The French administration has declared ending some of the previously necessary entry requirements for all the fully-vaccinated travelers.

Despite asking travelers for a negative Covid-19 test during the spread of the variant Omicron, France will only ask for a vaccine certificate upon entry into the country. This change was made on February 12th.

In case the travelers entering France aren’t able to provide a Covid-19 vaccination certificate, they will be required to show:

  • A Covid-19 recovery certificate – issued 11 days to 6 months prior to arrival
  • A medical certificate with a reason for not receiving a Covid-19 vaccine

While the number of detected cases is still quite high, with about 60,000 infected individuals each day, the percentage is death is quite low – less than 0.4%.

Jean Castex, the French Prime Minister, stated that this decision was taken given the improved situation of the pandemic around the world. Also, the majority of cases being Omicron variant ones and high levels of vaccinations helped to take this decision.

All travelers above 12 years of age will be able to enter France showing a vaccine certificate. On the other hand, unvaccinated travelers above 12 years of age and coming from a nation on the orange list will not be able to travel to France, except if they have a legitimate explanation, including:

  • If they are French nationals
  • EU nationals with permanent residence in France
  • EU nationals transiting through France to return home
  • Foreign nationals with a French or European long-stay visa or residence permit
  • Foreign nationals covered by the refugee status
  • Students joining an education establishment in France
  • Foreign nationals traveling for consular or diplomatic reasons
  • Business trips that can’t be rescheduled – an employer certification will be required
  • Elite athletes transiting or traveling for a competition – approval must be approved by the French sports ministry

For travelers willing to enter France, they will need to have received their last dose of one of the accepted vaccination schedules by the EMA, the European Medicines Agency. These vaccines are Moderna, Pfizer, AstraZeneca, and Johnson & Johnson.

At this moment in time, a booster dose is needed to enter the French territory and it also may be required to enter restaurants, bars, cafés, and other venues. Outdoors, wearing a mask is not needed as of February 2nd.

Apart from that, the entry requirements were previously introduced based on the country of arrival. However, these lists will not be taken into consideration anymore for all vaccinated travelers. For unvaccinated individuals, the green and orange lists are still in place and they are required to present a negative Covid test that was taken at most 48 hours before departing and quarantine.

While these rules were recently introduced, the French government has announced modifying or even scrapping them in mid-March.

It’s worth noting that wearing a face mask is required when participating in many indoor venues across the country.

Apart from that, a Covid certificate for children aged 12 to 15 years old, and a vaccination pass for everyone aged 16 and more are required to:

  • Taking ski lifts,
  • Checking in and staying at tourist accommodations such as hotels or campsites
  • Long-distance journeys when taking public transportation such as flights and high-speed trains
  • Entering cultural and entertainment venues such as amusement parks, festivals, gyms, libraries, theaters, and cinemas
  • Eating and drinking in restaurants, bars, and cafés
  • Entering and participating in shows and trade fairs, professional business seminars when those have more than fifty (50) participants.

Last but not least, the maximum time permitted between the second and third Covid-19 vaccination jab, initially set to 7 months, has been reduced to 4 months. Since the French Health Pass has changed on February 15th, over 4 million individuals’ QR codes were deactivated and, therefore, not allowing them to take part in any of the activities above listed for at least a week.

The French administration reported that about 9 million people residing on the French territory didn’t receive their booster dose. That being said, since a booster shot is needed to get a Health Pass, even for tourists. And without it, you wouldn’t be able to do much, like taking the train, entering famous landmarks, and even dining in at restaurants.

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