France Puts New Entry Rules In Place

In order to counter the spread of the Omicron variant, the French government has introduced new requirements for all travellers aged 12 years and older from countries outside the European Union, including Canada.

Effective, Dec. 4, 2021, travellers from non-European countries will have to present a RT-PCR or antigenic test that detects SARS-CoV-2, performed less than 48 hours before the departure of the first flight, in case of connecting flights; a statement of honour that they agree that a virological screening test or biological examination for SARS-CoV-2 may be performed upon arrival; and that they declare themselves free of COVID-19 symptoms or contact with a confirmed COVID-19 case.

The forms can be downloaded from the website of the Ministry of the Interior. There are no restrictions on entry into metropolitan France from a green zone country.

Vaccines accepted by France are those recognized by the European Medicines Agency (EMA): Pfizer’s Cominarty, Moderna’s Spikevax, AstraZeneca’s Vaxzevria and Johnson&Johnson’s Janssen. Covishield, R-Covi and Fiocruz vaccines are also recognized by France.

Proof of vaccination is only valid if it can attest to the completion of a complete vaccination schedule, i.e: – 7 days after the 2nd injection for double injection vaccines (Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca); – 28 days after injection for single injection vaccines (Janssen); – 7 days after injection for vaccines in people with a history of Covid-19 (only 1 injection required).

At this stage, the French authorities also accept the following vaccine combinations: AstraZeneca/Pfizer Comirnaty, AstraZeneca/Moderna and Pfizer/Moderna.

Children under 12 years of age are exempt from testing. Children 12 to 17 years of age, whether travelling alone, with a vaccinated adult or with a non-vaccinated adult, must follow the same rules as adults and present a test prior to boarding. Some airlines have partnerships to facilitate access to testing; travellers should check with their airline.

Testing services are offered by private companies, which determine the costs themselves. It is the responsibility of the applicant to make an appointment within the appropriate time frame.

To follow the evolution of the health situation and the French government’s decisions, go to the frequently asked questions section of the French Consulate in Montreal and the French Embassy in Canada, which are updated regularly.

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