Health Alert – U. S. Embassy Paris, France (September 10, 2021)

United States Designated as an Orange Country as of September 12

Location: All of France

Event:  The French government has published a notice stating that the United States will be dropped from the “Green” category of nations with respect to COVID-19 travel restrictions at midnight on September 12.  As a result, travelers coming from the United States will now be subject to “Orange” country rules.  Fully vaccinated travelers* will see no change in entry restrictions.  Unvaccinated or partially vaccinated travelers will need a negative COVID test before departure and again upon arrival, self-isolate for seven days upon arrival, and take a PCR test at the end of the self-isolation period.  Additional rules on departing France for the United States also come into effect.

Travelers to France:  

Fully vaccinated travelers* face no restrictions on travel.  Such travelers need to present their proof of vaccination (French government officials accept the CDC card for this purpose) and a sworn statement (normally provided by the airline) certifying the absence of COVID-19 symptoms and of any contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19.
* France considers a traveler to be fully vaccinated two (2) weeks after the second dose of the Pfizer, Moderna, or AstraZeneca vaccines, and four weeks after the single dose of the Johnson&Johnson/Jansen vaccine.  No other vaccines are acceptable.

Unvaccinated and Partially Vaccinated travelers must present a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours before departure to France OR a negative antigen (rapid) test taken within 48 hours before departure to France.

IN ADDITION, unvaccinated and partially vaccinated travelers must

    • Undergo a new antigen test or biological examination upon arrival in France (this is done at the airport; travelers who test positive may be quarantined for 10 days at their own expense);
    • Self-isolate for seven days from arrival in France; and
    • Take an additional PCR test at the end of the self-isolation period.
    • These travelers must also provide a sworn statement (found here: certifying the absence of COVID-19 symptoms and of any contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 and agreeing to the testing and self-isolation requirements.
    • Children under 12 are exempt from the testing rules.

All travelers must still have a valid passport (the U.S. emergency passport is not considered a valid passport to enter France).  Short term U.S. citizen travelers (under 90 days) do not require a visa but could be asked for proof of resources and accommodation.  Travelers planning to settle in France will require a long-stay visa, and travelers already residing in France will require their residence permit.

The U.S. Embassy cannot issue or assist with French visas and residence permits.  The U.S. Embassy also cannot assist with any of the entry requirements to France.  Please contact the nearest French Consulate in the United States for questions and assistance.

Travelers leaving France:

Fully vaccinated travelers have no restrictions on leaving France for the United States or other Orange list country.

Unvaccinated and Partially Vaccinated travelers must provide a compelling reason for their travel.  U.S. citizens and residents returning to the United States is a qualifying reason; foreign nationals, including U.S. citizens, will not be denied permission to leave.  The full list of qualifying reasons and required documentation can be found on the required attestation form that must be completed before travel, and which is found here:

French Health Pass:

The French Health pass requirements remain in effect for entrance to many locations in France, including museums, monuments, dining establishments, entertainment establishments, long distance transportation and some large shopping centers.  Fully vaccinated travelers are urged to request the pass at least two weeks before their travel via  Travelers who have not received the pass may obtain a temporary, 72-hour pass with a negative COVID test, available at most pharmacies in France and other testing centers.  The U.S. Embassy cannot assist travelers with these requirements.

Actions to Take:

  • Consult a medical professional if you have been in direct contact with an infected person within the past three weeks and have symptoms.
  • Visit CDC’s website for information about COVID-19 and international travel.
  • Visit the French Ministry of Interior and French Foreign Ministry websites for the latest French entry rules and travel information.


U.S. Embassy Paris, France  
+33 (1) 43 12 22 22

U.S. Consulate General Marseille, France 
+33 (1) 43 12 22 22

U.S. Consulate General Strasbourg, France
+33 (1) 43 12 22 22 

State Department – Consular Affairs
888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444

France Country Specific Information

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