Travelling to and from abroad
Since 9 June 2021, the flow of travellers between France and foreign countries has been reopened according to modalities that vary according to the health situation in third countries and the vaccination of travellers.
A classification of countries has been defined on the basis of health indicators. It may be adapted according to the evolution of the epidemic situation.
Since 1 July, the "European pass", also known as the "EU digital COVID certificate", has been in use in all Member States, with a transition period of six weeks. Its use is legally foreseen until 30 June 2022.
Mobility rules and regulations
You wish to enter Metropolitan France
No restrictions shall apply when entering metropolitan France from a green list country or territory.
Health control measures
If you are already vaccinated, you must present proof of vaccination status and a sworn statement attesting to the absence of symptoms of covid-19 infection and contact with a confirmed case of covid-19.
If you are not vaccinated, you must present to the transport company and border control authorities a certificate of recovery older than eleven days and less than six months or a negative PCR or antigen test not older than 72 hours before departure (departure of first flight in the event of a connecting flights). Some countries in the European area have been placed under surveillance. For unvaccinated travelers from Cyprus, Spain, Greece, Malta, the Netherlands and Portugal, a negative PCR or antigen test of less than 24 hours is required.
Children under the age of twelve are exempt from testing. You must also present a sworn statement attesting to the absence of symptoms of covid-19 infection and contact with a confirmed case of covid-19.
Admission to stay
All foreign travellers must present a valid passport at the border as well as the usually required documents:
For a short stay (less than 90 days): Proof of resources and accommodation, and a short stay visa if applicable to their nationality;
For those planning to settle in France: A long-stay visa;
For those residing in France: A residence permit.
"Covid certificate"What is it ?
You must present a health pass to access leisure and culture venues and events bringing together more than 50 people.
From early August, you will also need to present a pass in bars, restaurants, malls, hospitals (except if you are admitted for urgent care), retirement homes, residential care homes, and for long-distance travel by plane, train or coach. For campsites, and other holiday accommodation you will need to present a pass once, on arrival.
This list may be extended as necessary.
The health pass is not required for children under 12. It will be required from 30 September for young people aged 12 to 17, and for the staff of public venues.
The pass must prove one of the three following items:
- That you are fully vaccinated (with an EMA-approved vaccine or similar):
- Seven days after the second shot for two-shot vaccines (Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca);
- Four weeks after the shot for one-shot vaccines (Johnson & Johnson);
- Seven days after the shot for vaccines administered to people who have already had COVID-19 (only one dose is necessary).
- OR that you have been tested (PCR or antigen) with a negative result within the last 48hrs;
- OR that you have recovered from COVID-19, attested by a positive PCR or antigen test result, at least 15 days and no more than 6 months old.
Passes can be digital (on the TousAntiCovid app) or in paper form (proof of vaccination or test result). They include a QR code that will be scanned on entry into the venue or event.
The French health pass is interoperable with the EU Digital COVID Certificate scheme for travel within the European Union, Iceland, Lichtenstein, Norway, San Marino, Switzerland and the Vatican.
Situation in Var departmentObligation to wear a mask, ban on alcohol consumption on the public highway, health pass in shopping centres, find below the details of the health measures in force in the Var.
As of Friday 17 September 2021 at 0:00, the following three health measures are lifted in the Var department:
> The obligation to present a health pass at the entrance of the 6 shopping centres in the Var department of more than 20,000 m²;
> The ban on consuming alcohol on the public highway;
> The obligation to wear a mask in the 58 communes of the coast, the Pays de Fayence and the Vallée du Gapeau.
Until 4 October 2021, the obligation to wear a mask for everyone over the age of 11 is maintained in all the communes of the department, in outdoor areas open to the public, when high population densities are observed:
- on open-air food and non-food markets, flea markets and garage sales, unpacking sales, fairs and funfairs;
- for any public event generating a large gathering of people, including the public street events mentioned in article L. 211-1 of the internal security code, festivals, open-air concerts, open-air sports events and gatherings during fireworks displays;
- on the forecourts and platforms of bus, train and maritime stations, shelters and waiting stations for public transport;
- in covered and uncovered sports venues;
- in queues;
- in open-air shopping centres: Avenue 83 in La Valette-du-Var, the Galerie - Géant in Fréjus and the Village des talents créatifs in Puget-sur-Argens.
Wearing a mask also remains mandatory until 4 October 2021 inclusive throughout the department in all establishments open to the public that are subject to the health pass.