Updated on 10 September 2021
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The current international health crisis has been challenging for us all, and we know that many of you have had to postpone your trip to Normandy. France’s third national lockdown has now ended, its vaccination programme is in full swing, and travel restrictions for the fully-vaccinated have been loosened. We can’t wait to welcome you back to Normandy as soon as you can travel again!
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France’s third lockdown ended in May, and all shops, outdoor and indoor seating areas, shopping centres, cinemas, museums and theatres have reopened, along with some nightclubs. There is no longer a night-time curfew.
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.
Visitors to France from EU countries and green list countries (including Canada) can now travel to France without a ‘compelling reason’, even if they are not fully vaccinated, and do not have to quarantine upon arrival. Visitors from green list countries who are not yet fully vaccinated will, however, have to show a negative test result (lateral flow or PCR) from the last 24 hours prior to departure.
Fully-vaccinated visitors from red list and amber list countries (including the UK and USA) can now travel freely to France for a holiday and won’t need to spend seven days in mandatory quarantine on arrival. There is also no longer any need for an inbound Covid-19 test but visitors will need a Covid-19 health pass (see below).
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 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.
To take into account the specific situation of certain categories of people, teenagers aged 12 to 17 will not be required to carry a Covid health pass until Thursday 30 September.
Wearing a face mask continues to be mandatory in many indoor areas. 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Canadian citizens: email@example.com
- Citizens of all other countries: firstname.lastname@example.org
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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