France Travel Updates - Feb 22

I came across this article that France banned travellers from entering if double-jabbed over nine months ago and who are not boosted. Could somebody locally confirm this is true?

Hi @BunnyCat I think it’s always better to use a government source as things can change rapidly. Here’s what I just found: Coming to France?

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Ok, thank you. I was able to confirm that the information is correct.

Since January 30, 2022, in order to continue to be considered as fully vaccinated, persons aged eighteen and one month or over wishing to enter the national territory must have received a dose of complementary messenger RNA vaccine no later than 9 months following the injection of the last required dose.

Hi @BunnyCat … sadly this is true. France has just introduced it’s Pass Vaccinal… an update to the Pass Sanitaire which has much stricter requirements and they appear to be clamping down more and more, whereas other countries are moving towards easing their restrictions. They seem to be changing the rules on a weekly basis at the moment and it’s hard to keep track.

We’ve been living in France for the past 15 months as residents and have just returned to the UK, possibly for longer than we’d expected because we are finding the restrictions in France more and more oppressive and divisive. We are fortunate that we have a compelling reason as residents and UK citizens to move freely across the border but as a tourist, if you haven’t had a booster you will need to follow the rules for unvaccinated entry.

“If you received your primary course of full vaccination over nine months ago and have not had a Covid-19 vaccine booster (for anyone aged 18 or over) you must follow the rules applicable to unvaccinated passengers when travelling to France.”

As @Snowbird mentions the best place to keep up-to-date is on the official French Government site which offers information in English here:

Be aware also that there are special regulations for entry from the UK.

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Wow, I guess this was inevitable. Glad we’ve had our booster but you sure can’t book anything way in advance any more.

Yep! We are full-time sitters who managed to get vaccinated in France last July. But the validity of our Covid pass expires on the 8th of Feb if we don’t get the booster.
So guess where we’re off tomorrow! :joy:

Can’t you get a booster there?

Where? We are in Spain at the moment and nope, only residents.

Oh I misunderstood. Thought you were in France. I see what you mean now. :slight_smile:

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Reason why is there are tremendous new cases…

Are you not able to get your booster while you’re in France? Or do you have to go back to the UK to get it?

@Candide Yet they now have one of highest vaccination rates of Europe. I tend to think (just my personal view) the PV is a de facto attempt to get closer to mandatory vaccinations which currently keep being debated and overturned. But that’s a huge topic and not for this space.

For now those with up-to-date and continued vaccination schedules will have no problem travelling to France. Let’s hope the peak has been reached and there’s possibility for some relaxation of regs soon.

Does anyone know what France requires as proof of Vaccination (for a Canadian)? I haven’t been able to find specific info online. Thanks.

@Kelownagurl : Here is what can be seen on the french government official web site :

  • For travelers vaccinated within the meaning of European regulations, no more tests is required on departure. Proof of a complete vaccination schedule becomes sufficient to arrive in France, regardless of the country of origin, as was the case before the distribution of the Omicron variant.

  • For unvaccinated travellers, the obligation to present a negative test to travel to France remains, but the measures on arrival (test, isolation) are lifted when they come from countries on the “green” list, characterized by a moderate circulation of the virus.

  • When unvaccinated travelers come from a country on the “orange” list, they must continue to present a compelling reason justifying the need for them to come to mainland France and may still be subject to a random test on arrival. Travelers who test positive will have to isolate themselves, in accordance with the recommendations of the Health Insurance.

Canada is a “green” contry.

Hope it helps ?

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So if I just print off my vaccination proof provided by the Canadian govt, that should be sufficient then? Looks like it. Thanks.

@Kelownagurl It is what I understand too : should your vaccination scheme meets the European regulations : 2 doses + 1 boost (or 2 doses + 1 recovering from Covid / as long as you can prove it !).

May I ask where do you go dog-sitting in France ?

Thanks for the information. I think my federal certificate is pretty official looking and has all the info they want so I will make sure I have that with me.

We have done two sits in France so far, one was near Toulouse and one was in the Charente. We’ve just applied for one in the fall in southern France. We do try to stay in the southern half of the country because it’s warmer.

We have a tough time finding sits that are just right though, most are too isolated. We really want to be in a village or small town, walking distance to shops etc.

I’m sure you’ll find some : they are actually lots of house-sits in France !
Good luck et bienvenue en France ! :fr: :rooster:

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