Travel Alert: France [December 31, 2021]

Travel Alert

Authorities are maintaining enhanced entry restrictions for travelers from the UK as of December 31st. Entry from the UK is currently prohibited with limited exceptions. Such arrivals must possess a negative PCR or antigen test taken in the 24 hours prior to travel, regardless of vaccination status, and self-isolate for seven days on entry; isolation can be ended after 48 hours on confirmation of a second negative PCR result. Officials have announced that UK nationals will be allowed to transit to France if they are traveling to their residence elsewhere in the EU.

Domestic Measures

Authorities will impose tougher domestic restrictions nationwide effective January 3rd through at least January 23rd due to concerns regarding the Omicron variant of COVID-19. Remote working will be required for a minimum of three days a week where possible. Indoor gatherings will have a maximum capacity of 2,000 people, while outdoor gatherings will be capped at 5,000 people.

Health passes are required to access catering facilities, bars, holiday accommodation, cultural and leisure venues, and long-distance domestic travel by plane, train, or bus. Health passes are mandatory for individuals over the age of 12 and staff in many sectors. Health passes are used to show evidence of vaccination, recovery from COVID-19 within the last six months, or a negative test result for COVID-19 taken in the previous 24 hours. A booster shot is required for over-65s and individuals who received the Janssen vaccine for the health pass to remain valid. From January 15th, vaccinated individuals who received their last dose over seven months ago must receive a booster shot for the Health Pass to remain valid.

Most businesses and services are permitted to operate subject to health requirements; nightclubs are to remain closed and bars and restaurants will only be permitted to serve seated customers. Dancing is prohibited in bars and restaurants. Masks are mandatory for individuals over the age of 11 in all indoor public spaces and for everyone in city centers.

International Travel Restrictions

All arrivals from locations outside the EU must present a negative result from a COVID-19 test taken no more than 48 hours before departure. Additionally, travelers from EU countries without a certificate of vaccination or recovery must possess a negative result from a test taken less than 24 hours before travel. Flights with Morocco are suspended until at least December 31st.

France uses a four-tiered, color-coded system to classify countries based on COVID-19 risk and imposes entry restrictions accordingly. Green countries are those assessed to have the lowest disease risk, with orange countries being considered moderate risk, red being those with high risk, and scarlet being those with the highest risk typically due to the presence of the Omicron variant of the disease.

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