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Since June 9, France has relaxed the travel restrictions adopted in the context of the health crisis. While some countries have reopened their borders, others are keeping them closed.

From November 8, it will again be possible to go on vacation to the United States. US President Joe Biden signed a decree on October 25 allowing travelers vaccinated against Covid-19 from certain countries, including France, to travel to the United States, reports Reuters. Only people under the age of 18, those who cannot be vaccinated for medical reasons and people traveling for professional reasons from countries where the vaccination rate is less than 10% will be able to cross the American borders without being vaccinated. ‘Press Agency.

The American case shows it: if France has relaxed, since June 9, the restrictions affecting travel to countries outside Europe, travelers remain subject to the entry conditions of each State.

A classification of countries according to their health situation

On October 24, the government updated a map of the world where countries are classified in three colors (green, orange, red) according to their health situation and the circulation of variants. The rules of access depend in particular on the vaccination of people with a vaccine recognized by the European Medicines Agency (EMA): Pfizer/Comirnaty, Moderna, AstraZeneca/Vaxzevria/Covishield, Janssen.

► Traveling to a country in green

The countries classified in green are those where there is no active circulation of the virus or any variants of concern identified. In Europe, these are the 27 member states of the European Union (EU) and Andorra, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway, Saint Martin, Switzerland and the Vatican.

Outside of Europe, the countries in green are:

When traveling to a green country, proof of vaccination is required. For both vaccinated and unvaccinated people, a test may be required on boarding and on arrival as well as a quarantine measure, depending on the country.

Upon your return from a green country, if you are not vaccinated, you must present a negative antigen or PCR test within 72 hours.

► Traveling to a country in orange

Coming from an orange country, vaccinated people benefit from the same advantages. Unvaccinated persons must justify a compelling reason. On boarding, they must present the result of a test, carried out within a maximum of 72 hours for a PCR test, 48 hours for an antigen test (24 hours maximum if you are coming from the United Kingdom). An antigenic test may be imposed on you at random upon your arrival in France. You may be required to self-isolate for 7 days.

► Travel to a country in red

Countries in red are those where the virus is actively circulating and where the presentation of variants is of concern. These are Afghanistan, Brazil, Costa Rica, Cuba, Moldova, Montenegro, Pakistan, Russia, Serbia, Suriname and Turkey.

Coming from a red country, if no particular requirement applies to vaccinated persons, unvaccinated persons must imperatively justify a compelling reason. Unvaccinated individuals must present a negative PCR or antigen test result within 48 hours. They must submit to an antigen test upon arrival EireTrip Travel Blog  A mandatory 10-day quarantine is imposed on them, controlled by the security forces.

It is strongly recommended not to travel to red countries.

proof of vaccination

According to the government.fr website, the proof of vaccination must make it possible to certify the completion of a complete vaccination schedule, either after the expiry of a period of:

But this map is confusing since it is not necessarily possible to go to countries classified in green or orange by the government. For example, Japan and Australia are green on the map. However, they are not accepting tourists at the moment. Before any trip, travellers, vaccinated or not, must therefore find out about any restrictions applied by the country of destination (presentation of a PCR test, proof of

Traveling overseas (Martinique, Guadeloupe, Reunion, etc.)

Since October 4, new access rules concern metropolitan travelers going overseas. People with a complete vaccination schedule traveling to the overseas territories of the West Indies and the Indian Ocean from mainland France no longer have to present a screening test result, indicated the Ministry of Overseas, reports the site Air Journal information .

Unvaccinated persons must present a compelling reason, the result of a negative screening test on boarding (less than 72 hours for a PCR test, less than 48 hours for an antigen test) as well as a commitment on the honor to submit to a random test upon arrival. Children aged 12 to 17 are not affected by these rules if they are accompanied by a vaccinated adult.

Testing and quarantine are, on the other hand, compulsory for travelers, even vaccinated, going to New Caledonia, Wallis and Futuna and Polynesia, according to Air journal.

Traveling in Europe

In principle, to travel to a European country, you must have a complete vaccination schedule or submit to a test. However, there are no restrictions on access to Andorra and Romania.

Outside of Europe, Mexico is accessible to people vaccinated or not, without quarantine or PCR testing. However, the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs advises to postpone any trip to Mexico.

Note: your health pass being European, it can be used anywhere in the EU, including overseas, to prove that you have received a vaccination or passed a test.

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