are not vaccinated but will not need to quarantine.  

Are Americans allowed entry in France?

Americans will be allowed to enter France starting June 9. (See restrictions on the latest updates section).

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 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.