France Travel Restrictions
We’ll keep you updated with France travel restrictions, the UK’s traffic light system and when you can come and visit Les Gets and Morzine for a holiday in France.
France travel restrictions
11 June 2021
A quick guide to France’s traffic light system:
Green list countries:
If travelling from a country on the green list, travellers will not need to have an essential reason to enter France or to self-isolate.
If you are fully vaccinated you will not need a pre-departure test.
The countries currently on France’s green list are: the European area (defined by the French Ministry of the Interior as EU Member States, Andorra, Holy See, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway, San Marino and Switzerland), Australia, South Korea, Israel, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, Lebanon.
Amber list countries:
Travellers who are fully vaccinated, will need to have proof of a negative PCR test within 72 hours of departure, or a negative antigen test result within 48 hours of departure. You will not need to justify an essential reason for travel or to self-isolate on arrival.
Those who are not fully vaccinated will only be permitted to travel for essential reasons (from the list specified for this category of country). They will need to carry certain documentation on arrival and will need to isolate for 7 days after arrival, then take another PCR test following this period of self-isolation.
If you are not fully vaccinated, you will need to have an essential reason to travel from France to a country on their amber list. If you are fully vaccinated, you do not need to complete the certificate to leave metropolitan France.
The countries on the amber list include the UK.
Red list countries:
If travelling from a country on the red list, you must have an essential reason for travel (from the list specified for this category of country).
You will need to carry the following documents when arriving in France:
- a negative PCR or antigen test result from within 48 hours of departure;
- a completed International Travel Certificate to confirm your essential reason for travel; and
- a completed ‘sworn statement’ (déclaration sur l’honneur) form self-certifying they are not suffering from symptoms associated with coronavirus and have not been in contact with confirmed cases in the preceding fortnight. This can be found on the French government’s website.
You will be required to take an antigen test on arrival.
If not fully vaccinated, you will have to self-isolate for 10 days, and could be subject to security checks.
If you are fully vaccinated, you will need to self-isolate for 7 days.
If you are travelling from France to a country on the red list, you will need to complete the international travel certificate, to confirm your essential reason to travel.
The countries currently on France’s red list are: South Africa, Argentina, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Surinam, Turkey, Uruguay.
10 June 2021
A national curfew is in place from 11pm to 6am, during which an attestation (self-certified document) is required to leave home. Attestations are available on the French Interior Ministry website and through the ‘Tous anti-Covid’ digital app. There are no internal travel restrictions in France. From 9 June, indoor hospitality and sports venues are reopening.
9 June 2021
France is open to international travellers.
Entry requirements and regulations depend on the country you are travelling from.
You can find a handy guide on the easyJet website. easyJet has announced that affordable PCR tests will also be available for £43 each when flying with the airline.
The UK and the USA are currently on France’s orange list, where a PCR test is needed for entry. All of the EU and Schengen zone countries are on the green list.
Take a look at our chalet availability or give us a call for more details. We have a new flexible summer booking policy and flexible ski holiday policy to give you peace of mind when booking.
6 June 2021
Strategy for reopening of borders from 9 June onwards
From 9 June onwards, tourist traffic between France and foreign countries will be reopened under procedures which vary depending on the health situation in the other country and the vaccination status of travellers.
Countries have been classified on the basis of health indicators. The country lists are liable to be adjusted depending on changes in their epidemic situations (the lists can be found here: https://www.gouvernement.fr/info-coronavirus/deplacements).
The United Kingdom is currently in the “Amber” category
Travellers wishing to go abroad must find out in advance about any restrictions imposed by the destination countries (find out more here: https://www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/fr/conseils-aux-voyageurs). You are strongly advised not to travel to “red” countries.
France accepts the vaccines recognized by the European Medicines Agency (EMA): Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson.
Proof of vaccination is valid only if it shows that the full course of the vaccine has been administered, i.e.:
2 weeks after the 2nd injection for two-dose vaccines (Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca);
4 weeks after the injection for single-dose vaccines (Johnson & Johnson) ;
2 weeks after the vaccine for people who have previously had COVID-19 (only 1 injection needed).
For more information, visit the Consulat website
3 June 2021
From Monday 31 May, travel to France from the UK is permitted only for EU nationals, French residents, or those travelling for one of the essential reasons set out by the French Government. This applies to all air, car, ferry and train passengers.
Arrivals from the UK who are resident in France may need to show proof of residence. Those who are not French residents or EU nationals will need to complete an International Travel Certificate to confirm their essential reason for travel.
Arrivals from the UK will need to complete a ‘sworn statement’ (déclaration sur l’honneur) form self-certifying they are not suffering from symptoms associated with coronavirus and have not been in contact with confirmed cases in the preceding fortnight. This can be found on the French government’s website.
The French government strongly advises limiting international travel to a minimum.
Find out more at gov.uk
28 May 2021
From 31 May, travel to France from the UK is only permitted for EU nationals, French residents, or those travelling for essential reasons.
Find out more at gov.uk
6 May 2021
Travellers from England will be allowed to travel internationally from 17 May 2021. The government’s traffic light system has released a list of destinations in the green, amber and red categories.
France has been placed in the amber category (see below for the entry and quarantine details). The traffic light system will be reviewed every three weeks and Grant Shapps, Secretary of State for Transport in the UK, has hinted that more countries such as France will be added to the green list as their vaccination numbers increase, meaning you won’t have to quarantine on your return.
1 May 2021
President Emmanuel Macron has just announced his plan for easing Covid restrictions in France. The four-step plan starts this Monday, allowing domestic travel to reopen. Foreign travellers will be welcomed back to France from 9 June 2021 if they have a certificate of vaccination or a negative PCR test*.
Our chalets are opening for summer stays from 6 June so, when you feel ready, get in touch to book.
Key dates from President Macron
3 May: Domestic travel reopens
19 May: Non-essential businesses can reopen
19 May: Restaurants and cafes will welcome customers outdoors, with a maximum of six people per table
9 June: Foreign tourists can enter the country if they have a certificate of vaccination or a negative PCR test
30 June: The nighttime curfew, and most other restrictions, will be lifted
*These French reopening dates are provisional and subject to change.
Full details, including curfew times, can be found on government websites.
A guide to the traffic light system
This month, the UK government confirmed international travel will be based on a traffic light system. When international travel reopens for UK travellers, countries will be categorised as green, amber or red destinations.
Here is a quick overview of what that means…
Our chalets open on 6 June