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Exact requirements for entry into France

I will be traveling to France in a couple of weeks. I am fully vaccinated. Do I need to get a Covid test before I get on the plane? Thanks

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You can find requirements here: https://www.iatatravelcentre.com/world.php y clicking on France on the map.

Your airline should also be communicating with you as to any requirements, since they will be checking them.

From what I see, if you have proof of vaccination, no, a test is not required. However, for your own safety, and others, you might consider getting a rapid antigen test before you fly; having negative results in hand is a great back-up if there are questions.

There is a form you need to fill out as well, like a health declaration and locator; and many on here have applied ahead for a Pass Sanitaire, France's system for verifying vaccination status, but your CDC card (if from the US) should suffice.

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I entered France last week.

All you need is proof of vaccination and the French locater form. If you can get the Pass Santaire it will make life easier.

One other thing you need......your passport.

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Thanks. Do they give you the French locater form on the plane?

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While I did not have a problem with this, if you are flying directly in to France, what others before me have said is good.

But if you are transiting through another country, then you should check that transit country's requirement.

For example, I just flew to Nice, France while transiting through Portugal, and so Portugal was my entry point into the EU (or "Schengen Area"). So I had to meet Portugal's entry requirement (which was EITHER a negative COVID test or EU Digital Health Pass, of which the French Pass Sanitaire counts). I actually had both as a "just in case" (I called ahead and the airline actually told me they would NOT accept the French Health Pass from a US citizen, but I tried it anyway at the airport and it worked).

But once I entered Portugal, I went through immigration there. Then my connecting flight to Nice had no checks whatsoever. Don't know if Paris would be more strict, but I was kinda surprised at not a single check through to Nice.

My return leg also connected through Portugal, and even though I was already in the Schengen area, they did ask for a negative covid test or EU Digital Pass again -- and again, the French Health pass worked for me. This time though I had the Negative covid test too because the US required that.

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We are in France now. Must be fully vaccinated. No Covid test needed. EU Digital Covid Certification (had to show this at hotel and all restaurants). Hope this helps.

Posted by
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Technically, it's the destination county that is the BEST and correct source of information, the US gov't isn't always going to be on top of what's going on and could provide wrong info

Posted by
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I agree, the destination country is more reliable than the State department.

I've been in France for almost three weeks. I have the pass. Every restaurant and museum has asked for it. Most hotels have as well if they offer breakfast as technically you must have it to eat inside the breakfast room.

I can't speak for Paris but I'm currently in Carcassonne. Yesterday, I heard the first English spoken by people on the street in ten days. Not many Americans or British where I've been and the locals have no idea what a CDC card is. And all but one of the places I've been are popular with RS followers.

All you still need to enter France is proof of vaccination, a filled out locater form and your passport.

Now that all you have to do is go to a designated pharmacy to get the Pass Sanitaire, my suggestion is to get one. It will make your visit easier.

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Thanks to all of you who have replied to my inquiry. I really appreciate it.

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And kids over 12 traveling with vaccinated parents will need covid test within 72 hours. My daughter will be 12 years and 1 day when we leave and will have only received the first Pfizer so she will need a test before leaving the US!