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France Travel Restrictions and Resources

Updated: 07 Sept 2021

France is again open to American travelers from the US and we are operating all our trips as normal. You can look forward to an enjoyable trip to France. We have prepared this information to help you plan your trip, but you should check the official websites and your airline requirements well in advance of travel.

Travel Restrictions

Travelers from the US can travel to France without the need to quarantine if they are fully vaccinated OR present a negative test result. Learn more at the US Embassy in France website here. Unvaccinated minors will be allowed to enter alongside vaccinated adults, but children 11 and older will need to show proof of a negative test result. Whilst the French government previously announced that a health pass will also be required to access transport, shops, restaurants etc in France, there has been no clear guidance on what pass will be accepted from non-EU or UK travelers. The US embassy website reports that they will update the site as soon as this information is confirmed or clarified.

State Dept Advisory for France: Level 4: Do not travel to France due to COVID-19.  Read more >

Proof of Vaccination required for entry to France: CDC-issued Covid Vaccination Card. A Digital Covid Certificate may soon be accepted, and we will update this page accordingly. More Information can be found here.

What can I expect when I arrive in France?

Life in France is returning to normal. Shops, hotels and restaurants are open. Some restrictions continue, which include facemasks in enclosed public places and public transport, a limit of 6 people per table in restaurants, 1m social distancing and quarantine in case of a positive test or close contact. Full up to date information is available here.

From August 9th, anyone entering a public space like a restaurant, bar, shopping center etc in France must have a "health pass", as checks will be carried out. A CDC card will not be accepted. Read the US Embassy guide to getting a health pass if you were vaccinated outside the EU, or go straight to the France Connect health pass application portal.

What’s it like to travel to France?

Here is a helpful article detailing a journey to France from the USA in summer 2021, for an insight on what it is like.

Where can I get Covid tested in France?

Antigen and PCR tests are widely available in France, with many pharmacies offering antigen tests (approx. €30), with rapid results and larger centers PCR tests (approx. €55 - €70), results normally in 24 hours.

You can find a test center through this government website and find a more detailed article here. Locals also find this site useful for easy testing. Some testing centers require appointments and turnaround over weekends may be slower so we suggest planning well in advance.

Returning from France to the USA:

You will need to get tested (PCR or Antigen) no more than 3 days before you travel by air into the United States (US) and show your negative result to the airline before you board your flight, or be prepared to show documentation of recovery (proof of a recent positive viral test and a letter from your healthcare provider or a public health official stating that you were cleared to travel). Read more >

Useful information resources:

US Embassy in France Website

US State Department Travel Advisory for France

CDC Travel Advice Page

Re-Open EU – Information on various measures in place across the EU.

Additional trip specific information:

Tour du Mont Blanc:
We are operating the TMB as normal but please check the Italy and Switzerland information pages for up to date information.

Chamonix Covid testing: LBM MIRIALIS CHAMONIX (HOSPITAL)
509 Route des Pèlerins, 74400 Chamonix-Mont-Blanc, France

No appointment needed.
Contact: labo.chamonix@biogroup.fr
Opening hours : Monday : 14h-16h | Tuesday : 14h-16h | Wednesday : 14h-16h |Thursday : 14h-16h | Friday : 14h-16h | Saturday (every other week) : 11h00-12h00 | Sunday : closed

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