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Local news sources in France reported on Tuesday that the EU nation will drop all Covid testing requirements for fully vaccinated travelers that are currently in place by next week.

The change will affect all international arrivals aged 12 and over to France from outside of the European Union and Schengen Area, which includes those arriving from the UK as well as the United States and Canada.

Europe minister Clément Beaune made the announcement, stating that, “We again required tests in December over the Omicron variant. In the coming days we will announce that tests are no longer needed for vaccinated people.” 

“This week there will probably be a new European protocol for vaccinated people arriving from outside the EU, with eased measures,” she added.

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Current Travel Restrictions For France

At this time, all international visitors aged 12 and over coming from the U.S., Canada and the UK who wish to travel to France must show a negative Covid test result taken no later than 48 hours from arrival.

This travel entry requirement currently applies to all fully vaccinated arrivals from those countries on France’s “orange” list.

exterior of the famous Cafe de Flore in Paris, France

What About Unvaccinated Travelers To France?

Under the current guidance, unvaccinated persons are allowed to enter France for essential reasons only. Those travelers will have to present a negative Covid test taken no later than 48 hours from arrival, and 24 hours from arrival if you’re coming from the UK.

If you’ve arrived in France for essential reasons but are considering unvaccinated, you will not be able to access a number of services such as bars, restaurants, museums and long-distance trains.

Alexander III Bridge in Paris, France lit up in the evening

Booster Dose Needed For France’s ‘Vaccine Pass’

And according to the latest updated travel rules for France, you are considered unvaccinated if you haven’t received a booster dose of the Covid vaccine after 270 days of having completed your full course (two or one dose, depending on the brand) of an accepted Covid vaccine for travel to France.

Following the guidance for the booster jab will allow you to get France’s “vaccine pass” to access most services.

birds eye view of the Champs-Elysees in Paris, France at night

To clarify, the official government website states that, “Since February 1st, 2022, in order to continue to be considered as fully vaccinated, persons aged eighteen or over wishing to enter the national territory must have received a dose of complementary messenger RNA vaccine no later than 9 months following the injection of the last required dose.”

This requirement is becoming more common in destinations throughout Europe, as well as parts of the United States.

two people with masks walking outside of a patio restaurant on the streets of Paris, Frane

Portugal And Greece Among Other EU Nations Removing Entry Requirements

This week’s travel update comes with other EU Member States who’ve recently relaxed their entry requirements for fully vaccinated international visitors. 

Earlier this month, the EU countries of Portugal and Greece both scraped their negative Covid test requirements for all international arrivals who’ve been fully vaccinated against Covid. As two major travel destinations, this came as good news to fully vaccinated travelers. We’ll keep you updated on which country is next.

travelers near the Louvre outside in Paris on a foggy day

Other Countries Easing Travel Restrictions And Bans

Just last month, the nation of Norway removed its quarantine requirements for unvaccinated arrival. Testing requirements for entry will still apply to both unvaccinated and vaccinated travelers, however. The neighboring nation of Sweden recently removed all of its internal vaccine passports and mask mandates, citing a shift to a more living with the virus approach.

And, after international borders being totally closed off for also two years, Australia is scheduled to reopen its borders to fully vaccinated travelers from February 21st. 

If you’re planning a trip to France, check the official government page for the latest travel entry requirements before your travels.

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Christian

Saturday 12th of February 2022

France has been on my ban list for two years now.

Lee

Thursday 10th of February 2022

Hi everyone, I have a trip in March for Spain (from Canada ) I’m trying to find info but does Spain require pre covid test ? Now that France is removing this pre test I’m wondering if I need a test to enter Spain. Much appreciated thank you

Max

Thursday 10th of February 2022

Arrived to frankfurt from cancun, they wanted to see a boster (3rd dose)to give me the room in hotel as well as any coffee shop or resturant.

garrytravel

Wednesday 9th of February 2022

Big deal, one saves the price of a rapid test. The real issue is the boosters, because most people don't have them, and the data shows no great gain in protection with a booster against omnicron, which is barely a threat anyway. Macron, like Trudeau has made this such a centerpiece of their policy, dropping it is like admitting failure.

Dee

Wednesday 9th of February 2022

France is doing something right -- keeping unvaccinated tourists out and banning religious garb in public. Sounds like paradise to me.