France Travel Restrictions and Resources
Updated: 15 July 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 a hassle free and 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.
France has recently added the United States to its 'green list' of countries. The change means that travelers from the US can now 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.
State Dept Advisory for France: Level 3: Reconsider travel to France due to COVID-19. Read more >
Proof of Vaccination required: 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 1st, anyone entering a public space like a restaurant, bar, shopping center etc in France must have their proof of vaccination OR negative PCR test less than 48 hours old available, as checks will be carried out.
What’s it like to travel to France?
Here is a helpful article detailing what travel to France is currently 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 normaly 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:
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.
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