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    LOW MEDICAL RISK for France
    LOW TRAVEL RISK for France


COVID-19 Impact

COVID-19 virus imageCOVID-19 Impact Rating (Travel): High -

Inbound travel significantly restricted for most travellers.

Only citizens and those who meet certain criteria for exemption  may enter. Mandatory testing and quarantine in designated facilities may apply.

COVID-19 virus imageCOVID-19 Impact Rating (Domestic Operations): Low -

COVID-related precautions and restrictions causing some inconvenience to business operations. Most businesses are operating.

Both essential and non-essential businesses are operating, though outbreaks may impact medical and/or logistic factors  and cause disruption, often at short notice. Pre-existing security risks likely to be exacerbated by COVID-19-related political and socio-economic concerns in the near/medium term, though these disruptions will not affect the stability of the overall security environment. Elective surgery may not be accessible at times and VERY HIGH and HIGH Medical Risk Rated countries will be under pressure. Basic elements of BCPs – such as reduced or staggered staffing, social distancing, limited face to face interaction – may be active, with clear escalation and de-escalation triggers as well as mitigation measures.

RestrictionsInboundSummary
• Are there any border restrictions? No
• Are there any entry restrictions? Yes
• Are there any testing requirements? Yes
• Are there any quarantine requirements? Yes
• Are there any vaccination requirements? No
• Are there any separate transit restrictions? Yes
• Is COVID-19-related documentation required? Yes
• Are there separate restrictions for overseas territories? Yes
• Are there any other restrictions? No
(Until further notice)
France has divided countries into three categories:

Green counties: EU countries, Australia, Israel, Japan, Lebanon, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea.

Orange countries: All the countries that are not green or red.

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

This list is regularly revised. the latest version can be founded at: https://www.gouvernement.fr/info-coronavirus


Full information on the restrictions, vaccine requirements and the list of essential reasons is available here (in French): https://www.gouvernement.fr/sites/default/files/contenu/piece-jointe/2021/06/dossier_de_presse_-_reouverture_des_frontieres_a_partir_du_9_juin_0.pdf
(Ends 30 June 2021)
Entry rules

Summary:
- Green countries: People travelling to/from green countries do not have to show proof of essential reasons to travel.
- Orange countries: Non-vaccinated travellers travelling to/from orange countries have to show proof of essential reason to travel. Vaccinated travellers are exempt.
- Red countries: All people travelling to/from red countries must show an essential reason to travel.

• Inbound travel for EU nationals / residents
As EU is now considered as Green, travellers coming from EU do not need a compelling reason to travel to France.

• Inbound travel for “third country” nationals
Third country nationals coming from green countries do not have to show proof of essential reasons to travel.
Third country nationals coming from orange countries have to show proof of essential reason to travel. Fully vaccinated travellers are exempt.

• Inbound travel from areas where virus variants of concern are circulating
Travel from most COVID-19 variant areas (classified as red) is possible for compelling reasons. However, all commercial flights to and from Brazil are suspended. France has also enforced restrictions on travellers from India, where a seven-day quarantine is mandatory after arriving.

Further information at: https://www.gouvernement.fr/info-coronavirus/deplacements

• Exemptions
Road transport workers, border workers and residents whose regular lives involve travelling within 30km of each side of the border are exempt from most measures. Road transport workers however have a separate set of regulations to comply with. These can be found online here: https://www.interieur.gouv.fr/fr/Actualites/L-actu-du-Ministere/Deplacement-des-transporteurs-routiers-internationaux

• How do I prove I have been vaccinated?
For third country nationals, France has not yet specified how one can prove that one is vaccinated. Paper vaccination proofs will be accepted. One can also demonstrate vaccination via the Tousanticovid app.

EU nationals travelling to France from outside the EU are able to use their vaccination certificates as proof of vaccination due to EU mutual recognition of vaccination certificates.

• What counts as "fully vaccinated"?
Travellers must:
- Have received a vaccine that is approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) – Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca or Johnson & Johnson (known as Janssen in France)
- Be at least two weeks after the second injection for double-dose vaccines or for two weeks after a single dose for those people who had previously had Covid-19
- Be at least four weeks after the injection for people who had the single dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine
(Ends 30 June 2021)
Testing requirements

• Who needs to test?

