France Travel: How To Visit In May

Whilst many EU countries have scrapped all travel restrictions (Greece becomes the latest European country to do so from May onwards), there are still travel restrictions in place in over half of all European countries.

For anyone planning a trip to France, there has never been an easier time to travel to France since the beginning of the pandemic. For most people, this just means keeping up to date with your Covid-19 vaccinations and filling out a form–not a lot of hassle before finding oneself eating fresh croissants on a Parisian sidewalk or moules frites in a seaside bistro.

The following rules apply for entering France:

  • Countries are currently classified as green (where no active circulation of the virus is observed and no variants of concern are identified) or orange (where there is an active circulation of the virus in controlled proportions). Anyone can enter from a green-list country for non-essential travel.
  • Fully vaccinated individuals can enter without a Covid-19 test result at the border–the unvaccinated will need to bring proof of a negative test result.
  • Anyone with a booster can enter France and would be considered fully vaccinated by EU standards. Anyone who has been vaccinated but not had a booster must have one within 9 months to still be considered fully vaccinated.
  • There are two forms to fill in, depending on where you are traveling from.

The green list includes every country in the EU (plus Andorra, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway, San Marino, Switzerland and the Vatican) and these countries: Albania, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Aruba, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belize, Benin, Bolivia, Bonaire St. Eustatius and Saba, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Bhutan, Brazil, British Virgin Islands, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Canada, Chad, Chile, Colombia, Comoros, Congo, Costa Rica, Côte d’Ivoire, Cuba, Curaçao, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, East Timor, Eswatini, Ethiopia, Faroe Islands, Fiji, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Greenland, Grenada, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Honduras, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kiribati, Kosovo, Kuwait, Laos, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Maldives, Malawi, Malaysia, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mexico, Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Montserrat, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nepal, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Northern Macedonia, Oman, Pakistan, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Qatar, Rwanda, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Serbia, Seychelles, Solomon Islands, South Africa, South Korea, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Taiwan, Tanzania, Togo, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Turks and Caicos Islands, Uganda, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States of America, Uruguay, Vanuatu, Venezuela, Vietnam, Virgin Islands, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Every other country is on the orange list.

The U.S. State Department currently rates France as a Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention currently ranks France at a Level 3: High, meaning that if travelers are not up to date with their Covid-19 vaccines, they should avoid travel to France.

The CDC recently removed 89 countries from its ‘Do Not Travel’ list, leaving just 10% of its travel advisories on the highest level, as reported by USA Today.

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