Travel to France: latest advice as all Covid rules are scrapped

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France has become the latest country to scrap all Covid travel restrictions, removing the requirement for arrivals who are not fully vaccinated to take a test. However, it has left the door open for the return of testing for all overseas visitors should the Covid situation mean it is deemed necessary. 

From August 1, all emergency Covid measures in France have been dropped, meaning restrictions such as health passes and mask mandates cannot be restored without proper parliamentary approval. Unvaccinated or unboosted arrivals also no longer need to present evidence of a PCR test taken in the previous 72 hours or an antigen test taken within the previous 48 hours. 

But there’s one proviso in the bill. The French government may, until March 31, 2023, require arrivals over the age of 12 to present a negative Covid test – but not a certificate of vaccination or recovery – in the event of overwhelming pressure on the nation’s hospitals or the emergence of a worrying new variant. 

The move means only two major European travel destinations – Spain, which requires unvaccinated/unboosted Britons to take a test, and the Netherlands, which bans them entirely – are still persisting with Covid restrictions. 

Can I travel to France?

Yes. Travel to France has returned to the pre-pandemic normal, with no checks on vaccination status and no testing required. 

The Foreign Office website has not yet been amended but the Eurostar website confirms: “Passengers travelling from the UK will no longer need to present a vaccination, recovery or negative test certificate. This applies to all travellers, irrespective of nationality or vaccination status.”

Are there any domestic restrictions

No, France’s pass vaccinal (vaccine pass) has been suspended, as have all rules regarding masks. 

Are there any other issues facing travellers to France this summer?

Yes – staff shortages continue to cause problems with flights, rail and ferry services to France. For tips on avoiding the chaos, see our expert guide.

This article is kept updated with the latest guidance. If you’re travelling this summer you can find a full guide to the remaining Covid testing and travel rules here.

Reader Service: Planning on travelling to the continent? Make sure you book European travel insurance before you go.

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