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You will need to quarantine for 10 days, as well as taking a pre-departure test before you arrive in the UK (a Return PCR or Antigen Fit to Fly test), and two PCR tests on return to the UK (Day 2 & Day 8). When you return to the UK, you can take a test on Day 5 (Test to Release) to leave quarantine early.
*If you were fully vaccinated in the UK at least 14 days ago, you do not need to quarantine, but still need to take a pre-departure test before arriving in the UK (a Return PCR or Antigen Fit to Fly test), and one PCR test on return to the UK (Day 2).

Paris Travel Restrictions

Updated:

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07/2021

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Reviewed:

Current

Who can travel to

Paris

?

Foreign Nationals, Partners to Foreign Nationals, EU Citizens, Permanent Residence Holders,Vaccinated Tourists

Accepted tests for entry

PCR, ANTIGEN, Vaccination (2 Doses)

Test window

24 hours

Welcome to Paris

Walking cobbled streets, eating world-class cuisine and soaking up that super chic culture, you can’t help but fall in love with this European metropolis. Whether you visit just once, or stop by time and again, there’s so much to discover across Paris’ 20 arrondissements (or districts).

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Paris, the capital of France, has two nicknames.

Some people call it ‘the City of Light’ because Paris was at the forefront of philosophical and intellectual ideas during the Age of Enlightenment. It’s also called ‘the City of Love’, because Paris is full of romance.

Size

41 square miles

Population

2 million

Visitors per year

19 million

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Paris: The Must See Sights

The Eiffel Tower is an icon of Paris. Designed by engineer Gustave Eiffel and completed in 1889, it is the tallest structure in France and an ever-popular tourist stop.

You can visit restaurants on the first and second levels of the tower, while up on the third floor there’s a viewing platform with unbeatable views of Paris.  

If views are your thing, then head next to Montmartre — a large hill, which (like the Eiffel Tower) offers incredible vistas of the city. At the top of the hill you’ll also find the white domes of Sacré-Cœur, a Roman Catholic basilica.

This area of Paris is also home to artsy cafes and bars once frequented by the likes of Ernest Hemingway and Pablo Picasso.

But when it comes to art, you really are spoiled for choice in Paris. As well as the Louvre, there’s Musée d'Orsay (famed for its collection of French Impressionist art), The Pompidou Centre (known for its modern and contemporary artworks) and Musée de l'Orangerie — a small, unassuming gallery near to the Louvre, but always with shorter lines and stunning, lesser-known masterpieces.

Lastly, head to the Latin Quarter and you’ll find breath-taking historical architecture and trendy student cafés. It’s the ideal place to soak up that famous Parisian ambience.  

There are also lots of landmarks in this district, including Sorbonne University, the Museum of Natural History and Notre Dame (which is still being restored)

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France Covid-19 Entry Requirements

Who can travel to

Paris

?

Foreign Nationals, Partners to Foreign Nationals, EU Citizens, Permanent Residence Holders,Vaccinated Tourists

Do children need to be tested?

Testing is required, except for children under the age of 12 years old.

Test Requirements

PCR, ANTIGEN, Vaccination (2 Doses)

Test window

24 hours

Result format

Print, Digital

Quarantine required and quarantine length

Yes

7 days,Differs for vaccinated travellers, see further information

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Can You Travel To France?

France has introduced a new system governing international travel to and from France. There are three categories of measures: green, amber and red. The UK is currently on the French amber list.

If travelling to France from a country on the amber list, those who are not fully vaccinated will only be permitted to travel for essential reasons (from the list specified for this category of country). Those who are not fully vaccinated will also need to present the following documents:

  • a complete International Travel Certificate to confirm their essential reason for travel. In exceptional circumstances, the French Consulate in London may be able to assist with travel for an essential reason not listed on the International Travel Certificate
  • a completed ‘sworn statement’ (déclaration sur l’honneur) form self-certifying they are not suffering from symptoms associated with coronavirus and have not been in contact with confirmed cases in the preceding fortnight, and that they will self-isolate for seven days after arrival. This can be found on the French government’s website
  • travellers aged 11 years old or over, need evidence of a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of departure, or an antigen test within 48 hours of departure. There will be random antigen testing for unvaccinated arrivals.

Travellers who are not fully vaccinated will need to self-isolate for 7 days after arrival, then take another PCR test following this period of self-isolation.