- Green countries: Non-vaccinated people travelling from green countries need a negative PCR or antigen test result no older than 72 hours before boarding or crossing the border. Vaccinated travellers are exempt.
- Orange countries: All travellers, including those who have been fully vaccinated, need a negative PCR test result no older than 72 hours before departure or an antigen test no older than 48 hours. Upon arrival, they might be subject to a random antigen test.
- Red countries: All travellers, including those who have been fully vaccinated, need a negative PCR test or antigen test result no older than 48 hours. Additionally, they will be subject to a antigen test upon arrival

• Type of test and time frame
Either a PCR or antigen test, with the timeframe dictated by the colour code of the country of origin. The times indicated are times the test must be taken before departure.

• What information is required in the test result?
The French government does not specify what information needs to be included.

• Exemptions
If a RT-PCR test cannot be conducted in the country of departure, the traveller can request a 'PCR Test Waiver' from the French embassy or consulate, subject to a compelling reason for travel and agreeing to an antigenic test upon arrival, a seven-day isolation in a facility designated by the French authorities and a RT-PCR test at the end of the isolation period.
(Ends 30 June 2021)
Quarantine requirements
• Who must quarantine and for how long?
All travellers (vaccinated and non-vaccinated) arriving from green countries are exempt from quarantine requirement.
Non-vaccinated travellers coming from orange countries must self-isolate for seven days. Vaccinated travellers arriving from orange locations do not have to quarantine.
Non-vaccinated travellers coming from red countries must quarantine for ten days. French security forces will controll if the quarantine is respected. Fully vaccinated travellers coming from red countries are still required to self-isolate during seven days.

• Where can this be done?
This can be done at any accommodation.

• Additional tests in quarantine?
All travellers may be subject to a random test upon arrival in France.
Further information at: https://www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/en/coming-to-france/coronavirus-advice-for-foreign-nationals-in-france/
(Ends 30 June 2021)
Documentation required
• All travellers arriving in France must fill in a declaration of non-exposure to COVID-19. This form can be found online at https://www.interieur.gouv.fr/Actualites/L-actu-du-Ministere/Certificate-of-international-travel Please note that there is a separate form to fill in for those coming from within the European space and those coming from outside it.
• Travellers entering France from a country outside of the EU, Andorra, Australia, Iceland, Israel, Japan, Liechtenstein, Monaco, New Zealand, Norway, San Marino, Singapore, South Korea, Switzerland, or Vatican City must also fill in a certificate of international travel: https://www.interieur.gouv.fr/Actualites/L-actu-du-Ministere/Certificate-of-international-travel
• Travellers coming from countries where variants of concern are circulating (Argentina, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Chile, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Qatar, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Turkey, the UAE and Uruguay) must fill in another form: https://www.interieur.gouv.fr/Actualites/L-actu-du-Ministere/Certificate-of-international-travel
Vaccinated Travelers need a sworn statement certifying the absence of COVID-19 symptoms and of any contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19;
Proof of their vaccination status.
• For documentation requirements in transit, see the Transit section.
(Ends 30 June 2021)
Transit
• Testing requirements for transit by Air
- Travellers transiting French airports must not remain for more than 24 hours in the international area in the airport. The traveller must be able to prove that they are in compliance with the requirements of their final destination or may be denied boarding by their airline.
- Passengers from India will likely be asked to do further testing for their airline.

• Documentation requirements for transit by Air
- Passengers much have all necessary documentation for their final destination.
(Until further notice)
Overseas territories • Overseas territories have different restrictions all outlined at: https://www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/en/coming-to-france/coronavirus-advice-for-foreign-nationals-in-france . You can also refer to the specific overseas territory on the travel restriction page.
(Until further notice)
OutboundSummary
• Are there any border restrictions? No
• Are there any exit restrictions? Yes
• Are there any testing requirements? No
• Are there any vaccine requirements? No
• Is COVID-19-related documentation required? Yes
• Are there separate restrictions for overseas territories? Yes
• Are there any other restrictions? No
(Until further notice)
Exit rules
• Outbound travel for local nationals / residents + 'third country' nationals (non-resident)
- Departure from Metropolitan France to a Red or Amber country is subject to the 'compelling reasons' system and applies to all travellers, including French citizens. This include compelling business reasons. Those claiming such circumstances should carry proof of their profession or a letter from the employer dated less than two months prior to travel. For resident/workers in UK proof of pre-settled/settled status can also be used a proof. The list of compelling reasons can be found here: https://www.interieur.gouv.fr/Actualites/L-actu-du-Ministere/Attestation-de-deplacement-et-de-voyage
- People traveling to Green and Orange countries do not require a compelling reason to leave France
(Ends 30 June 2021)
Outbound Restrictions

