France Welcomes Vaccinated Tourists From June 9, 2021

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In May, the president of France announced that the country would welcome vaccinated tourists outside of the EU/AA from June 9, 2021, and yesterday issued guidelines on what is required.

France categorizes countries as Green, Orange, or Red, and a different set of rules applies to each. Fully vaccinated from Orange countries such as the United States or the UK need to do a PCR-RT or antigen test before their flight to France.

You can access France’s page for Covid-19 and travel here.

Note that these rules apply to passengers arriving from GREEN, ORANGE, or RED countries. It is unclear how long you need to be in GREEN or ORANGE country if fully vaccinated to be considered arriving from one.

GREEN & Fully vaccinated: Welcomed & no tests required

GREEN & Not vaccinated: Welcomed with a PCR-RT/antigen test not older than 72 hours

ORANGE & Fully vaccinated: Welcomed with a PCR-RT (72 hours)/antigen (48 hours) test

ORANGE & Not vaccinated: Need compelling reason, a negative test & quarantine of 7 days

RED: No tourists allowed, need a compelling reason, tests, and 7 or 10 days of quarantine depending on whether vaccinated or not. You can transit, however.

Country Classification:

• “Green” countries:

no active traffic virus, no variants of concern identified.

European area, Australia, South Korea, Israel, Japan, Lebanon, New Zealand, Singapore.

“Orange” country:

active circulation of the virus in controlled proportions, without diffusion variants of concern. All countries, except “green” and “red” countries.

• “Red” countries:

active circulation of the virus, presence of variants of concern.

South Africa, Argentina, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Suriname, Turkey, Uruguay.

Vaccines Accepted

The vaccines accepted by France are those recognized by the European Agency

drug (EMA): Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson.

• 2 weeks after the 2nd injection double injection vaccines (Pfizer, Moderna,

AstraZeneca);

• 4 weeks after injection for vaccines with a single injection (Johnson & Johnson);

• 2 weeks after injection for vaccines in people with a history of Covid-19 (only 1 injection required).

Here’s the PDF in French that France has released:

Download (PDF, 380KB)

Conclusion

I am glad that France has clarified these entry requirements, but not sure how well they can enforce them for passengers arriving from Schengen countries (GREEN)?

The usual spot checks in place for intra-bloc arrivals/transits are practically impossible to administer when there are many air passengers or arrivals by land (car, train, or bus). I guess that the policing of these rules is left for airlines and other transport companies.

European Union suggested that there would not be travel restrictions intra-Schengen, but France will continue to require negative Covid-19 test from those not considered fully vaccinated.

Most Europeans, at least those that travel most, are not considered fully vaccinated before the summer is over, as the initial rollout has been slower than in the US and the UK. There is a more significant lag between the first and the second jabs.

I would be considered fully vaccinated as I have recovered from the Covid-19 and have also had the first Pfizer shot. However, there is no electronic record available to prove this even when the EU-wide Digital Covid-19 certificate is launched until I get the second jab next month.

The coronavirus infection was not recorded in Finland despite doing the test at the Helsinki-Vantaa airport late last year. I could show the test results administered in Charles de Gaulle (PDF) or the text message I received from Finland to prove that I had it last year.

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