Updated on 27 July 2021
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The current international health crisis is challenging for us all, and we know that many of you have had to postpone your trip to Normandy. The third nationwide lockdown has now ended, France’s vaccination programme is in full swing, and travel restrictions for the fully-vaccinated have been loosened. We’re longing to see you again and hope to welcome you back to Normandy as soon as you can travel again!
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France’s third lockdown ended on 3 May. All shops, outdoor and indoor seating areas, shopping centres, cinemas, museums and theatres have reopened, along with some nightclubs. There is no more night-time curfew.
From Wednesday 9 June, a new ‘traffic light’ system is in place in France. It determines the rules for entry into the country for vaccinated and non-vaccinated travellers. This new system removes bans on non-essential travel for fully vaccinated travellers from non-EU countries, including UK, USA and Canada.
Fully-vaccinated travellers from red and orange countries, including the UK, can now travel freely to France for a holiday and won’t need to spend seven days in obligatory quarantine on arrival. Also, there is no longer any need for an inbound Covid test.
Travellers from Canada and the United States are now classified as green and will be able to travel to France more easily.
Travellers from green countries, including USA and Canada, will not have to follow a quarantine upon arrival in France and will be able to travel without a compelling reason, even if they are not vaccinated.
For fully-vaccinated visitors travelling from EU countries and green countries, there will be no extra entry requirements. However, visitors from green countries who haven’t been fully vaccinated yet will have to show a negative Covid test dating from the last 24 hours before departure. This can be either a PCR or antigen test, with the latter likely to be the most convenient option in view of the short time frame.
France now considers people fully vaccinated one week after they have received their second dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech, Moderna and AstraZeneca shots, instead of 14 days previously, and 28 days after their Johnson & Johnson jab. France now also accepts vaccination by Covishield, a copy of the AstraZeneca vaccine made by the Serum Institute of India, for its health pass.
From July 1, France’s ‘pass sanitaire’ (health pass) will be recognised for internal travel within the European area, in the form of a European certificate. The certificate may include proof of vaccination, a negative test result or proof of recovery from COVID less than 6 months old.
An extension of the health pass to several places open to the public has been decided:
• From 21 July: all places of leisure and culture bringing together more than 50 people.
• From 6 August: cafes, restaurants, hospitals, hotels, travel by plane, train and coach for long-distance journeys.
To take into account the specific situation of certain categories of people, the obligation of the “health pass” has been postponed to 30 September for teenagers aged 12 to 17.
Wearing a face mask is compulsory in many indoor areas. Up-to-date details can be found here (in French).
Updates on the situation can be found at https://www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/en/coming-to-france/coronavirus-advice-for-visitors-to-france/.
Plan your travel in Europe, from a EU country. Measures in place: Re-open EU (europa.eu)
Foreign tourists visiting France will have to pay for Covid-19 tests from 7 July.
For foreign visitors, prices of Covid-19 tests range from €29 (antigen test) to €49 (PCR test).
You can get a PCR test at the following centres and laboratories across Normandy (the laboratories advise to book online):
- In Calvados: click HERE
- In the Eure: click HERE
- In the Manche: click HERE
- In the Orne: click HERE
- In Seine-Maritime: click HERE
Visitors who aren’t able to take an RT-PCR test prior to departure can get tested at Charles de Gaulle airport (Terminal 2E and Terminal 2AC).
You’ll find answers HERE to frequently asked questions related to U.S. Citizens in France and COVID-19.
You will find answers to frequently asked questions related to COVID-19 HERE.
IRELAND TO FRANCE travel restrictions
If you are travelling from the Republic of Ireland, the latest travel advice to France is HERE.
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