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:  04/20/2022   

***EffectiveDecember 6, 2021, all airline passengers to the United States aged two years and older, regardless of vaccination status or citizenship,must provide a negative COVID-19 viral test taken withinonecalendar dayof travel.Alternatively, travelers to the United Statesmay provide documentation from a licensed health care provider of having recovered from COVID-19 in the 90 days preceding travel.Check theCDC websitefor additional information andFrequently Asked Questions. 

Country-Specific Information    

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

  • Francehas confirmed cases of COVID-19 throughout thecountry.
  • 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.    
  • Detailed information about theNovember 8 U.S.entry changes, including accepted vaccinations, testing requirements, and other critical information, is availableat thefollowing links:    
  • Find out if you can board a flight to theUnited States | CDC   
  • WhiteHouseStatement inFrenchandEnglish   
  • COVID-19 Traveler Information (state.gov) 
  • Non-U.S. citizen,Non-U.S.immigrants: Air Travel to theUnited States | CDC    
  • Under the new rules, 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.These travelers must meet the same rules as any other non-U.S. citizen, including two doses of an approved vaccine,with the exception ofthe single dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine, which only requires one dose.    
  • Thenew U.S. travel rules requiretwo doses of an approved vaccine(onedoseif it was thesingle-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine),even if thetraveler has recovered from COVID.UnlikeFranceand someotherEuropean nations, theUnited States does NOT consider a traveler fully vaccinated with only onedoseif they previously recovered from COVID; all travelers must havetwo doses,even if they havepreviously recovered from COVID.    
  • On February 12, France’s entry rules changed. Fully vaccinatedtravelers coming fromanygreen or orangenation, includingthe United States(as well asminor children under12)no longer require a COVID test to enter France, and mayenterwith proof ofvaccination (the CDC card is sufficient for entry) anda sworn statement they do not have symptoms of COVID-19 nor contact with someone with a confirmed case of COVID-19. As ofFebruary 1, French authoritiesrequirea travelerage18and over to have receiveda booster dose of an mRNA vaccine no later than 9 months after the second dose (the single dose for the Johnson & Johnson vaccine)to be considered“fully vaccinated”for entry into France.  Note: People who received their booster more than nine months after their second dose may still enter, so long as one week has passed after they received their booster shot.
  • On March 13, France reclassified the United States as a green nation, and so unvaccinatedand not fully vaccinated travelers departing from the United States no longer need to show a compelling reason for travel, but must have a negative COVID test performed within 72 hours before departure (if a PCR test) or 48 hours before departure (if an antigen test). Travelers who recovered from COVID more than 11 days but less than six months before boarding may be able to enter without a negative test by showing the original positive test result.  However, it is not clear if this positive test result needs to include an EU-compatible QR code, as has been required in some circumstances in the past. Please see Entry and Exit Requirements below for more information.
  • Different entry rules apply toFrench overseas territories. Please seetheFrench Ministry of Interior websitefor more details. 
  • HEALTH PASS / VACCINE PASS: As of March 14, proof of vaccination is no longer required to enter venues in France, with the exception of hospitals and nursing homes. This change does not affect vaccine requirements regarding travel to France.   

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, often 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 visithttps://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 availableat manylaboratories and testing centers, usually by appointment — including the testing centers atParis’ airports.   
    • Antigen tests cost 25 Euros, payable in advance.PCR tests cost 43.89 Euros. As of October 15, free COVID testsat public testing centersfor French residentsare no longer available, with an exception for fully vaccinated residents or residents with a prescription.Private testing centers, including pharmacies, may charge. COVID test results can be obtained on paper, or via email or SMS message.    
    • Allair travelers to the United States age 2 and older, regardless of their vaccination status,need a negative COVID test taken within the day before travel. This includes U.S. citizens. This can be either the PCR or antigen test. While antigen test results are reliably available within 24 hours, PCR tests may take more than 24 hours. Alternatively, travelers to the U.S. may provide documentation from a licensed health care provider of having recovered from COVID-19 in the 90 days preceding travel.Check theCDCwebsitefor additional information and Frequently Asked Questions.    
    • 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 andOrlyairports, as well as at major train stations.    
    • Waivers to thetesting and vaccination requirements may begranted by theCDC on anextremely limited basis. Pleasego herefor more information.   

