Travel restrictions

France ends all Covid-19 travel restrictions and tests

It was one of the last European countries to do so, but this month France rolled back all of its Covid-19 travel restrictions and testing requirements for all travelers entering the country.

Crucially, France has emerged from the state of emergency that President Macron’s government instituted at the start of the pandemic, meaning the country demands less bureaucracy from its visitors.

From August 1, 2022, it is no longer necessary to present proof of having had Covid-19, any vaccinations or the results of any tests. It is also not compulsory to sign an attestation stating that you are free of symptoms of Covid-19 (which was necessary until last week). For vaccinated and unvaccinated people, it is also not mandatory for visitors to justify their trip.

The new situation still allows the Ministry of Health to quickly introduce new restrictions, if a new variant is discovered, for example. These rules remain in place until March 2023 and any border changes would not need to come back to parliament, and could therefore be implemented quickly.

Masks are still mandatory in medical establishments (like hospitals and nursing homes) and still worn in a large number of pharmacies. The government still advises people to wear masks on public transport and in travel hubs, such as airports and train stations, but they are no longer mandatory.

It is up to each airline to determine whether masks are required on board and many, such as easyJet, decide on a case-by-case basis depending on the laws of the country in which they are landing.

France now joins the vast majority of European countries that have dropped Covid-19 travel restrictions entirely since their introduction in 2020. In July, Portugal, Estonia and Finland removed travel restrictions.