France COVID Restrictions for Business Aviaton

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French border reopens
Update: From 4 December 2021, any person aged 12 and over entering French territory must present a negative PCR or antigen test less than 24 or 48 hours old, depending on the country of origin. The only exception is for people with a complete vaccination schedule arriving from a Member State of the European Union, Andorra, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway, San Marino, the Holy See or Switzerland. These people do not have to present a test. For the latest France travel restrictions visit our article on Europe COVID Ops.

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France has reopened its borders to vaccinated travelers starting June 9, 2021. Here’s what you need to know:

France color tiers for entry

France has created color-coded tiers (green/orange/red) for countries based on their current risk level due to COVID.

Liste des pays au 6 janvier 2022


Fully-vaccinated travelers (including from U.S.) can enter France for tourism – but test now required for most

Open for tourism to fully vaccinated travelers. Countries on the Red list, like the U.S., are subject to possible testing on arrival.

    • France is the first EU country to offer a digital health pass for vaccinated non-EU citizens/residents. However, we’re getting reports it’s a slow process to obtain this. We’ve received on the ground intel that most establishments will accept a vaccine card. Read details here.
    • France now requires that passengers on domestic legs provide proof of vaccination, recovery, or a negative PCR test. In addition, crew are required to provide this. This does not change active crew health entry requirements for international ops into France; just domestic legs in country.

France downgraded the U.S. from its Orange List to the Red List . The downgrade means that non-vaccinated travelers from the U.S. can only enter France for essential reasons. Canada remains on France’s Orange List.

See color code specifics below.

France’s color codes and what they mean

  • Green countries: Fully vaccinated travelers coming from these countries can enter with proof of vaccination and a negative COVID test (PCR or antigen) performed in the 48 hours before departure; this testing rule does not apply to travelers coming from a European Area nation. Travelers who are not fully vaccinated require a negative PCR or antigen test performed within the 48 hours before entering France, with the exception of travelers entering from a European Area nation, who require a negative test (PCR or antigen) within 24 hours before departing for France, and all unvaccinated travelers must sign a statement agreeing they may be retested upon arrival in France. This includes land and sea travelers as well as air travelers. There is no quarantine requirement. Orange countries.

  • Orange countries:  Fully vaccinated travelers must present proof of vaccination and a negative COVID test performed with the 48 hours prior to departure for France; no quarantine is necessary. France accepts the CDC card as sufficient proof of vaccination for entry. Unvaccinated or partially vaccinated travelers must provide a compelling reason for travel (see Compelling Reasons, below), a negative COVID test (PCR or antigen) performed in the 48 hours before departure, except for travelers coming from the United Kingdom, whose test must be performed within the 24 hours prior to travel. All travelers will be tested again upon arrival, and must self-isolate upon arrival for 7 days, 10 days if they test positive upon arrival.  At the end of the 7 days they must take a PCR test.

  • Red countries: Fully vaccinated travelers need proof of vaccination and a negative COVID test performed with the 48 hours prior to departure for France; no quarantine is necessary. Unvaccinated or partially vaccinated travelers are restricted to certain categories of travelers who must show a compelling reason for travel.

  • Scarlett countries: All travelers, whether vaccinated or not must have a compelling reason from the list of compelling reasons on the appropriate attestation form, a negative PCR test performed within the 48 hours before departure or a negative antigen test performed within the 24 hours before departure, complete the form at and be screened upon arrival, quarantine or isolate for 10 days upon arrival in France.

Vaccines accepted by France

Vaccine proofThe vaccines recognized by France are: Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson.

Vaccine conditions

Proof of vaccination is only valid at the conditions:

  • 2 weeks after 2 dose for Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca
  • 4 weeks after injection of Johnson & Johnson
  • 2 weeks after 1 injection for persons who had Covid 19 (1 shot necessary only)

What is considered proof of vaccination?

We do not anticipate France will be very picky regarding vaccination proof. As long as the vaccine card (such as the one provided to vaccinated U.S. citizens from the CDC) shows the date of both vaccines, it should be accepted.

Universal Aviation France can help

Universal Aviation Paris Our award-winning Universal Aviation France team is standing by and ready to support you missions to any part of France. Please contact us with any questions about upcoming missions to the country.

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