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 areliving in France, including thosewho arenot registered intheFrench health caresystem but who are currently eligible to receive the vaccine(seebelow), can bevaccinated at a vaccination center but may be charged for thevaccine. You can download a letter stating youreligibility as a U.S. citizen (if you areotherwisequalified)here. .    
  • Which vaccines are available in France? Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, AstraZeneca, and Johnson & Johnson.    
    • Under France’s COVID-19 vaccination program, vaccines arebeing offered toeveryoneage5and over. Additional information is availableon thesante.frwebsite.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.    
    • Peopleeligiblefor a COVID vaccine,either initial doses or a booster, may register for a vaccineappointment several ways: onlineatsante.fr;via theDoctolib,Maiia,andKelDocapps; by phoneat 0800 009 110; or withtheirdoctor.    
    • Visit theFDA’s websitetolearn moreabout FDA-approved vaccinesin theUnited 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.    
    • Francehas restricted travel to and from countries outsidethe“European Area”(EU members along with Andorra, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway, San Marino, Switzerland, and theVatican).    
    • Certain travelers may now be admitted to France, depending on conditions in the country of origin of their trip and the traveler’s vaccination status. All countries are color-coded, either green, red, orange, or scarlet. A country’s status and particular requirements to enter France are subject to change with little notice. Please see theFrench Ministry of Foreign Affairs websitefor themost recent information.    
    • Franceoftenannounces or changesspecific restrictionson travel between theUnited Kingdom and France.Please carefully consult theEmbassy of France in the UK websitebefore planning any travelbetween France and the UK.Airline transit through the UK on a France-bound flight from the U.S.isstill be permitted.   
    • Green countries (currentlyEuropeanAreacountriesalongwith the United States, Angola, Argentina, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belize, Benin, Bolivia, Botswana, Bhutan, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Brazil, Cambodia, Cameroon, Canada, Cape Verde, Chad, Colombia, Comoros, Congo, Cote d’Ivoire, Cuba, Democratic Republic of Congo, Djibouti, Dominican Republic, East Timor, Ecuador, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Eswantini, Fiji, Gabon, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea Bissau,Honduras,Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Jamaica, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kuwait, Laos, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritania, Mauritius, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar (Burma), Namibia, Nepal, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Niger, Oman, Pakistan, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, the Philippines, Qatar,Rwanda, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Samoa, Saudi Arabia,Senegal, Seychelles, South Africa, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Sudan, South Sudan, Taiwan, Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda, United Arab Emirates, Vanuatu, Venezuela, Vietnam, Zambia, and Zimbabwe).Fully vaccinated travelerscoming from these countries can enter with proof offullvaccination.  Travelerswho arenot fully vaccinatedrequire a negative PCR or antigen test performed within the72 hours (PCR test) or48 hours(antigen test)before entering France.A certificate of recovery/positive COVID testdated more than 11 days after COVID was contracted but less than six months agomight be acceptedfor entry purposes,but it is not clear if this includes certificates without an EU-compatible QR code, such as those issued in the United States.  This includes land and sea travelers as well as air travelers. There is no quarantine requirement.   Different rules apply to French overseas territories, and travelers will need to check the internet sites of the prefecture or HighCommissioner (Haute commissariat) of the destination. 
    • Redcountries (currentlyno countries are listed as red):Fully vaccinated travelersneed proof of vaccinationand a negativeCOVID test performed with the48 hours prior to departurefor France; no quarantineis necessary.Unvaccinated or partially vaccinatedtravelersare restricted to certain categories of travelers who must show a compelling reason for travel. These travelers must present a negative COVID test (PCR or antigen) performed within the 48 hours beforedeparture, be tested again upon arrival, andmust quarantine for ten days after arrival (this quarantine will be enforced by police checks at the quarantine location) at a location the traveler must identify to French authorities.Depending on your country of origin, you may be subject toadditionalscreening upon arrival. To facilitate administrative procedures, you are asked to fill out the form available at the following address:https://passager.serveureos.org.Additional restrictions may beimposed.    
    • Orange countries (all other countries).Fully vaccinated travelersmust present proof of vaccination. Franceaccepts theCDC cardas sufficient proof of vaccination for entry.Unvaccinated or partially vaccinatedtravelersmustprovide acompelling reason for travel (seeCompellingReasons, below),a negative COVID test (PCRperformed within 72 hoursor antigenperformedwithin 48 hours prior to departure).Travelers maybe tested again uponarrival, andwill be required toself-isolatefor 7 or 10 daysif positive.    
    • Scarletcountries:There are currently no countries on the scarlet list.All travelers, whether vaccinated or notmust have a compelling reason from the list ofcompellingreasons on the appropriate attestation form, a negative PCR test performed within the 48 hours before departure or a negative antigen test performed within the 24 hours before departure,complete the form athttps://passager.serveureos.organd be screened upon arrival,quarantine or isolate for 10 days upon arrival in France with set limits on the time you can leave the isolation area (the quarantine requirement does not apply to passengerswho remain in the transit zoneof the airport), be tested upon arrival in France, provide proof of address of the suitable space where you willquarantine and allow French authorities to verify your compliance with the quarantine order.Travel to scarlet countries is also subject to tight restrictions.   