Passengers are not permitted to depart France unless they satisfy one of the exemptions detailed in the Attestation de déplacement depuis la France metropolitaine vers un pays exterieur a l'espace europeen (Travel Certificate). The travel certificate can be obtained prior to travel - https://www.interieur.gouv.fr/Actualites/L-actu-du-Ministere/Certificate-of-international-travel

This does not apply to passengers who were in transit through France from another country.

This also does not apply to passengers who present a Covid-19 vaccination certificate demonstrating that at least 4 weeks have elapsed since the first dose of Janssen vaccine, or 2 weeks have elapsed since the second dose of the Pfizer-Biontech, AstraZeneca or Moderna vaccine, or since the first dose of these vaccines if the passenger holds proof that they previously have been infected with Covid-19, provided that they are not travelling to Argentina, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Suriname, Turkey, Uruguay or South Africa.

Overseas territories
• Overseas territories have different restrictions all outlined at: https://www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/en/coming-to-france/coronavirus-advice-for-foreign-nationals-in-france. You can also refer to the specific overseas territory on the travel restriction page.
(until further notice)
Internal / DomesticSummary
• Is a state of emergency in place? Yes
• Are curfews/lockdowns in place? No
• Can businesses operate? Essential only
• Are there restrictions on internal travel? No
• Are there any testing requirements? No
• Are there any vaccination requirements? No
• Are there any other restrictions in place? Yes
(Until further notice)
State of emergency
• A state of emergency is in place.
(Ends 30 June 2021)
Curfews and lockdowns
• The curfew has been lifted.
(Ends 30 September 2021)
Restrictions on businesses
• The recommended maximum number of people in private gatherings is ten. Non-essential shops, shopping centres, cinemas, museums, bars and restaurants in outdoor and outdoor spaces with six people maximum can open. Wearing a mask indoors and in public transport is compulsory.
(Ends 30 June 2021)
Other social distancing measures
• Reopening of certain events of more than 5,000 people (fairs, exhibitions, cultural venues, sports establishments), subject to a health protocol validated by the prefecture and on presentation of a health pass.
• More information on internal restrictions can be found at the following link: https://www.gouvernement.fr/info-coronavirus
(Ends 30 June 2021)
Planned changes and internal conditionsCurfew restrictions will be lifted.
Public gatherings up to 1,000 people will be allowed.
(until further notice)
Summary - Changes to the following measures:
• Border restrictions? No
• Entry restrictions? No
• Testing requirements? No
• Quarantine requirements? No
• Vaccination requirements? No
• Transit restrictions? No
• COVID-19-related documentation required? No
• Restrictions for overseas territories? No
• Internal restrictions? Yes
• Outbound restrictions? No
• Other restrictions? No
(Until further notice)

23 Jun 2021 (Updated Daily)





Risk Summary

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COVID-19 information for France

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Street crime warrants security precautions in Paris and other major cities. Petty crime is common at airports, on public transport and in urban areas, especially tourist locations. France's foreign policy makes it an attractive target for Islamist militants, who have conducted several high-profile attacks in the country. Strikes are common and can result in significant travel disruption.

This information is intended as a summary of the travel security environment; however, the risks can change at short notice during a crisis or evolving situation. Please check our travel security alerts to ensure you are informed of the most recent developments.

STANDING TRAVEL ADVICE

Vaccinations For France
Hepatitis AMany travel health professionals recommend
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Hepatitis BRecommended for health care workers and anyone
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Routine Vaccinations

 
 
 
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