Red, orange, green countries: updated travel rules in France

France introduced a red-amber-green travel system on June 9 that ranks countries based on their Covid-19 risk factor and has since updated the rules several times.

The rules for traveling between France and the green countries are the most relaxed, and the rules for traveling between France and the red countries are the strictest.

Countries can be moved between lists, and do so quite often.

France also singled out five countries on the green list – Spain, Portugal, Cyprus, the Netherlands and Greece, and one country on the orange list – the United Kingdom, to impose stricter rules on Covid tests before departure for unvaccinated travelers entering France.

For these countries only, unvaccinated travelers to France must have proof of a negative Covid test carried out within 24 hours of departure.

We explain the travel rules for traveling between France and the green, orange and red countries.

See here for any forms or documents you may need to fill out to travel to or from France.

Traveling between France and green countries

Countries where the spread of Covid is limited.

The 27 EU Member States, Andorra, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway, San Marino, Switzerland, Vatican, Albania, Australia, Brunei, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Canada, Hong Kong, Israel, Japan, Kosovo, Lebanon, North Macedonia, Montenegro, New Zealand, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, United States and Vanuatu.

People vaccinated and not vaccinated in France can travel from France to these countries, but this will also depend on the travel rules in force in each country.

Traveling between France and the Amber Countries

Countries where the Covid is actively spreading but in controlled proportions.

The majority of countries are listed as orange. This includes: UK, Ukraine, Belarus, Turkey, Mexico, Algeria, Libya, Egypt, Thailand, Kazakhstan, China, etc …

People vaccinated in France can travel to these countries – according to the rules set by each country.

People not vaccinated in France can only travel to these countries if they have an essential reason, which mainly includes the right to live or work in the country, and does not include tourism purposes.

Traveling between France and the red countries

Countries characterized by a particularly active circulation of the covid-19 epidemic or by the spread of certain worrying variants of SARS-CoV-2.

Afghanistan, Argentina, Bangladesh, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Democratic Republic of Congo, India, Indonesia, Maldives, Mozambique, Namibia, Nepal, Oman, Pakistan, Paraguay, Russia, Seychelles, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Suriname, Tunisia, Uruguay and Zambia.

People vaccinated in France can travel to these countries – according to the rules set by each country.

People not vaccinated in France can only travel to these countries if they have an essential reason, which mainly includes the right to live or work in the country, and does not include tourism purposes.

In both cases, the government advises against traveling to countries on the Red List.

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