Coronavirus and your trip to France

As of today (28th January, 2022)
The American Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 4 – Do Not Travel travel advisory- for US travelers coming to France. (see link for more information)
New rules apply for travelers from the UK (see below)

In France the seven-day incidence is currently approx. 3.700 very impacted with Omicron.
The French government will gradually ease Covid restrictions from February 2, 2022.

Current and detailed data are provided by Santé Publique France.


In a nutshell:

Please note:

- It is now compulsory to show a pass sanitaire (from the age of 12) for visits to cultural and leisure facilities (theatres, cinemas, museums, amusement parks, festivals, concert halls, …), to enter bars and restaurants, in certain means of transport (trains, planes and long distance buses), in some shoping centres, in health facilities or whenever more than 50 people gather. The pass sanitaire means that you need to prove that you are either fully vaccinated, have a negative PCR test (less than 24h) or have healed from Covid less than 6 months ago.

- The so-called pass sanitaire has been changed into a vaccination passport.

- From 15 January 2022, introduction of need to show receipt of a booster injection to obtain the French ‘pass sanitaire’ for all people age 18 and older, between five and seven months after their second COVID dose to keep their health pass active.

- Fully vaccinated travellers (aged 12 years or over) travelling from outside of the European Union to France must show proof of a negative COVID-19 test result. Tests must be taken no more than 48 hours before travel for vaccinated people and no more than 24 hours before travel for those who are not fully vaccinated.

- Non-vaccinated arrivals from the European Union must show proof of a negative COVID-19 test result taken within 24 hours before departure.

Classification pays verts

Re-opening plan:

- A country ranking has come into effect that classifies the countries into different colours and corresponding travel measures are to be taken.

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Entering France

Please note:
- Tourists have to pay for Corona tests in France: 45 euros for a PCR test, 25 euros for an antigen test.
- You can see test centres in France here.

For travellers from Ireland (classified by the French government as a “green country”)

- All travelers from Ireland (aged 11 or older) who wish to come to France will be requested to present a negative result of a RT-PCR test OR antigen test on COVID-19 carried out 24 hours or less before departure. There is only exemption from this obligation for road transport professionals.

- For vaccinated and recovered people: A negative COVID-19 test result is not required anymore. Equivalent to a Corona test, is proof of complete vaccination status with a vaccine approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA), or proof of recovery from COVID-19 infection no more than six months old.

- Travellers can prove their vaccination, test or recovery status in printed form or digitally, e.g. via an entry in the French app TousAntiCovid.

- Once in France, it is advisable to download the TousAntiCovid application, to continue to scrupulously respect health measures, wear a mask and be vigilant and responsible in the event of symptoms or contamination.

For travellers from the UK

From 18th December, all travellers aged 12 and over, regardless of their vaccination status, must:

• Provide proof that they have pressing grounds for travel. Tourism and business travel are not pressing grounds for travel;
• Present upon boarding a negative test result taken less than 24h prior;
• Register before departure on the digital platform éOS-COVID;
Self-isolate upon arrival in France in the place of their choosing. This self-isolation can be lifted 48 hours after arrival in France if a negative test result is provided. Without a negative test result you will be required to self-isolate for 7 days. Checks will be conducted to ensure that these measures are properly implemented.

For travellers outside the European Union

- Under the rules that went into effect June 9, certain travelers may now be admitted, depending on conditions in the country of origin of their trip and the travellers vaccination status. All countries are color coded, either green, red, or orange. A country’s color, and thus condition to enter France, can change quickly. Please verify the country’s status.

For U.S. travellers:

- Fully vaccinated travelers coming from these countries can enter with proof of vaccination.

- Travelers who are not fully vaccinated will need to provide a compelling reason for travel through submission of an attention form and require a negative PCR or antigen test performed within the 72 hours before entering France; undergo a 7-day self-isolation period upon arrival; and take a PCR test at the end of the self-isolation period.

-Starting from 8th November, the US will open their borders to all vaccinated travelers from the Shengen area as well as Great-Britain and Ireland, among other countries. Travelers will need to provide a proof of vaccination as well as a negative PCR test (performed within 72h of departure).

