COVID-19 Information

The Department of State has issued COVID-19 Traveler Information and advises all U.S. citizens to read the country-specific Travel Advisories and U.S. Embassy COVID pages for updates on the impact of COVID-19 worldwide.

 

COVID-19 Information

Last updated:  08/02/2022

*** Effective Sunday, June 12 at 12:01 a.m. EDT, the CDC rescinded its Order requiring all airline or other aircraft passengers to show a negative COVID-19 test result or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 to board any aircraft destined to the United States from a foreign country. Of note, CDC’s Order requiring proof of vaccination for non-U.S. citizen nonimmigrants to travel to the United States is still in effect. For more information see Requirement for Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination for Air Passengers.  Check the CDC website for additional information and Frequently Asked Questions.

 

Country-Specific Information

France is now under a Level 2 Travel Advisory – Exercise Increased Caution.

  • France has confirmed cases of COVID-19 throughout the country.
  • The CDC travel notice for France for COVID-19 is Level 3: High Level of COVID-19.
  • If you have recently tested positive for COVID-19 in France or must travel to France imminently, please refer to this page for more information. 
  • COVID-19 Traveler Information (state.gov)
  • Non-U.S. citizen, Non-U.S. immigrants: Air Travel to the United States | CDC:
  • Travelers who are not U.S. citizens, lawful permanent residents, or traveling on an immigrant visa require two doses of an approved vaccine (one dose if it was the single-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine), even if the traveler has recovered from COVID. Unlike France and some other European nations, the United States does NOT consider a traveler fully vaccinated with only one dose if they previously recovered from COVID; all travelers must have two doses, even if they have previously recovered from COVID.
  • In addition, there is NO EXCEPTION for the non-citizen spouses or minor children of a U.S. citizen, nor for the non-citizen parents of a U.S. citizen minor child.
  • As of August 1, 2022, French 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.

COVID-19 Testing

  • Are PCR and/or antigen tests available for U.S. citizens in France? Yes.
  • If so, are test results reliably available by the following calendar day? Yes.
  • Antigen test results are available within 24 hours, normally in less than one hour. PCR test results may take up to 48 hours.
  • Numerous pharmacies offer rapid antigen tests on a walk-in basis. To locate pharmacies open after-hours, weekends, or holidays in Paris and outskirts visit https://monpharmacien-idf.fr/. To find late-night or emergency pharmacies anywhere in France, call 112 (European emergency number, available free of charge, 24/7).
  • PCR testing is available at many laboratories and testing centers, usually by appointment — including the testing centers at Paris’ airports.
  • Antigen tests cost 20 Euros, payable in advance. PCR tests cost 43.89 Euros.  Private testing centers, including pharmacies, may charge more. COVID test results can be obtained on paper, or via email or SMS message.
  • Be aware that many testing centers and pharmacies performing COVID tests are closed on Sundays. Testing centers or pharmacies at airports and major train stations may be open on Sunday, depending on your location in France. In Paris, tests are available at most airport pharmacies at Charles de Gaulle and Orly airports, as well as at major train stations.

COVID-19 Vaccine Information

  • Has the government of France approved a COVID-19 vaccine for use? Yes. 
  • Are vaccines available in France for U.S. citizens to receive? Yes. Non-French citizens who are living in France, including those who are not registered in the French health care system but who are currently eligible to receive the vaccine (see below), can be vaccinated at a vaccination center but may be charged for the vaccine. You can download a letter stating your eligibility as a U.S. citizen (if you are otherwise qualified) here
  • Which vaccines are available in France? Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, AstraZeneca, and Johnson & Johnson.
    • Under France’s COVID-19 vaccination program, vaccines are being offered to everyone age 5 and over. Additional information is available on the sante.fr website. Booster (third) doses of vaccine are being offered to all people aged 18 and over.
    • Booster (third) doses are available for everyone age 18 and above beginning three (3) months after their second dose.
    • People eligible for a COVID vaccine, either initial doses or a booster, may register for a vaccine appointment several ways: online at sante.fr; via the Doctolib, Maiia, and KelDoc apps; by phone at 0800 009 110; or with their doctor.
    • Visit the FDA’s website to learn more about FDA-approved vaccines in the United States.
    • The U.S. government does not plan to provide COVID-19 vaccinations to private U.S. citizens overseas. Please follow host country developments and guidelines for COVID-19 vaccination.

 Entry and Exit Requirements

  • Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? Yes.
    • As of August 1, 2022, France no longer has COVID entry requirements for any travelers.  There are NO testing or vaccine requirements.
    • France reserves the right to reimpose COVID requirements should the heath situation require them in the future.
    • Travelers must still meet non-COVID requirements to travel to France. For more information regarding entry into France, we refer you to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website (English version).
  • Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry? No.
  • Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry? No.
    • Travelers who entered France on the 90-day Schengen visa waiver cannot obtain an extension on their stay due to COVID.
    • People in France with a valid residence permit may face long delays in renewing their permit. Such travelers should carry a copy of their receipt showing they submitted the extension or renewal request in a timely manner, or if no receipt is available, other evidence that they submitted their request. Travel difficulties due to COVID are not a sufficient reason to obtain an extension, as travel has been and remains available to the United States from France.

Movement Restrictions

  • Is a curfew in place? No.
  • Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? No.
  • Vaccine Pass/Health Pass (Pass Vaccinal/Sanitaire): France eliminated the vaccine pass and health pass as of August 1, 2022.

 Quarantine Information

  • Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine? No. 

Transportation Options

  • Are commercial flights operating? Yes. 
  • Is public transportation operating? Yes. 
  • Face coverings are no longer required but highly recommended on public transportation, and some medical facilities still require them. Businesses and commercial establishments may require masks be worn. The U.S. Embassy requires masks be worn at all times while in the Consular waiting room for everyone age 6 and older.

 Fines for Non-Compliance

  • Mask and other COVID-related requirements have been eliminated.

 Consular Operations

  • American Citizen Services: The U.S. Embassy in Paris and the Consulates General in Marseille and Strasbourg have resumed regular services other than Federal Benefits, which are limited and available only by email.  Services may be limited due to COVID-mitigation measures; significant backlogs exist for some services. United States citizens should see the corresponding pages on this website to make appointments for these services.
  • Visa Services: All immigrant visa categories are being processed. Non-immigrant visa services have resumed, but with extremely high demand and limited capacity, resulting in significant backlogs. New appointment slots are added regularly; please monitor the appointment system website. For more information, or to schedule a visa appointment, please see: https://fr.usembassy.gov/visas.
  • People with an active case of COVID, whether symptomatic or not, may not enter the Consular waiting room and will be required to reschedule their appointment.
  • Masks are still required in the Consular waiting room for everyone age 6 and older.

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