COVID-19: Entry and stay of foreign talents in France

Conditions of travel to France from abroad

 

Travels between third countries and France are authorized according to the health situation of the countries of origin and the vaccination of travelers. The countries of origin of travelers have been classified by the authorities according to their epidemic situation and are subject to differentiated measures. The lists of countries are subject to change depending on the evolution of their epidemic situation.

 

List of countries classified according to their health situation

 

  • “Green” countries: the Covid-19 is not actively circulating.

This list includes: the European area (Andorra, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway, San Marino, Switzerland and Vatican City), South Africa, Albania, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Saudi Arabia, Argentina, Aruba, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belize, Benin, Bolivia, Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Bhutan, Burkina Faso, Burma, Burundi, Brazil, Cambodia, Cameroon, Canada , Cape Verde, Chile, Colombia, Comoros, Congo, Ivory Coast, South Korea, Costa Rica, Cuba, Curaçao, Djibouti, Egypt, United Arab Emirates, Ecuador, Eswatini, United States, Ethiopia, Fiji, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Equatorial Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Grenada, Greenland, Guatemala, Honduras, Hong Kong, Faroe Islands, Mauritius, Solomon Islands, Turks and Caicos Islands, British Virgin Islands, US Virgin Islands, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya , Kiribati, Kosovo, Kuwait, Laos, Lesotho, Lebanon, Liberia, North Macedonia, Madagascar, Malaysia, Malawi, Maldives, Morocco, Mauritania, Mexico, Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Montserrat, Mozambique, Namibia, Nepal, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, New Zealand, Oman, Uganda, Pakistan, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Qatar, Democratic Republic of Congo, Dominican Republic, United Kingdom, Rwanda, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint- Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, El Salvador, Samoa, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Serbia, Seychelles, Sudan, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Tanzania, Chad, East Timor, Togo, Tunisia, Turkey, Trinidad and Tobago, Ukraine, Uruguay, Vanuatu, Venezuela, Vietnam, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

  • “Amber” countries: the Covid-19 is circulating actively but moderately without the detection of variants of concern.

This list includes: all non-EU countries except those on the “green” and “red” country lists.

  •  Red” countries: the Covid-19 is actively circulating and several variants of concern have been identified.

There are currently no countries classified as “red”.

 

For more information on the situation and the new travel conditions, please visit the government website.

Travelers coming from a "green" country

 

  • Vaccinated travelers from a “green” country must prove that they have received all prescribed doses of one of the vaccines recognized by the European Medicines Agency in order to be able to travel to France.

 

For their travel, they must carry proof of their vaccination status.

 

People who have been vaccinated with one of the vaccines recognized by the EMA or considered as equivalent (Pfizer/Comirnaty, Moderna, AstraZeneca/Vaxzevria/ Covishield/Fiocruz/R-Covia and Johnson & Johnson) will be considered as fully vaccinated:

  • 7 days after the 2nd injection for double injection vaccines (Pfizer/Comirnaty, Moderna, AstraZeneca/Vaxzevria/Covishield/Fiocruz/R-Covi);
  • 28 days after injection for vaccines with a single injection (Johnson & Johnson);
  • 7 days after a single injection for people with a history of Covid-19.

 

People who have been vaccinated with a vaccine authorized by the World Health Organization but not listed above will be able to show evidence of a complete vaccination scheme, provided that all required doses have been received, 7 days after the injection of a additional dose of a messenger RNA vaccine (Pfizer or Moderna).

 

For their vaccination status to remain considered as complete, travelers aged 18 or more wishing to enter the French territory must have received a complementary dose of Messenger RNA vaccine (Pfizer or Moderna) no later than 9 months following the injection of the last required dose.

