Updated on 3 December 2021
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The current international health crisis continues to be challenging for us all, and we know that many of you have had to postpone your trip to Normandy. Travel restrictions for the fully-vaccinated have now been loosened and Normandy is the most highly-vaccinated region in France. We can’t wait to welcome you back to Normandy as soon as you can travel again!
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All shops, restaurants, cafés, bars, shopping centres, cinemas, museums, theatres and nightclubs have reopened in Normandy. You will however need a health pass to access most of these places (see full information below).
A new traffic light system entered into force across France on Wednesday 9 June. It determines the rules for entry into the country for vaccinated and non-vaccinated visitors. This new system has replaced the previous ban on non-essential travel for fully-vaccinated visitors from non-EU countries including the UK, the USA and Canada.
New rules come into force at 00.01am on Saturday, 4 December and testing requirements now apply to everyone aged 12 or older – including those who have French citizenship or permanent residency in France.
All Non-EU travellers – vaccinated or not – now require a negative Covid test in order to enter France from any country outside the EU or Schengen zone. This includes travellers from the UK, the USA and Canada. The test must be taken within 48 hours of departure. The new decree states that only tests “that are able to detect protein N of Sars-Cov2” can be used – this covers all PCR tests but not all antigen tests. Home tests have never been accepted for travel purposes. All non-EU arrivals must also give a declaration on their honour that they accept that furthering testing can be performed on arrival in France.
Many non-EU countries – including the UK and USA – are on France’s orange list, which means that unvaccinated people can only travel for essential reasons.
France now considers people to be fully vaccinated one week after they have received their second dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech, Moderna or AstraZeneca vaccine (instead of the 14 days previously) and 28 days after their Johnson & Johnson vaccine. France now also accepts Covishield, a copy of the AstraZeneca vaccine made by the Serum Institute of India, for its Covid-19 health pass.
COVID-19 Health PassES FOR EU NATIONALS
From Thursday 1 July, France’s pass sanitaire (health pass) has been granted to EU nationals aged over 12 for travel to France from EU countries subject to presentation of proof of vaccination, a negative test result or proof of recovery from COVID in the last six months or less.
The health pass is accepted in public places such as leisure facilities and cultural attractions that can accommodate more than 50 people, cafes, restaurants, hospitals, hotels, planes, trains and coaches for long-distance journeys.
Wearing a face mask continues to be mandatory in many indoor areas where the health pass is required. Up-to-date details can be found here (in French)
Updates on the ongoing health situation in France can be found here
COVID-19 HEALTH PASSES FOR NON-EU NATIONALS
Since 27 August 2021, COVID certificate applications have been carried out online directly. As soon as your application has been processed, you will receive an email with a QR code. It can be printed and presented on paper, or added to the TousAntiCovid smartphone application to prove your vaccination status.
Click on the link for more information (steps and form): https://lnkd.in/gB9X3hmx
To apply for a health pass with a QR code, you must provide the following documents:
- A scan of completed and signed application form to convert your foreign vaccination certificate to a French Covid certificate (download here)
- A copy of photo ID (valid passport)
- A copy of the full vaccination certificate issued in your name by the competent authorities in your country of residence, clearly stating the type of vaccine used
- A copy of your travel tickets (in pdf, jpg or png format)
All the above documents must be sent to the relevant email address for your country:
- US citizens: email@example.com
- Canadian citizens: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Citizens of all other countries: email@example.com
So applications can be processed as quickly as possible, the subject of the email should read as follows: COUNTRY OF RESIDENCE / LAST NAME First Name (e.g. UK / SMITH John). As soon as your application has been processed, an email with your QR code will be sent to you. This code has no expiry date and can either be printed out and presented in paper form or displayed on your phone in digital form.
US citizens can find answers to Covid-19-related FAQs here
Canadian citizens can find answers to Covid-19-related FAQs here
LATERAL FLOW AND PCR tests IN FRANCE
Foreign visitors to France now have to pay for PCR tests. Prices range from €29 (lateral flow) to €49 (PCR).
You can get a PCR test at the following centres and laboratories across the five départements of Normandy (laboratories recommend pre-booking online):
Visitors who aren’t able to take an lateral flow or PCR test prior to departure can get tested on arrival at Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport (Terminal 2E and Terminal 2AC).
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Any questions? Get in touch: firstname.lastname@example.org