    • Children:Thetesting requirementsdo not apply totravelersunder age12and these travelers do not need to havea COVID test.    
    • “Fully vaccinated”: Currently only the Pfizer,Moderna, AstraZeneca, and Johnson & Johnson vaccines are accepted for entry into France.Travelers who have received all required doses of a WHO-licensed vaccine not approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) require an additional single dose of an EMA-approved mRNA vaccine (currently Pfizer or Moderna). Travelers must also be fully vaccinated, which occurs28 days after receiving one dose of Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) vaccine; 7 days after receiving a second dose of othervaccinesapproved by the European Medicines Agency (Pfizer/Comirnaty, Moderna, AstraZeneca/Vaxzevria/Covishield); or, for persons who have received all the required doses of a WHO-licensed vaccine not approved by the European Medicines Agency, 7 days after receiving the additional dose of anEMA-approvedmRNA vaccine.  As of February 1, French authorities require a traveler age 18 and over to receive a booster dose of an mRNA vaccine if it has been 9 months or more since the second dose (the single dose for the Johnson & Johnson vaccine) to be considered fully vaccinated for entry into France.  Travelers who received the booster more than 9 months after their second dose may still enter France, so long as one week has passedsince they received the booster dose.     
    • Compelling Reasons and Essential Travelers: Thelist of compelling reasons andessential travelers can befound at thewebsiteof theFrenchMinistry of Foreign Affairs. It is located on theattestation pagefor travelersentering France. Notethat different rules may apply depending on thecountry of origin of travel; pleaseensureyou select thecorrect travel attestation.Travelers subject to this requirementattempting toenter without a compelling reason may bedeniedentry and detained in an immigration detention center until they can bereturned to their point of departure.    
    • In rare cases, the French government will consider allowing travel for otherwise unqualified travelers in humanitarian situations and in cases of business activity important to the Frencheconomy, andhave announced a program to allow unmarried couples to reunite. Persons may inquire about such allowances with the French Embassy in Washington, DC (visas@consulfrance-washington.org).   
    • TheUnited StatesEmbassy has no standing to interveneor advocatefor theprivatetravel of United States citizens to France. Pleasecontact your nearestFrenchEmbassy or French Consulateor refer toFranceVisas. If you arealready in France, pleasecontact your nearest Prefectureor refer toPrefecturedePolice.    
    • Anyoneentering Franceor transiting through Francemust havean attestation,availablehere. You do not need anendorsement from theEmbassy for this attestation.    
    • Transit passengers through Charles DeGaulleAirport arebeing allowed under certain conditions. Transiting passengers may not leavetheinternational zoneand will not beadmitted to Franceunless otherwisequalified toenter France. Luggagemust bechecked through to yourfinal destination. You will not bepermitted to leavetheinternational zoneto collect and recheck baggage. Theduration of transit must beless than 24 hours. For moreinformation regardingentry into France, werefer you to theMinistry of Foreign Affairs.    
    • French Residents Traveling Outside France: On June 9, France dropped the compelling reason requirement for fully vaccinated travelers fromFrance traveling to orange countries. Unvaccinated or partially vaccinated travelers will still need to show a compelling reason for travel to orange or red countries, as do all travelers to scarlet countries. No compelling reason is needed for travelers traveling to a green country regardless of vaccination status.    
  • Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry? Yes.    
    • Passengers who are not fully vaccinatedmust present results of a negative COVID test. The type of test and the time frame for the test vary depending on the color classification of the country and the vaccination status of the traveler. Please see the information above under Entry and Exit requirements.    
    • Pleasenotethis testing requirement applies only to travelers who areotherwiseallowed to travel to France. For moreinformation regardingentry into France, werefer you to theMinistry of Foreign Affairs website(English version).    
  • Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry? Yes.    
    • Franceis performing temperaturechecksand COVID testing for certain passengers.    
    • ThereareCovid-19 testing centers at Paris-Charles deGaulleairport and Paris-Orly airport. Departing passengers wishing to get a test at theairport must makean appointment online(doctolib.fr).According toParisAéroport,results for the PCR test are available within 48 hours andgenerallywithin 1 to 2 hours for an antigen test.There are also pharmacies locatedinthe departures areanear the check-in countersinTerminal 2E and terminal 2F atParis-Charles de Gaulle that can perform the antigen test.   
    • Travelers whoentered Franceon the90-day Schengen visa waiver cannot obtain anextension on their stay dueto COVID.    
    • Peoplein Francewith a valid residencepermit may facelong delays in renewing their permit. Such travelers should carry a copy of their receipt showing they submitted theextension or renewal request in a timely manner, or if no receipt is available, otherevidencethat they submitted their request. Travel difficulties dueto COVID arenot a sufficient reason to obtain anextension, as travel has been and remains availableto theUnited States from France.   