 

  • Unvaccinated travelers must provide proof of a negative PCR of less than 72 hours, an antigen test of less than 48 hours or a certificate of recovery dated more than eleven days and less than six months ago

 

The measures applying to vaccinated parents also apply to their accompanying minor children, whether they are vaccinated or not. Nevertheless, minors between 12 and 18 years of age must present a negative test if they are not vaccinated. Minors under 12 years old are exempt from doing a test.

 

Find more information in the article “I am currently abroad”

Travelers coming from an "amber" country

 

Vaccinated travelers from countries of the “amber” list of countries are not subject to the compelling reasons regime in order to travel to France.

To travel, they must come with :

  • a proof of their vaccination status ;
  •  a sworn statement attesting that they have no symptoms of Covid-19 infection and that they are not aware of any contact with a confirmed case of Covid-19 in the 14 days prior to travel.

 

People who have been vaccinated with one of the vaccines recognized by the EMA or considered as equivalent (Pfizer/Comirnaty, Moderna, AstraZeneca/Vaxzevria/ Covishield/Fiocruz/R-Covia and Johnson & Johnson) will be considered as fully vaccinated:

  • 7 days after the 2nd injection for double injection vaccines (Pfizer/Comirnaty, Moderna, AstraZeneca/Vaxzevria/Covishield/Fiocruz/R-Covi);
  • 28 days after injection for vaccines with a single injection (Johnson & Johnson);
  • 7 days after a single injection for people with a history of Covid-19.

 

People who have been vaccinated with a vaccine authorized by the World Health Organization but not listed above will be able to show evidence of a complete vaccination scheme, provided that all required doses have been received, 7 days after the injection of a additional dose of a messenger RNA vaccine (Pfizer or Moderna).

 

For their vaccination status to remain considered as complete, travelers aged 18 or more wishing to enter the French territory must have received a complementary dose of Messenger RNA vaccine (Pfizer or Moderna) no later than 9 months following the injection of the last required dose.

 

Travelers who have not been vaccinated have to :

  • carry the travel certificate that corresponds to their situation and includes the different compelling reasons applicable to the country of origin;
  • carry a sworn statement attesting that they have no symptoms of Covid-19 infection and that they are not aware of any contact with a confirmed case of Covid-19 in the 14 days prior to travel ;
  • provide a negative PCR test of less than 72 hours or an antigen test carried out within 48 hours of departure ;
  • accept to do an antigen test upon arrival if asked (for travelers aged 11 or over);
  • depending on the test result upon arrival, you will be required to isolate yourself according to health insurance rules.

 

The measures applying to vaccinated parents also apply to their accompanying minor children, whether they are vaccinated or not. Nevertheless, minors between 12 and 18 years of age must present a negative test if they are not vaccinated. Minors under 12 years old are exempt from doing a test.

 

Find more information in the article “I am currently abroad”

Conditions of travel on the French territory

 

Since March 14, 2022, the “vaccination pass” requirement has been suspended in all places where it was required (leisure and cultural venues, commercial catering activities, trade fairs and exhibitions, etc.).

 

Nevertheless, a “health pass” is required to enter healthcare facilities, retirement homes, establishments for the frail or disabled, etc.

 

The “health pass” is valid upon presentation of one of the following three proofs:

  • A negative result of a virological screening test (PCR or antigenic) with Covid-19 of less than 24 hours ;
  • Proof of Covid-19 vaccination status ;
  • A certificate of recovery from Covid-19.

 

In order to travel and access the overseas departments and regions (DROM), different sanitary measures must be respected depending on the destination.

 

Find all the information about the “vaccine pass” and the different travel conditions on the “I am currently in France” page.

Travel conditions to go outside the European area

 

Any vaccinated traveler will be able to travel outside the European area without providing a compelling reason.

 

Any traveler wishing to travel to a country outside the European area, in accordance with the classification of countries according to their health situation, will have to justify a compelling reason if he or she is not vaccinated.

 

The travel certificate that you will have to come with and the measures applying to your trip are available here.

 

It will also be necessary to inquire about health measures to be respected in the country of destination.

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