France Travel Requirements: What to Know Before Visiting

France Travel Requirements: What to Know Before Visiting

Bonjour, France!

Excited to see the Eiffel Tower and The Louvre in Paris? Or perhaps you want to witness the lavender fields of Provence? We’re all one step closer to realising our travel goals in France as it’s welcoming tourists with very loose COVID-19 restrictions. Here are the France travel requirements you need to know!

France entry requirements

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Following the example of the United Kingdom, France has scrapped all domestic COVID-19 restrictions. All vaccinated travellers are welcome to enter France without submitting a negative COVID-19 test. Unvaccinated travellers, or those who are not fully vaccinated, may only enter the country for special circumstances and must have a compelling reason to travel. Leisure travel is not considered as a compelling reason. 

Fully vaccinated travellers who are 18 years old and over are also required to have a booster shot if they had completed their first set of vaccines over nine months before travelling to France.

France accepts the following vaccines: Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca, and Johnson & Johnson. Sinovac and Sinopharm are also accepted if the traveller’s booster is Moderna or Pfizer.

Pre-arrival and arrival documents for vaccinated travellers

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As mentioned above, fully vaccinated travellers don’t need to present any negative test results. The country’s Vaccine Pass and Health Pass used for public places and transportation have also been scrapped

However, travellers need to fill out a sworn declaration to present to border officials. The declaration must state that they have no COVID-19 symptoms and have not been in contact with a positive COVID-19 case in the past 14 days before travelling. The declaration will also ask for travellers’ consent to be possibly tested once they land in France. You may get the declaration template here

Upon arrival, travellers must download the TousAntiCovid app on their mobile phones.

In the case of children or dependents 

Children under 12 years old are exempted from all COVID-19 restrictions in France, which means they do not have to present a vaccination certificate either. Unvaccinated children who are 12 years and older can enter France if they present a negative RT-PCR test result taken in the last 72 hours. Rapid antigen test results taken within 48 hours pre-departure are also accepted. 

Singapore – France VTL

Singapore currently maintains a Vaccinated Travel Lane with France, which allows quarantine-free travel between the two countries. Fully vaccinated Singaporeans may travel to France without submitting a negative COVID-19 test result. They must also fill out the sworn declaration to confirm they have no COVID-19 symptoms. 

However, starting 1 April 2022, Singapore will be dropping its VTLs. All travellers vaccinated against COVID-19 and children aged 12 and below will be able to enter Singapore with just a pre-departure COVID-19 test starting from 11.59pm on 31 March 2022.

Find out more about travelling to Singapore here

Also read: VTL Destinations Guide: List of Singapore’s Vaccinated Travel Lanes

During your stay

france travel requirements

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Wearing masks is still compulsory when riding cabs or hired private vehicles. However, travellers and tourists no longer need to wear masks inside buildings except in hospitals and care homes. As the vaccine pass has been scrapped, there’s no need to present anything when going inside bars, cafes, museums, cinemas, and theme parks. 

Also read: Canada Entry Requirements: What to Know When Travelling During COVID-19

After a few years of being extra cautious in our travels, it’s time to relax and just enjoy the experience of discovering new places again. France is the perfect destination for some R&R and adventure right now, don’t you think? Be sure to follow these France travel requirements for a hassle-free vacay!


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Therese Sta. Maria
Therese Sta. Maria

Therese's close friends know that if they haven’t seen her around recently, then she’s probably having an adventure with her luggage and camera in hand. Though she loves staying at home and spending lazy afternoons with friends, there are times when she has to be "away from home to feel at home," — that’s when she’s bitten by the travel bug. See her travels on Instagram @reesstamaria.

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