Coronavirus and your trip to France

As of today (2d November, 2022)
The American Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 2 – Travel advisory- for US travelers coming to France. (see link for more information)

France has removed all COVID-related entry restrictions. There is no longer any testing or vaccination requirement for entry to France from any country, including the United States. France reserves the right to reimpose entry restrictions if the health situation requires it.

In France the seven-day incidence is currently approx. 300

Current and detailed data are provided by Santé Publique France.

Overview

In a nutshell:

Please note:

- Heatwave in France: Travellers are advised to limit their stays outdoors, drink enough fluids, wear light-coloured cotton clothing, and avoid alcohol and high-fat foods.

- As of August 1 neither a vaccination certificate or a negative Corona test is required for entry to France from any country, including the United States.

- Corsica: For entry to Corsica by ferry, in addition to the requirements generally necessary for France, either proof of vaccination status or a negative PCR or antigen test (max. 24 hrs old) and a corresponding declaration are required.

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

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

- Since 1 August, neither a vaccination certificate or a negative Corona test is required for entry to France from any country.

_ For travellers from the UK: A valid passport is required for entry to France.

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: neither a vaccination certificate or a negative Corona test is required for entry to France.

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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

Great Britain: Wales and Northern Ireland adopted the entry regulations that apply in England and Scotland. Unvaccinated travelers only need to take a test within 48 hours of arrival. Fully vaccinated persons only need to register before arrival.

The regular entry regulations apply

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Returning to Ireland

- Neither a vaccination certificate nor a negative Corona test is required for entry to Ireland for EU residents.

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Vaccination

- Approx. 54,4 million people in France have received at least one dose of the vaccine. Currently, approx. 53,3 million people are fully vaccinated with the second injection. And 40,2 million people in France have already received booster doses. 21,7% of population isn't vaccinated.

- 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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