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Covid-19 FAQ: the answers to your questions

Updated: March 23, 2022

In France, since March 14, 2022, the application of the “vaccination pass” has been suspended in all places where it was required (leisure and cultural places, commercial catering activities, fairs and trade shows, etc.).

The “travel health pass” remains in force at the borders.

The “activity health pass” is required in health establishments, retirement homes, establishments welcoming fragile or disabled people.

The maintenance of health precautions remains in force: https://solidarites-sante.gouv.fr/IMG/pdf/recommandations_covid_19-3.pdf

the “travel” sanitary pass is issued on presentation one of the following three proofs:

  • A vaccination certificate attesting to a complete vaccination schedule;
  • A certificate of medical contraindication issued in France;
  • A certificate of recovery Covid-19: positive test dating back at least 11 days and less than 6 months issued in France.

To find out more about the vaccination schedules recognized in France, consult the website of the Ministry of Health and Solidarity

Consult the list of European countries that can issue and verify certified evidence in the format of the EU digital anti-Covid certificate.

A classification of countries/territories (green, orange and red) and specific arrangements for managing travel to France are defined according to the health situation and vaccination of travellers. (see the website of the Ministry of the Interior)

To date, no country/territory is classified in the “red” category. However, in the event of an emergency characterized by the appearance of a variant likely to present a risk of increased transmissibility or immune escape, the “emergency brake” mechanism will be activated and the country will then be placed on the ” red”, and will be subject to specific measures.

It is strongly recommended not to travel to countries/territories when they are classified in the “red” category for health reasons. For all other countries/territories, in particular those classified as “orange” for health reasons, the travel of unvaccinated persons remains possible in the event of compelling reasons, it is advisable to consult the Travel advice for the destination, in order to ensure the conditions of entry and stay in force in that country.

Since February 12, 2022, new rules apply to arrival in France, for more information, please consult the website of the Ministry of the Interior.

  • For vaccinated travelers within the meaning of European regulations, no more tests will be required at the start. Proof of a complete vaccination schedule becomes sufficient to arrive in France, regardless of the country of origin, as was the case before the distribution of the Omicron variant.
  • For unvaccinated travelersthe obligation to present a negative test to travel to France remains, but the measures on arrival (test, isolation) are lifted when they come from countries on the “green” list, characterized by a moderate circulation of the virus .
  • When unvaccinated travelers come from a country on the “orange” list, they must continue to present a compelling reason justifying the need for them to come to mainland France and may still be subject to a random test upon arrival. Travelers who test positive will have to isolate themselves, in accordance with the recommendations of the Health Insurance.

During the stay in France, it is advisable to download the TousAntiCovid application, to continue to scrupulously respect the barrier measures and the distancing measures, to wear the mask and to be vigilant and responsible in the event of symptoms or contamination. https://solidarites-sante.gouv.fr/IMG/pdf/recommandations_covid_19-3.pdf

If you transited through a third country on your return trip to France, but did not leave the international area of ​​the airport, the rules of the country of departure apply.

For foreign visitors, tests in France are chargeable.

International students and researchers, what are the conditions for entering France?

Depending on your country of origin and your vaccination situation, the procedures that apply to come to France are different. We recommend that you get fully vaccinated before your departure to facilitate your welcome and your life in France.

For more information, you can consult the Campus France website. You can also get information from the French consulate or the Espace Campus France in your place of residence.

Can I be asked to fill out forms before boarding for France?

You may be asked for two forms before boarding for France:

  • The eu-PLF concerns travelers arriving on the territory of a Member State of the European Union. The obligation to fulfill it varies from one country to another. It is required for travelers to France;
  • The Eos device concerns travelers coming from a country/territory classified as orange or red.

For French people living abroad

All you need to do is complete the online application form.

Please note that in order to reduce processing times as much as possible, incomplete requests will not be processed. You will need to start your application again.

As soon as your request has been processed and validated, you will receive an email containing a QR Code. This can be printed and presented on paper, or added to the TousAntiCovid application, to prove your vaccination status.

If you have already benefited from a health pass for the second dose through the form, you must resubmit a file to benefit from a new health pass after your booster dose.

For foreigners

For foreign nationals, excluding students, from pharmacies on French territory. They will have to present their passport, and the original vaccination certificate in paper version, in one of the pharmacies offering the service (see the list on the website of the Ministry of Health).

For foreign students

The request is made directly online.

I am of French nationality and I live abroad. Can I return to France?

Any French citizen as well as their spouse and children can return to France subject to compliance with the health rules in force.

For entry on French soil, the measures applied to vaccinated adults extend under the same conditions to minors accompanying them, whether they are vaccinated or not. Children under 12 are exempt from testing.

I am French returning from abroad. Am I affected by health measures (quarantine, fortnight, PCR tests)?

To find out which measures apply to you, refer to the classification of countries, which is defined on the basis of health indicators. The lists of countries are likely to be adapted according to changes in their epidemic situation on the Travel Advice page

If you have transited less than 24 hours through a third country on your return trip to France and you have not left the international zone of the airport, the rules of the country of departure apply.

I am French returning from abroad. Am I affected by the vaccine booster?

Not having yet carried out your vaccination reminder does not prevent you from returning to France.

However, depending on the classification of the country from which you arrive (red, orange or green), for the vaccination schedule to remain recognized as complete in France, people aged 18 or over wishing to enter the national territory must have received a dose of complementary vaccine at the latest 4 months following the injection of the last required dose.

For all information on the vaccine booster, go to the government website.

To find out more about the vaccination schedules accepted in France, consult the website of the Ministry of Health and Solidarity.

Health control at the borders has been lightened since February 12, 2022. For more information, please consult the website of the Ministry of the Interior.

It is strongly recommended not to travel to category 3 countries classified red for health reasons. The list of these countries can be consulted above and on the website of the Ministry of the Interior.

For all other countries, in particular those classified as “orange” for health reasonsit is advisable to consult the Travel advice for the country of destination, in order to ensure the conditions of entry and stay in force in this country.

It should also be checked whether the proposed move is subject to the compelling reasons regime. Verification of the existence of compelling reasons will be carried out in France before departure.

Whatever the destination, it is strongly recommended to register on Ariane to receive information and alerts taking into account the latest developments in the situation in the country and to take out travel insurance, ensuring that it covers the risks. health related to Covid-19.

Given the health situation of the Overseas Territories, the health control procedures for accessing them remain unchanged at this stage.

Travel from and to all overseas territories is subject to the production of compelling reasons, except for persons receiving a complete vaccination schedule, and to test conditions.

To find out more, you can consult: https://www.gouvernement.fr/info-coronavirus/outre-mer

For more details on the health restrictions of each community, please consult the website of the corresponding prefecture:

In addition, you can consult the dedicated page on the government website: https://www.gouvernement.fr/info-coronavirus/outre-mer

In any case, before any trip, please consult the Travel advice.

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