Reopening of the borders: what you need to know

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No more wearing masks outdoors! Reopening of cafés and restaurants and… end of the curfew!

As of 17 June it is no longer compulsory to wear a mask in the outdoors ! It is only compulsory inside establishments and shops, and during large gatherings.

In addition, cafés, restaurants and cultural venues have been open for a few days now. You can enjoy a glass of wine on a terrace, taste local specialties, go to the cinema or go to a concert! You can enjoy the cultural and gastronomic establishments without any time limit. Because from this Sunday 20 June there will be no more curfew.

All these good news come with new measures which allow to travel to France more easily. Here’s what you need to know:

Reopening of borders

Since June 9th it is much easier to come to France! Reopening of the borders, classification by colour… Here is what you need to know:

Countries are now colour-coded.

“Green” countries are areas where the virus is not actively circulating, nor are any variants of concern identified. European area, Australia, Israel, Japan, Lebanon, South Korea, New Zealand, Singapore.

Les pays « oranges » sont des espaces où la circulation active du virus est considérée comme maîtrisée, sans diffusion de variants préoccupants.
Tous les pays, hors pays « verts » et « rouges ».

“Red” countries are areas where the virus is actively circulating, with the presence of variants of concern. Argentina, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, India, Nepal, Pakistan, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Suriname, Turkey, Uruguay

How to travel in France depending on your country?

What to do depending on your home country

If you are coming from a green country and have been vaccinated you just need to pack your bags! You will only be asked to present a full vaccination certificate*.

If you come from a green country and are not vaccinated you will need to present a negative PCR or antigenic test done less than 72 hours before boarding.

If you come from an orange country and are vaccinated you will be asked to present a full vaccination certificate*. You will also be required to present a negative PCR test done less than 72 hours before boarding, or a negative antigenic test done less than 48 hours before boarding.

If you come from an orange country and you are not vaccinated, there must be a compelling reason for your trip. (list of compelling reasons here). You will need to present a negative PCR test done less than 72 hours before boarding, or a negative antigenic test done less than 48 hours before boarding. On arrival, a random antigenic test may be performed. You will also have to comply with a 7-day self-isolation measure.  

If you come from a red country and you are vaccinated, there must be a compelling reason for your trip. (list of compelling reasons here). You will also need to present a negative PCR or antigenic test done less than 48 hours before boarding. On arrival an antigenic test will be performed. You will also have to comply with a 7-day self-isolation measure.

If you come from a red country and you are not vaccinated, there must be a compelling reason for your trip. (list of compelling reasons here). You will also need to present a negative PCR or antigenic test done less than 48 hours before boarding. On arrival an antigenic test will be performed. You will also have to respect a mandatory 10-day quarantine which will be controlled by the authorities.

*The vaccines accepted by France are those recognised by the European Medicines Agency (EMA): Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson. Proof of vaccination is only valid if it can be used to prove that a complete vaccination schedule has been completed, i.e. : – 2 weeks after the 2nd injection for double injection vaccines (Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca) ; – 4 weeks after the injection for vaccines with a single injection (Johnson & Johnson); – 2 weeks after injection for people with a history of Covid-19 (only 1 injection required)  

If you want to know more about the next steps of the lockdown lifting click here!

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