Travel to France

There are measures that must be followed by all travelers before their departure and after arriving on French territory. There are also restrictions on admission to French territory. These depend on the country where the traveler comes from.

I. Traveling to Metropolitan France from the Netherlands

The Netherlands is regarded by the French authorities as a “green country within the European area”

Travelers aged 12 and overcoming to France must provide the following:


Valid vaccination certificate: Please note that from 1 February 2022, travelers aged 18 and over must be boosted within 9 months of receiving the last dose in the first vaccination cycle to ensure they are still considered people who have completed the full vaccination schedule: a vaccine of the type Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca, Covishield, Sinopharm/Sinovac or Janssen/Johnson Johnson; the vaccination schedule has been completed that is, at least 28 days have elapsed after administration of the single dose of the Janssen/Johnson Johnson vaccine; at least 7 days have elapsed after administration of an additional dose of an RNA vaccine following the second dose of Sinopharm/Sinovac; at least 7 days have passed after administration of the second dose of a vaccine other than Janssen/Johnson Johnson or Sinopharm/Sinovac

Please note: as of March 14, 2022, there are only a very limited number of locations that require a health pass in France. See the "Health Pass" section below for more details.

To access health-exempt sites, the RNA booster vaccine must be administered within 4 months instead of 9 months (and for people who have had the Janssen/Johnson Johnson vaccine, that booster vaccine must be administered within 2 months).

OR the negative result of a PCR test taken less than 72 hours before departure or an antigen test taken less than 24 hours before departure

Please note: for access to health pass locations, the negative test result is valid for 24 hours.


OR a valid proof of recovery: the person has tested positive by means of a PCR test or an antigen test; at least 11 days have passed since the test was taken; less than 6 months have passed since the test was taken.

Please note: for access to locations that require a health pass, this recovery certificate is valid for 4 months instead of 6 months.

Please note: for access to health pass locations WITHIN FRANCE, since February 15, 2022, the validity period of the recovery certificate has been reduced to 4 months instead of 6.

The vaccination certificate, negative test result, or recovery certificate can take the form of the European digital corona certificate that can be retrieved, for example, in the Dutch application Coronacheck or its French equivalent TousAntiCovid.

If the booster shot has not been administered, the health pass will lose its validity within France but not abroad, unless that foreign country also applies conditions under which they pass loses its validity over time.

 

French people coming from abroad can request that their vaccination certificate be converted to the French passe Sanitaire via the following link, which also indicates which people are eligible.

The vaccination certificate can take the form of the European digital corona certificate that can be retrieved, for example, in the Dutch application Coronacheck or its French equivalent TousAntiCovid.

There is no quarantine obligation upon arrival in metropolitan France.

The obligation to submit one of these 3 pieces of evidence does not apply to people who move in the capacity of a professional road haulage company, nor does it apply to the following land movements:

Travel for a duration of fewer than 24 hours within a radius of 30 kilometers around the place of residence;

Occupational travel, the urgency or frequency of which is incompatible with having a test administered.

II. Traveling to a French overseas territory from the Netherlands

The Netherlands is considered a “green country” by the French authorities ( see below for the French typology ).

1. Travelers 12 years and older who have a valid vaccination certificate must submit the following: the valid vaccination certificate.

2. Travelers aged 12 years and older who do NOT have a valid vaccination certificate must present: the negative result of a PCR test taken less than 72 hours before departure or of an antigen test taken less than 48 hours before departure has decreased.

III. Traveling to metropolitan France from a country other than the Netherlands

French typology based on health risk

France distinguishes two country categories based on health risk. The measures imposed when entering French territory depend on the category to which the country of origin belongs.

The Netherlands is considered a “green” country by the French authorities.

a) "Green" countries and territories

This is the list of "green" countries and territories: the member states of the European Union, Albania, US Virgin Islands, Andorra, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Aruba, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belize, Benin, Bhoutan, Bolivia, Bonaire, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, British Virgin Islands, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Comoros, Congo, Costa Rica, Cuba, Curacao, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Eswatini, Ethiopia, Faroe Islands, Fiji, Philippines, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Grenada, Greenland, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Honduras, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Ivory Coast, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Cape Verde, Cameroon, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kiribati, Kuwait, Kosovo, Laos, Lesotho,Lebanon, Liberia, Liechtenstein, Madagascar, Malawi, Maldives, Malaysia, Morocco, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mexico, Moldova, Monaco, Mongolia, Montenegro, Montserrat, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nepal, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, New Zealand, North Macedonia, Norway, Uganda, Ukraine, Oman, East Timor, Pakistan, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico, Qatar, Rwanda, Saba, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Solomon Islands, Samoa, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Serbia, Seychelles, St Eustatius, Sudan, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Tanzania, Togo, Trinidad and Tobago, Chad, Tunisia, Turkish and Caicos Islands, Turkey, Uruguay, Vanuatu, Vatican City, Venezuela, United Arab Emirates, United States, United Kingdom, Vietnam, Iceland, Zambia, Zimbabwe,South Africa, South Korea, South Sudan and Switzerland.

Travelers aged 12 and over must provide proof that they are not infected with Covid-19 (see point I above ).

b) "Orange" countries and territories

This is the list of "orange" countries and territories: all countries and territories that are not "green".

1. Travelers 12 years and older who DO have a valid vaccination certificate must present that vaccination certificate

AND a sworn statement of the absence of symptoms and absence of contact with a confirmed Covid case. The English language model of this document can be downloaded at https://www.interieur.gouv.fr/sites/minint/files/medias/documents/2022-02/12-02-2022-engagement-sur-l-honneur- orange.docx.

2. Travelers aged 12 years and older who do NOT have a valid vaccination certificate must provide the following documents: the negative result of a PCR test taken less than 72 hours before departure or of an antigen test taken less than 48 hours before departure declined ;

AND a sworn statement of the absence of symptoms stating that they have not had contact with a confirmed Covid case during the 14 days prior to travel and committing to undergoing a PCR or antigen test upon arrival. The English language model of this document can be downloaded 

AND a travel statement stating that there is an urgent reason for the trip and also committing to undergo a PCR or antigen test upon arrival in metropolitan France and committing to undergoing a PCR or antigen test upon arrival and also commits to self-isolation for seven days. The English version of this document can be found 

The measures imposed on vaccinated adults also apply to minors traveling with them, regardless of whether those minors are vaccinated or not.

IV. Departure from metropolitan France

The French government does not impose any restrictions related to Covid-19 on people who want to leave France and who want to travel to a " green " country or area.

Persons who DO NOT have a valid vaccination certificate and who wish to travel to an " orange " country or area must demonstrate one of the compelling reasons stated on the document, the English-language model of which can be found and that must be completed and signed by them.

V. Measures applicable within France

1) General measures

a) Wearing the mouth cap

In indoor areas

Wearing a mouth mask is only mandatory in institutions for medical care and social support (hospitals, care homes, and homes for the elderly).

In the workplace

Wearing a mouth mask is only mandatory in institutions for medical care and social support (hospitals, care homes, and homes for the elderly).

In public transport

Since May 16, 2022, wearing a face mask is no longer mandatory in public transport (including airplanes), at stations, and at bus stops. It is still recommended for all persons 6 years and older.

In outdoor areas

Since February 2, 2022, wearing a face mask is no longer mandatory in the open air.


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