Checklist: When do I pay for France Covid test and when is it free?

Use our quick-look chart to check whether you can get a Covid test for free in France 

17 November 2021

Covid infection rates are on the rise across France, leading some French epidemiologists to call for the reintroduction of free tests for all. France saw an average of 10,000 new cases each day last week, with the positivity rate of Covid tests rising to 3.4%. 

Covid tests in France became payable in certain circumstances on October 15. Tourists have had to pay for tests since early July of this year unless they are medically exempt.

The checklist below outlines the main conditions that mean tests are either payable or free. For free tests, you may have to pay upfront and be reimbursed later.

Checklist for when a Covid test in France is payable and when it is free

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More on Covid tests and the health pass in France: 

How do I get a Covid-19 test in France to return to the UK?

How will UK over-65s prove Covid booster for French health pass?

France health pass: Rules for residents and tourists

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