Which countries are on France’s Covid travel green list right now?

We recap the travel rules in place for leaving and re-entering France, including the differences for people who are or are not fully vaccinated

9 September 2021

There are very few travel requirements for people leaving or entering France if they are fully vaccinated against Covid Pic: dodotone / Shutterstock

Covid travel rules remain in place in France, which is using a red-amber-green system to classify countries, but these colour-coded rules do not apply to fully vaccinated people.

Travel from France to any country if you are fully vaccinated

If you are fully vaccinated against Covid, you can leave France to travel to any country – red, amber or green – without any restrictions, and also re-enter France from any country without any restrictions. 

You only have to present proof of your Covid vaccination status and a signed certificate attesting not to have any Covid symptoms or having been in contact with someone with Covid. 

Find all relevant documents at this link.

Travel rules in the destination country may differ depending on the country. Travellers from France should check before departing what the rules are. 

The Connexion is aware of at least one fully vaccinated person who, when flying from the UK to France, was asked by travel authorities for proof of a negative Covid test. However this is not required under French rules, and it is likely the member of staff was confused about the requirements. 

What countries are on France’s green list?

All EU countries, Andorra, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway, San Marino, Switzerland, Ukraine, the Vatican, Australia, Bahrain, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Hong Kong, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Lebanon, New Zealand, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Taiwan, Comoros, South Korea, the US, Uruguay and Vanuatu.

Travel from France to a green country if not vaccinated

Leaving France to a green country:

There are no restrictions on leaving France to travel to a green country if you are unvaccinated.

Re-entering France from a green country:

You must present to the transport company and to the border control authorities either:

  • A Covid test showing you were positive and taken between 11 days and six months prior 
  • A negative PCR or antigen test dated less than 72 hours before departure (departure of the first flight in case of a connecting journey). This is for everyone 12 years old and over.

Some countries in the EU have been placed under extra surveillance. For unvaccinated travellers arriving from Cyprus, Greece, Malta, the Netherlands, Portugal and Spain, a negative PCR or antigen test less than 24 hours old is required.

Travel from France to an amber country if not vaccinated

Leaving France to an amber country:

You must have an essential reason for travelling from France to an amber country. These reasons are usually linked to having the right to live and/or work in that country. 

A certificate with the essential reasons listed on it can be found at this link here.

Re-entering France from an amber country:

You must have an essential reason to re-enter France, which is mainly linked to having the right to live and/or work there. 

You must present the transport company and the border control authorities with a negative PCR test dated less than 72 hours before departure or a negative antigen test dated less than 48 hours before departure. This is for everyone 12 years old and over.

If you are coming from the UK and are not vaccinated, you must present a PCR or antigen test less than 24 hours old.

You must also have a signed certificate attesting to: 

  • Not having any Covid symptoms or having been in contact with someone with Covid 
  • Agreeing to be tested for Covid on arrival in France – tests are carried out randomly
  • Agreeing to self-isolate for seven days on arrival and taking a PCR test at the end of the quarantine period

Travel from France to a red country if not vaccinated

Leaving France to a red country:

You must have an essential reason for travelling from France to a red country. These reasons are usually linked to having the right to live and/or work in that country. 

A certificate with the essential reasons listed on it can be found at this link here.

Re-entering France from a red country:

You must have an essential reason to re-enter France, which is mainly linked to having the right to live and/or work there. 

You must present the transport company and the border control authorities with a negative PCR or antigen test dated less than 48 hours before departure (departure of the first flight in the case of connecting travel). This is for everyone 12 years old and over. 

You will be required to self-isolate on arrival in France for a period of 10 days, with a small window each day to leave the house for exercise or necessary purchases. 

You must also have a signed certificate attesting to:

  • Not having any Covid symptoms or having been in contact with someone with Covid. 
  • Agreeing to be tested for Covid on arrival in France - tests are carried out randomly. 
  • Agreeing to self-isolate for 10 days upon arrival in France

You must also provide proof of an address of where you will be staying in France. Random police checks will be carried out. 

Countries on France’s red list

Afghanistan, Algeria, Argentina, Bangladesh, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Democratic Republic of Congo, Georgia, Indonesia, Iran, Maldives, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Nepal, Oman, Pakistan, Russia, Seychelles, South Africa, Suriname, Tunisia, Turkey.

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Covid-19: Rules for travel to and from France

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