Travellers who are fully vaccinated do not need an essential reason to travel to France and do not need to self-isolate on arrival.
Fully vaccinated travellers will need to present the following documents:

  • travellers aged 11 years old or over, need evidence of a negative PCR test result taken within 72 hours of departure, or a negative antigen test result taken within 48 hours of departure
  • a completed ‘sworn statement’ (déclaration sur l’honneur) form self-certifying they are not suffering from symptoms associated with coronavirus and have not been in contact with confirmed cases in the preceding fortnight. This can be found on the French government’s website
  • proof of vaccination status

Further detail on who is considered fully vaccinated by the French government, and how you can prove your status, can be found in the relevant FAQ.

If you are not fully vaccinated, you will need to have an essential reason to travel from France to a country on France’s amber list. If you are fully vaccinated, you do not need to complete the certificate to leave metropolitan France, unless you are travelling to a country on France’s red list.

Exit from this self-isolation period is subject to a negative test result. Find more information on how to get a PCR test in France: https://www.gouvernement.fr/info-coronavirus

Local Measures
Some restrictions are being lifted in mainland France:

  • Masks are no longer required in outdoor public spaces, but still compulsory in enclosed public spaces
  • The curfew has been lifted
  • Indoor bars, cafes and restaurants have reopened
  • Retail, cultural and sports venues can also open
  • There are no internal travel restrictions in France
  • Outdoor gatherings of more than ten people are not permitted and are subject to fines (unless authorised)

You should visit the French Interior Ministry website or use the ‘Tous anti-Covid’ digital app for further information.

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Travelling To France FAQs

Advice and answers from the Corona Test Centre Team

What do the three colours of the UK’s ‘Traffic Light System’ for travel mean?

  • Red: You must pay for a 10-day stay in a managed quarantine hotel, as well as taking a pre-departure test (a Fit to Fly test) and two PCR tests upon return to the UK (Day 2 & Day 8).
  • Amber: You will need to quarantine for 10 days, as well as taking a pre-departure test (a Fit to Fly test), and two PCR tests on return to the UK (Day 2 & Day 8). When you return to the UK,  you can take a test on Day 5 (Test to Release) to leave quarantine early.
  • Green: You will not need to quarantine on return, but you must take a pre-departure test (a Fit to Fly test), and a PCR test on return to the UK on Day 2.


How will the government decide which countries go on the green, amber or red lists?

Countries are assigned to the three lists, based on a range of Covid-19 health metrics, which include figures on population vaccination, infection rates and prevalence of variants. The different traffic light colours indicate the risk in each destination and the associated tests and quarantine periods required. Lists are reassessed every three weeks, to account for changes in each country’s COVID-19 situation.

Will I need a PCR Fit to Fly Certificate to travel to

France

?

The PCR test is the gold standard for testing coronavirus and so is recommended for travel to all countries. For France, PCR Fit to Fly Certificates are accepted, alternatively you can travel with an Antigen Fit to Fly Certificate, or if you have been vaccinated, France will accept this as proof.

Will I need an Antigen Fit to Fly Certificate to travel to

France

?

France accepts vaccination as an entry requirement and so you may not need to provide a PCR or Antigen Fit to Fly Certificate. However, to ensure that you and the people you meet when travelling are safe, we always recommend taking a PCR or Antigen test before travel.

Will I need a Day 2 test or Day 2 and 8 when I return to the UK?

Franceis currently on the amber list, this means that you will need a Day 2 PCR test and a Day 8 PCR test. You will need to buy this before you travel to the UK and use the reference code on your passenger location form. You will need to quarantine on arrival for 10 days. If you would like the opportunity to leave quarantine early, you can also book a Test to Release test. Please note that the travel restrictions are subject to change at very short notice.

I’m vaccinated, what tests do I need?

France is currently on the amber list, this means that you will need a Day 2 PCR test and a Day 8 PCR test. However, because you have both vaccinations, you can return to the UK and only take a Day 2 PCR test. You will need to buy this before you travel to the UK and use the reference code on your passenger location form. You will not need to quarantine on arrival for 10 days (unless you test positive). Please note that the travel restrictions are subject to change at very short notice.

Can I enter

France

with a double vaccination certificate?

France accepts vaccination as an entry requirement and so you may not need to provide a PCR or Antigen Fit to Fly Certificate

What happens if I have visited another country before flying back to the UK from

France

?

The government advice for passengers travelling from France is that if you have visited another country in the 10 days before you arrive in the UK that is a higher risk than France, you must follow the travel guidance for the highest risk country you visited.

What else will I need to return to the UK?

For all countries, including France, you will need to take an Antigen Fit to Fly test before departing for the UK. This can be bought at Corona Test Centre’s to take with you on your travels.

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