- From December 6, 2021, all airline passengers to the United States (2 years and older), regardless of vaccination status or citizenship, must provide a negative COVID-19 test taken within one calendar day of travel. or show proof of recovery in the 90 days preceding travel. 

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Transit in France

- Ferry traffic for passengers is open as well the Eurotunnel service and air travel.
- Even if you are only transiting in France, you have to provide the documents mentioned above.

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Returning to the UK

All travelers will need to book a Covid test for day 2 after their arrival in the UK.
If you have coronavirus, you will have to quarantine until 10 days after your positive test.

Most Covid 19 restrictions in England are to be abolished from January 27, 2022. For example, the mask requirement will be dropped. Also, proof of vaccination or testing will no longer be required for entry to nightclubs and other mass gatherings.

If you are fully vaccinated under the UK vaccination programme:
- Before you travel to England you must: book and pay for a day 2 COVID-19 test – to be taken after arrival in England, complete a passenger locator form.

- You will need to: declare that you have been fully UK vaccinated on your passenger locator form, or are taking part or have taken part in a formally approved UK COVID-19 vaccine clinical trial for COVID-19 vaccine, or you are under 18 and resident in the UK, show proof of your vaccination status to your carrier (ferry, airline or train) when you travel.

If you are not fully vaccinated under the UK vaccination programme:
- Before you travel to England you must: take a COVID-19 test (children aged 10 and under do not need to take this test), book and pay for day 2 and day 8 COVID-19 tests – to be taken after arrival in England, complete a passenger locator form.

- On arrival in England you must: quarantine at home or in the place you are staying for 10 days, take a COVID-19 test on or before day 2 and on or after day 8

- You may be able to end quarantine early if you pay for a private COVID-19 test through the Test to Release scheme.

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Returning to Ireland

From 3 December 2021, passengers aged 12 and over who are fully vaccinated or recovered from COVID-19 must either provide:
- A negative antigen test (taken within 48 hours before arrival)
- A negative PCR test (taken within 72 hours before arrival)

If you are not fully vaccinated or recovered, you must show a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours before your arrival.

All travellers to Ireland are required by law to complete a Passenger Locator Form.

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- Approx. 53,9 million people in France have received at least one dose of the vaccine. Currently, nearly 52,6 million people are fully vaccinated with the second injection. 6 % of the French population (approx 5 million people) are not vaccinated.

- Since 1 July 2021 travelling within the EU has been further simplified by the digital EU vaccination certificate. It is valid in all EU member states.

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Travel restrictions for UK citizens due to Brexit

- As of 1 January 2021 UK citizens cannot travel, live, go on holiday and work anywhere in the EU without special permits

- British people should have agreed visa-free travel for short visits and can spend up to 90 days in the its Schengen zone during any 180-day period.
If you plan to travel by ferry from France to the United Kingdom, expect longer waiting times at customs.
About changes to customs regulations from 1 January 2021, please call the French customs administration on +33-811 204 444, or from abroad on +33-172 40 78 50.

- For EU tourists planning on going to the UK: from 1st October, showing an Identity card will not be enough. All travelers must present a valid passport in order to enter the country.

- As travel experts, we follow developments in our home country on a daily basis and reliably ensure that our customers do not take any risks. Please do not hesitate to contact us by e-mail or chat

- A toll-free hotline service (French only) answers your questions about the Coronavirus COVID-19 non-stop, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week: 0 800 130 000. The toll-free hotline service cannot give medical advice. If you have signs of a respiratory infection within 14 days of your return from an area where the coronavirus is spreading, dial 15, or send a text to 114 if you have a speech or hearing impairment.

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Travelling carefree, even in times of Corona

It has never been as important to be properly insured when travelling – We offer together with our longstanding partner” ERGO a suitable travel cancellation insurance for all EU citizens.

Depending on your preference, you have on the one hand the possibility to book a single travel cancellation insurance when you go on holiday by car / bus / train via France écotours.
On the other hand, no matter which means of transport you use, you can also book a travel cancellation insurance for all your booked trips within one year.
Besides, it is always possible to purchase an additional supplementary cover Covid-19 to an already booked ERGO travel cancellation insurance.

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