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New Regulations for entering France

We have airline tickets for Paris (group of 7) for March. A friend told me today that the United States was added to France "red list" as of January 2nd. Apparently, it means we would have to quarantine for 10 days upon entering France, which makes the trip pointless since by coincidence this is the length of our trip. Can anyone supply any information?. I know that some things are changing form week to week. I am watching closely in case we need to cancel. We are all vaccinated. Any info will be greatly appreciated.

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That is the official site. Further:

https://www.interieur.gouv.fr/Actualites/L-actu-du-Ministere/Certificate-of-international-travel#from4a

"If you are vaccinated, you are not subject to the compelling reasons system to be admitted into Metropolitan France."

"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)."

Your airline will furnish you with the statement saying you do not have Covid Symptoms. You should be able to download it ahead of time and fill it out before you get to the airport for your departure to France.

You will need to organize a Covid antigen or PCR test taken less than 48 hours before your first flight leg.

editing to add: There was a post above mine with the French government website when I posted my comment. That website indicated that quarantine is not a requirement if you are vaccinated UNLESS you test positive on the 48 hour before travel test.

https://www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/en/coming-to-france/coming-to-france-your-covid-19-questions-answered/isolation-testing-attending-events-what-are-the-rules-in-france/

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I flew AirFrance from Milan to Lyon yesterday with a plane change at CDG. In Milan, AF only asked to see my passport. At boarding in CDG, they requested both my passport and my test results (rapid antigen at a pharmacy in Milan) and they verified the 48 hour window.

There were no checks upon arrival in Lyon.

No one ever wanted to see my CDC card or dPLF form or attestation but I was glad to have them because you just never know who will ask for what. I did go to a pharmacy when I arrived in Lyon and they converted my CDC card to a passe sanitaire where they did verify that I had been double vaxed and boosted.

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The red list designation only matters for unvaccinated travelers. If you are vaccinated, you are fine. You have to have a negative test within the 48 hours prior to departure for France in addition to your proof of vaccine.

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I am traveling later this month to Paris. Fully vaccinated (3x). I was just reviewing the required particulars on the Delta Airlines website, which led me to download the "Health Declaration" required to enter France.

Upon review, the last thing on it that one must to agree to is " I hereby agree on my honour to take an antigen test or biological examination on arrival in metropolitan France."

I was surprised by that as I thought we must present a negative test and our vaccination proof and that was it (for entry) -- I have not read anywhere (until there) that one must be tested yet again upon arrival? Am I rsomehow misunderstanding this...?

I did some Googling and read on the website below (in regards to the Health Declaration) "The declaration also mentions your agreement to be tested on arrival by personnel in France."
https://www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/en/coming-to-france/coming-to-france-your-covid-19-questions-answered/

I am just confused by this. Can anyone clarify if they have done this...?

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You have to sign that you are willing to have a test done -- they are giving themselves wiggle room. But I have never seen or heard of any flights from the States having passengers actually subjected to this.

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Thank you, Kim. I thought perhaps that might be the case. I just hadn't seen anybody mentioned that.

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My question now is on obtaining the Health Pass once entering France. I have booked a RS tour for May. Entering France is one thing, obtaining the French Health Pass to do anything there is another. I'm vaccinated (2) and the third, the booster shot, Pfizer.
Issue: Reading The Points Guy article this morning on CHANGES TO TRAVEL TO FRANCE. In the article it's referencing changes coming up as of Jan 15, 2022, see below:
As of Jan. 15, all travelers to France age 18 and older must show proof of a COVID-19 booster shot taken within five to seven months after their final dose of a COVID-19 vaccine in order to retain an active health pass. Prior to this date, the booster is only required for those 65 and older.

My booster shot does not fall into the 5 to 7 months time frame. My CDC card clearly shows the three dates. Last Pfizer shot was 3/3/21 and booster was 12/17/21. So, that's not 5 to 7 months time frame since my booster was roughly 9 months after the 2nd dose of Pfizer.

Does anyone know anything about this? I know it would not work to gain entrance to France and not be able to obtain the health pass. Thanks in advance for your knowledge.

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That's what I would have thought; I'm not sure it makes sense.
But, it was on the French gov website and picked up this am and posted by The Points Guy. I was looking for clarity since it's no good to go and not get a pass.

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If you have a booster, you're fine. The five/seven months (as of February, FOUR months!) apply to those who have only two shots and have not yet received their booster.

(I.e. if you only have two shots, and it's been five/seven/four months, and don't have a booster, that's who will have a problem)

If you have your booster, you're fine. They are not going to look back at how many months between your second shot and your booster.

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Thanks much! I think that makes sense, I have all three Pfizer shots. I thought they were "speaking" to those that already have a pass and did not get a booster, but wanted to make sure.