If I have had my Coronavirus (Covid19) vaccines can I travel to France?

Latest update 9th June 2021: New measures will apply to travellers from the UK to France


Requirements for unvaccinated passengers:

Arrivals from the UK who are resident in France may need to show proof of residence. Those who are not French residents or EU nationals will need to complete an International Travel Certificate to confirm their essential reason for travel. In exceptional circumstances, the French Consulate in London may be able to assist with travel for an essential reason not listed on the International Travel Certificate.

Arrivals from the UK will need to complete a ‘sworn statement’ (déclaration sur l’honneur) form self-certifying they are not suffering from symptoms associated with coronavirus and have not been in contact with confirmed cases in the preceding fortnight. This can be found on the French government’s website.

The French government strongly advises limiting international travel to a minimum.

Testing requirements to enter France for unvaccinated passengers:
Travellers from the UK, including children aged 11 and above, will need to present a negative PCR or antigen COVID-19, carried out less than 72 hours before departure.

You should not use the NHS testing service to get a test in order to facilitate your travel to another country. You should arrange to take a private test from a private coronavirus testing provider.

Self-isolation requirements in France for unvaccinated passengers:
Passengers arriving in France from the UK must self-isolate for seven days on arrival, and, if over 11 years of age, take a PCR test at the end of the isolation period. Find more information on how to get a PCR test in France.

Entry requirements for vaccinated passengers:

For those who are fully vaccinated, you will need to have proof of a negative PCR test within 72 hours of departure or an antigen test within 48 hours of departure. However, you will not need to justify an essential reason for travel or to self-isolate on arrival.

The French Government recognises the following vaccines: Pfizer, Moderna, Oxford/AstraZeneca, and Johnson & Johnson (the vaccines recognised by the European Medical Agency).

“Fully vaccinated” is defined by the completion of a vaccination schedule, specifically:

  • 2 weeks after the second dose of Pfizer, Moderna, Oxford/AstraZeneca
  • 4 weeks after the single and only dose of Johnson & Johnson
  • 2 weeks after the single dose of any of the above vaccines if you have previously tested positive for COVID-19

The French government have provided information on how to prove your vaccination status. See guidance on demonstrating your vaccination status through the NHS. Children under the age of 18 years old, who are travelling with fully vaccinated adults, will be exempt from requirements to self-isolate and provide an essential reason for travel, regardless of whether the minor has been vaccinated or not.

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