France’s current traffic light travel restrictions explained

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France’s traffic light travel rules system imposes various restrictions on travelers leaving and arriving in the country, depending on their destination or country of origin. We explain how the rules work.

The latest traffic light update to France’s travel rules adds Moldova, Montenegro and Serbia to the red list.

This means that the red list currently (as of November 2) includes: Afghanistan, Brazil, Costa Rica, Cuba, Georgia, Moldova, Montenegro, Pakistan, Russia, Serbia, Suriname and Turkey.

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Iran’s rating was downgraded to the amber list, with Singapore and Brunei also being upgraded from green.

Saudi Arabia, Argentina, Australia, Bahrain, Canada, Chile, South Korea, United Arab Emirates, Hong Kong, Japan, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, New Zealand, Qatar, Rwanda, Senegal, Taiwan, Comoros, Uruguay and Vanuatu green list.

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The green list also includes the 27 member states of the European Union, as well as Andorra, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway, San Marino, Switzerland and Vatican City.

Every other country in the world is subject to restrictions at the level of amber.

How does the travel list in France work?

Since its launch on June 9, France’s traffic light system has ranked countries based on their Covid infection rates and the presence of different variables within their territory.

In countries classified as green, there is no “active circulation” of the virus and no record of “any type of concern”.

Countries fall under the amber list if there is an “active spread of the virus” but infection rates remain “under control”, and there are no variables of concern.

Red List destinations are countries or territories in which “active spread of the virus has been observed, with variables of concern”.

Various restrictions apply to arrival and departure from France depending on the list in question.

Travelers will also need to refer to the rules in place in or from the country they are traveling to, as they may be required to comply with other measures.

What does red list designation mean?

Pic: Home Office – International Travel

Restrictions on travel to and from Red List countries depend on whether or not the traveler has been vaccinated.

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Persons who have been fully vaccinated are exempted from all restrictions as long as they can prove their vaccination status. A person is classified as vaccinated seven days after their second dose or 28 days after the first dose in the case of a single dose of Janssen jab.

Children traveling with fully vaccinated adults are classified as vaccinated upon leaving France.

Unvaccinated persons wishing to leave France must provide an underlying reason for travel, a list of which can be found on the French Ministry of the Interior’s website. The purpose of the traveler’s travel must be detailed in the Attesation de sortie du triboire métropolitain (Certificate of Departure from the Capital of France), also found at the link above.

Travelers to Red List countries must determine if they will be subject to additional restrictions upon arrival.

Arrival in France

Vaccinated people do not need to comply with any Covid-related procedures when entering the country, other than to provide proof of vaccination and an Engagement sur l’honneur (a sworn statement) confirming that they do not have any symptoms of Covid and have not had recent contact with a confirmed case.

Unvaccinated persons must provide a detailed ground reason in the Attestation de déplacement against la France métropolitaine (Certificate of Travel to the French Capital).

These travelers must also:

  • Have a PCR or antigen test done within 48 hours before they begin their journey. Children under 12 years old do not have to take a test

  • Self-isolate for ten days upon arrival and complete a form detailing their quarantine address so authorities can confirm their compliance

  • Depending on their country of origin, some travelers also have to take a test upon arrival in France, which they must agree to through a form found on the Ministry of the Interior’s website.

  • Complete a sworn statement (as above)

What does it mean to set an amber list?

Pic: Home Office – International Travel

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Persons who have been fully vaccinated are exempted from all restrictions as long as they can prove their vaccination status.

Unvaccinated persons wishing to leave France must provide an underlying reason for travel, a list of which can be found on the French Ministry of the Interior’s website. The purpose of the traveler’s travel must be detailed in the Attesation de sortie du triboire métropolitain (Certificate of Departure from the Capital of France), also found at the link above.

Arrival in France

Persons who are vaccinated are not subject to any restrictions when entering France.

Persons who are not immunized must submit a negative PCR test performed in the 72 hours prior to departure or an antigen test performed within 48 hours prior to departure.
Travelers from the UK must take this test within 24 hours before starting their journey.

Children under 12 years of age are exempt from the test requirements.

Depending on your country of origin, you may be subject to a screening on arrival which, in order to facilitate administrative procedures, will ask you to complete a form.

You will also need to submit:

  • A sworn statement certifying the absence of Covid symptoms and any contact with a confirmed case of Covid

  • Undertaking under oath an antigen test or biological examination upon arrival in metropolitan France

  • The department undertakes to self-isolate for a period of seven days, and another undertakes to perform a bio-viral (PCR) test at the end of the isolation period.

These documents are all available on the Ministry of Interior website.

What does green list designation mean?

Pic: Home Office – International Travel

People traveling to and from a Green List country do not need to provide basic reasons for travel, regardless of their vaccination status.

Upon arrival in France, vaccinated people must be able to prove their vaccination status and complete a sworn statement certifying that they have no symptoms of Covid.

Persons who are not immunized must also provide this sworn statement and a negative PCR or antigen test taken within the past 72 hours.

For non-vaccinated travelers from Bulgaria, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Romania, this test must be taken within 24 hours before the start of their journey.

The restrictions imposed on travelers from abroad are available for viewing on the website of the French Ministry of the Interior.

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