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Covid Home Test for France Entry?

I keep seeing that the proctored BinaxNow home antigen tests are accepted for reentry into the US, but does anyone know if they are currently accepted for the flights entering to France? I keep getting mixed messages on this.

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Airlines in the states specifically list it as an option for returning to the USA, but not - for example - traveling to France. Since it's the airline employees or contracted document screeners that decide whether or not your documents meet the requirements, it's probably a good idea to take an administered test for peace of mind. I saw as couple have a problem with this at the airport. I also know someone who did it without issues, so it's hit or miss. I'd rather not take the chance.

Since France doesn't offer proctored video self-tests and French pharmacists/testing centers/etc will only do an administered test for a travel certificate, it's unlikely that a strict interpretation of the rules would allow it.

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I also have a question. Today I looked at the site about traveling to France and it appears that a negative PCR test is required 24-48 hours before entering the country regardless of vaccination status. First, am I correct that a PCR test and a home test are two different things?

If so, I am not sure how it can work when I am traveling Seattle to Dallas, Dallas to Frankfurt, and then Frankfurt to Paris (gotta love using frequent flier miles).

I don’t see that it is possible to even meet their requirements. . It appears that France considers the United States a “Red” country so I am assuming that makes the requirement 24 hours instead of 48.

Does anyone have good info about all of this. We are scheduled to travel in April.

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No, a PCR test is not required. It can be an antigen test as well which are usually easier to get. The rule is it has to be within 48 hours of your first flight if it’s a multi leg flight.

Here is the official verbiage:
“* 2.2. Health control measures*”

If already vaccinated, you shall present proof of your vaccination status and a sworn statement certifying the absence of COVID-19 symptoms and of any contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19. You shall present the transport company and border authorities with a negative PCR or antigen test taken less than 48 hears prior to departure (departure of first flight in case of connecting flights).

From this official French Government webpage. The US is a RED country at present.

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Pam is right. The standard for France is that the test has to be taken within the 48 hours prior to your departure for France — I.e. in your case, in the 48 hours prior to the departure of your flight from Seattle.