Location: All France
Event: New France entry rule and U.S. moved to “orange” status
1. As of February 1, France changed the rules for entry into France.
Under the new rules, to be considered fully vaccinated for entry purposes, travelers age 18 and above must now have a booster shot, which must be an mRNA vaccine (Moderna or Pfizer) if their second dose (only dose of Johnson & Johnson/Jansen) was more than 9 months before their entry into France. The rules for those under 18 have not changed.Thus, the new rules when someone age 12 and above is considered fully vaccinated are 28 days after receiving one dose of Johnson & Johnson Janssen vaccine, 7 days after receiving a second dose of other vaccines approved by the European Medicines Agency (Pfizer/Comirnaty, Moderna, AstraZeneca/Vaxzevria/Covishield), and, 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 an additional dose of an EMA-approved mRNA vaccine. However, in order to continue to be considered as fully vaccinated, persons aged eighteen or over must have received a dose of an mRNA vaccine no later than 9 months following the injection of the last required dose.
Please note that the above only applies to the rules to enter France. Different rules apply to receiving the vaccine pass. As a reminder, the vaccine pass requires a booster shot for people age 18 and older within seven months (until February 15, when this become four months) after their second shot. Due to this difference, it is possible for a person to be considered fully vaccinated to enter France, but not fully vaccinated to receive the vaccine pass. The vaccine pass (or a health pass for those age 12-15, and a vaccine pass without the need for a booster for those age 16-17) is necessary to enter restaurants, bars, theaters, museums, gyms, sporting events, cultural centers, and certain other locations, as well as for long distance air, train, and bus travel. in its COVID-entry scheme.2. France has reclassified the United States as an “orange” country
For fully vaccinated travelers (including a booster dose if required under the new rule noted above), the rules remains the same: the traveler must show proof they are fully vaccinated, a negative COVID test (PCR or antigen) performed within the 48 hours before departure (departure of the first flight if taking a connecting flight), and a sworn statement that they do not have COVID symptoms or have not had contact with a confirmed COVID-19 case.https://www.interieur.gouv.fr/Actualites/L-actu-du-Ministere/Certificate-of-international-travel. Make sure to use the certificate under the tab for Travel to/from an Orange List Country. In addition, the traveler will need to show a negative COVID test (PCR or antigen) performed within the 48 hours before departure (departure of the first flight is taking a connecting flight), a sworn statement that they do not have COVID symptoms or have not had contact with a confirmed COVID-19 case, a sworn statement that the traveler will take a test upon arrival in France, and a sworn statement that the traveler will self isolate for seven days upon arrival and will take a PCR test at the end of the self-isolation period. Actions to Take:For travelers who are unvaccinated or not fully vaccinated, the rules change slightly: the traveler must provide a compelling reason form the list of compelling found on the attestation form (also called a Travel Certificate or a Certificate of Entry) found at
- Visit CDC’s website for information about international travel during COVID
- Monitor French government websites at the Ministry of Interior, the Ministry of European and Foreign Affairs, and/or the French Embassy in Washington for changes to France’s COVID travel rules.
U.S. citizens may monitor English-language French media at the following:
State Department – Consular Affairs
888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444
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