France announces new entry conditions for non-Europeans

France announces new entry conditions for non-Europeans

TORONTO — France has announced new entry requirements for non-European people, effective immediately.

As of Dec. 4, all persons aged 12 years and older who travel to France are required to carry the following:

  • Proof of a full course of vaccination
  • RT-PCR or antigenic test that detects SARS-CoV-2, performed less than 48 hours before the departure of the first flight in case of connecting flights
  • Sworn declaration, which can be downloaded from the Interior Ministry’s website stating that they have no symptoms of COVID-19 infection and have not been in contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 in the 14 days prior to their journey

More information can be found here.

To obtain a valid French COVID certificate, visitors can opt for either a ‘border pass’ (foreign health proofs – vaccination scheme or test – in electronic or paper version), or an ‘activity pass.’

For an activity pass, the French government has set up equivalence systems in order to obtain a QR code valid on French territory for non-European nationals. This procedure is now carried out in a pharmacy in France by presenting a passport and proof of vaccination. Complete the following steps to obtain an activity pass:

  • Step 1: Go to the pharmacy once arrived on the French territory.
    The pharmacies already offering this service are listed here.
  • Step 2: Present a passport and the original vaccination certificate in paper format.
    These mandatory documents must include, in a legible way, the last name, first name, date of birth as well as the date of vaccination, the used vaccine, if possible, the batch number, the number of doses injected and the country of vaccination.
  • Step 3: Download TousAntiCovid application then scan your new QR Code to import it.

A temporary QR code valid for 24 hours can also be generated by a healthcare professional following a negative RT-PCR or antigen test.

Only vaccines authorized by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) will be accepted, including Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria), Johnson & Johnson and AstraZeneca (Covishield).

For more information about COVID certificates to enter France, click here.