France transferred 30 third countries to its green list allowing its citizens to visit tourism without testing restrictions, French authorities announced on Thursday.
Most EU and Schengen countries are already on France’s green list. The UK, US and Australia will remain on the orange list for now.
These facilitated entry restrictions apply to anyone who can present a vaccine certificate. Unvaccinated passengers from green countries can enter but must still undergo COVID-19 testing.
“For unvaccinated travelers, the obligation to present a negative test to travel to France remains, but the measures on arrival (testing, isolation) are lifted when they come from countries on the “green” list, characterized by a moderate circulation of the virus ” , says a government statement.
Unvaccinated visitors must present proof of a PCR test performed 72 hours prior to departure or a rapid antigen test performed 48 hours prior to arrival in France.
The vaccination certificate is valid as long as it demonstrates that the holder has completed the vaccination process within the last nine months or received a booster dose.
The 29 new green listed countries include South Africa, Angola, Argentina, Bahamas, Bangladesh, Botswana, Benin, Bolivia, Canada, Les Comores, Djibouti, Eswatini, India, Iraq, Jamaica, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Lesotho, Namibia, Oman, Pakistan, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines , Dominican Republic, Saint Kitts and Nevis, El Salvador, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
“No restrictions apply when entering metropolitan France from a green-listed country or territory. No compelling reason is needed for anyone traveling to France,” notes the Ministry.
About travelers visiting from countries listed in orange, they must provide proof of vaccination.
France accepts the CDC card as proof of vaccination. Unvaccinated or partially vaccinated travelers must present acompelling reason to visit the country.
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