Traveling to France during Covid-19: what you need to know before you go

Editor’s note – Cases of the coronavirus are spreading around the world. Health officials warn that staying at home is the best way to prevent transmission until you get vaccinated. Below is information on what to know if you’re planning to travel, last updated on September 15th.

(CNN) – If you’re planning to travel to France, here’s what to know and expect if you’re planning to visit during the Covid-19 pandemic.

the basics

There are no Covid-related restrictions on international travel to France, despite the country having some of the strictest Covid-19 restrictions in the world, including three lockdowns. While some security measures remain in place, most restrictions have been eased.

What is offered

The historic boulevards of Paris, the fashionable sweep of La Croisette in Cannes and the rolling lavender fields and vineyards of Provence. France remains one of the world’s most sustainable tourism destinations.

With great food, fine wine and scenery and cities to satisfy every type of traveller, it never disappoints.

Who can go

As of August 1, there are no travel restrictions related to Covid-19 to France. This means travelers do not need to provide proof of vaccination, complete a pre-arrival affidavit or show proof of a negative PCR or antigen test, regardless of vaccination status.

The same rules apply for travel between mainland France and French overseas territories.

“In the face of the new phase of the pandemic, the health control system at the border is raised, according to the law that puts an end to the exceptional regimes created to fight the epidemic related to Covid-19”, says the French Ministry in a statement. Domestic and Foreign.

“The government reserves the right until January 21, 2023 to activate the ’emergency brake’ measures for a maximum of two months, after consultation with the health authorities, if a new variant of Covid-19 appears and is likely to be circulating, posing a serious health threat or, in overseas territories , when there is a risk of overwhelming the health system.”

What are the restrictions?

As mentioned above, there are currently no restrictions related to Covid-19 on international travel to France.

What is the Covid situation?

France has been one of the hardest hit countries in Europe, with more than 35 million cases and 155,651 deaths on September 15.

The appearance of the Omicron variant in late 2021 led to another spike in infections, with more than 2.5 million infections recorded in one week towards the end of January 2022. The number of Covid-19 cases in the country would stabilize later. However, Covid-19 infections have risen again.

In the week of September 15, there were 155,068 cases. More than 81.2% of the population is fully vaccinated.

What can visitors expect?

Masks or covers are no longer mandatory indoors or on public transport. However, officials have advised people to start wearing masks again in crowded places due to the rise in Covid-19 cases in the country.

Since March, the vaccination pass is no longer required to enter indoor premises, except for hospitals and care homes.

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Joe Minihane, Julia Buckley and Tamara Hardingham-Gill contributed to this report