Movement Restrictions    

  • Is a curfew in place? No. 
  • Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? No.   
    • Francehas imposed movement or travel controls on several of its overseas territories and departments. For moreinformation, seetheMinistry of Interior website.    
    • Vaccine Pass/Health Pass (Pass Vaccinal/Sanitaire): France suspended the vaccine pass requirement on March 14. Hospitals and nursing homes still require a vaccine pass to enter, except in emergencies.  The health pass rule applies to people age twelve and over, and they must be fully vaccinated (two shots except for the Johnson & Johnson/Jansen vaccine), and, if more than four (4) months have passed from the second vaccine dose, a booster dose of an mRNA vaccine (Pfizer or Moderna) is required for those age 18 and older.  A negative COVID PCR or antigen test performed in France provides a temporary 24-hour health pass. Rapid antigen tests are available on a walk-in basis at many local pharmacies, with results in under 30 minutes.These results include a QR code that serves as the temporary pass.Once the pass expires, a new test can be taken to obtain a new temporary pass.   
    • Travelers fully vaccinated within theEuropean Union, Andorra, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway, Switzerland,England, or Wales must use the pass issued by their country of vaccination.   
    • This is strictly a French government procedure. Despite what some pharmacies have told travelers, the U.S. Embassy has no access to the French system, nor can we assist in this process.   

 Quarantine Information    

  • Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine? Yes.    
    • Quarantinerequirements vary depending on thecountry wheretravel originated and thevaccination status of thetraveler. PleaseseeEntry andExit requirements abovefor moreinformation.    
    • There is no current quarantine requirement forfully vaccinated travelers (and accompanying minors under age 12). Quarantineor self-isolationmay be required for unvaccinated travelers under certain circumstances. Please see Entry and Exit requirements for more information.      
    • Unvaccinated travelers arriving from red countriesand all travelers arriving from scarlet countriesfacea heightened, 10-day quarantinethat may beenforced by policeor other government authorities. Seeinformation attheFrench Ministry of Interior website.    

Transportation Options    

  • Are commercial flights operating? Yes.    
  • Is public transportation operating? Yes.    
    • Face coverings are required for everyone age 6 and older on all public transportation and in medical facilities. 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    

  • Non-compliance with the mask requirements can lead to a fine of 135 Euros (approximately $160) for a first offense. Repeat offenders can be fined up to 1,500 Euros (about $1,735).   

 Consular Operations    

  • American Citizen Services: TheU.S.Embassy in Paris and theConsulates General in Marseilleand Strasbourg haveresumed regular services other than Federal Benefits, which arelimited and availableonly byemail. Services may belimited dueto COVID-mitigation measures;significantbacklogs exist for someservices. United States citizens should seethecorresponding pagesonthis websiteto makeappointments for theseservices. 
  • 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.   
  • Due to COVID-19,visa applicantsmust comply withany applicableFrenchgovernment travel-relatedquarantinerequirementprior to their interview orwill not be admittedtothe Embassy and will be required to reschedule their appointment.   
  • Masks are still required, even after March 14, in the Consular waiting room for everyone age 6 and older. 

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