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Similar to other European Union/Schengen Area countries, France has also decided to relax its entry rules and permit entry to all travellers.
France currently categorises all world countries into two different categories – the green and the orange category. Thus, different rules apply to travellers, depending on the country they are travelling from, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports.
According to the data provided by the Ministry of Interior of France, the green list currently consists of all EU/EEA countries.
In addition, the green list includes all of the following countries too:
Americas: Argentina, Bahamas, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Honduras, Jamaica, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Venezuela, United States.
African countries: Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Chad, Comoros, Congo, Côte d’Ivoire, Djibouti, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Eswatini, Ethiopia, Gabon, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritania, Mauritius, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Seychelles, Senegal, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania Togo, Tunisia, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe.
Asian countries: Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, East Timor, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Laos, Myanmar, Nepal, Oman, Pakistan, Philippines, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, United Arab Emirates, Vietnam.
Oceania: Fiji, New Zealand, Samoa, Vanuatu.
Travellers who reach France from one of the green-listed countries are exempt from additional rules, such as testing and isolation requirements. The Ministry explains that travellers from ‘safe areas’ are permitted restriction-free entry to France as long as they present a valid vaccination certificate.
“For travellers vaccinated within the meaning of European regulations, no more tests are required on departure. 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,” the statement of the Ministry reads.
A vaccination certificate is considered valid when entering France if the document proves that the holder has completed primary vaccination within the last nine months or has received a booster shot.
Apart from vaccinated travellers, the Ministry explains that unvaccinated travellers from green-listed countries can also enter France for travel purposes.
Unvaccinated persons reaching France from a green country can either present a valid recovery certificate or a negative test result that has been taken recently to be allowed restriction-free entry.
In order for a recovery certificate to be recognised, the document should prove that the holder has recovered from the virus within the last six months. As for the negative COVID-19 test, France accepts both PCR and rapid antigen tests as valid proof for entry. The PCR test must be taken within 72 hours, and the rapid antigen test must be taken within 48 hours before arrival
The above-mentioned rules apply to all persons over the age of 12.
All the other countries that are not part of France’s green list are currently categorised as orange areas.
Differently from arrivals from green countries, the Ministry reveals that those travelling from an orange country need to follow additional measures.
Travellers who have completed primary vaccination as well as those who have received an additional vaccine dose need to present their certificate upon arrival and provide a sworn statement attesting the absence of COVID-19 symptoms.
As for unvaccinated persons travelling from an orange country, the authorities have noted that they need to show a recovery certificate or a negative COVID-19 test result upon arrival. In addition, they are required to complete the sworn statement too.
It has been highlighted that unvaccinated travellers may be subject to health control checks upon their entry.
“You may be screened upon arrival. If this screening is positive, you will have to self-isolate, in accordance with the recommendations of the health insurance,” the authorities stated.
France has just recently eased its domestic COVID-19 restrictions. Travellers, as well as citizens of the country, are no longer required to present proof of vaccination when accessing bars, restaurants, stadiums, theatres, and other large events.
Additionally, the obligation to wear a face mask has been removed too.
Strict domestic measures now only apply when accessing healthcare institutions, retirement homes, and other similar establishments.
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