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UK is moved to France’s green list for travel

This will ease rules for unvaccinated people and means no more sworn statements for vaccinated people

The UK has been moved to France’s green list for travel Pic: Halfpoint / Shutterstock

The UK has been moved to France’s green list for travel, meaning that travellers coming from the country are now only subject to minimal restrictions. 

Fully vaccinated travellers need only present proof of vaccination to the travel operator, and no longer need to fill in a sworn statement confirming that they are not experiencing Covid symptoms. 

Unvaccinated people over the age of 12 must present the negative result of a PCR test taken in the 72 hours before or an antigen test taken in the 48 hours before their journey to France begins. 

Alternatively, they can also show a certificate of recovery dating from between 11 days and six months prior. If you have had Covid and registered your test result in the UK, you will be able to find a QR code in the NHS app which can act as your certificate.

Once they arrive in France, all travellers may continue with their onward journey without having to undergo any tests or self-isolation measures. 

Children under 12 years of age do not have to take a pre-departure test.

Green-list countries and territories are described as being destinations where there is a “negligible or moderate virus circulation, with no emerging variants of concern.” 

How does this differ from an orange country?

An orange-list country, meanwhile, has “an active circulation of the virus,” although “with no emerging variant of concern.” 

The UK had previously been on the orange list before the latest interior ministry update today (March 31), meaning that vaccinated people also had to show the travel operator a sworn statement confirming the absence of Covid symptoms.

Unvaccinated people coming from the UK were required to present an essential reason for travel to France, take a pre-departure test and also present the sworn statement.

They could not show a certificate of recovery instead of a test result, and may have been subject to random testing on arrival in France.

Which countries are on France’s green list? 

Most of the world is now on France’s green list for travel. 

The countries and territories included are: EU member states as well as Andorra, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway, San Marino, Switzerland and the Vatican. 

They join: Albania, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Saudi Arabia, Argentina, Aruba, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belize, Benin, Bhutan, Bolivia, Bonaire, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Canada, Cape Verde, Chad, Chile, Colombia, Comoros, Congo, Costa Rica, Cuba, Curaçao, Democratic Republic of Congo, Djibouti, Dominican Republic, Egypt, East Timor, Ecuador, Eswatini, United States, Ethiopia, Fiji, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Equatorial Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Grenada, Greenland, Guatemala, Honduras, Hong Kong, Faroe Islands, Mauritius, Solomon Islands, Turks and Caicos Islands, British Virgin Islands, US Virgin Islands, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Ivory Coast, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya , Kiribati, Kosovo, Kuwait, Laos, Lesotho, Lebanon, Liberia, Madagascar, Malaysia, Malawi, Maldives, Morocco, Mauritania, Mexico, Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Montserrat, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nepal, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, New Zealand, North Macedonia, Oman, Pakistan, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Qatar, Rwanda, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint-Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, El Salvador, Samoa, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Serbia, Seychelles, South Africa, South Sudan, South Korea, Sudan, Sri Lanka, St. Eustatius and Saba, Taiwan, Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia, Turkey, Trinidad and Tobago, Uganda, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United Arab Emirates, Uruguay, Vanuatu, Venezuela, Vietnam, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

You can find out more about France’s travel rules on the interior ministry website.

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