French borders reopened June 9, 2021 – entry requirements

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


French borders reopened June 9, 2021

After weeks of speculation and anticipation, France officially reopened its borders for summer 2021. Like many countries, France has created color-coded tiers (green/orange/red) for countries based on their current risk level due to COVID.

United States & Canada travelers upgraded to Green Status

On June 17, 2021 the U.S. and Canada were upgraded from orange status to green. This means vaccinated travelers, with proof, are allowed entry for any reason and are exempt from all testing and quarantine and non-vaccinated travelers are allowed entry for any reason and are exempt from quarantine but are required to provide a negative PCR or antigenic test 72 hours before boarding.

See color code specifics below.


France’s color codes and what they mean

Green countries:

  • Vaccinated travelers, with proof, are allowed entry for any reason and are exempt from all testing and quarantine.
  • Non-vaccinated travelers are allowed entry for any reason and are exempt from quarantine but are required to provide a negative PCR or antigenic test 72 hours before boarding.

Orange countries (United States is currently orange)

  • Vaccinated travelers, with proof, are allowed entry for any reason and are exempt from quarantine but may be required to provide a negative PCR 72 hours before entry, or a negative antigenic test 48 hours before boarding. Testing requirements for citizens of orange countries, such as the U.S., may be subject to reciprocity and there are ongoing discussions between the U.S. and France on this.
  • Non-vaccinated travelers must have a compelling entry and are required to provide a negative PCR 72 hours before entry, or a negative antigenic test 48 hours before boarding. They are also subject to a random antigenic test on arrival and seven days of self quarantine upon entry.

Red countries

  • Vaccinated travelers, with proof, must have a compelling entry and are required to provide a negative PCR< 48 hours hours before entry, or a negative antigenic test 48 hours before boarding. They will be required to have a systematic antigenic test on arrival and seven days of self quarantine upon entry.
  • Non-vaccinated travelers must have a compelling entry and are required to provide a negative PCR < 48 hours before entry, or a negative antigenic test 48 hours before boarding. They will be required to have a systematic antigenic test on arrival and mandatory 10 days of police-monitored quarantine.

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.


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