France Ends All Covid-19 Travel Restrictions And Tests
It was one of the last European countries to do so, but this month France has rescinded all its Covid-19 travel restrictions and testing requirements for any travelers entering the country.
Crucially, France has come out of the State of Emergency that President Macron’s government instigated at the outset of the pandemic, which means that the country requires less bureaucracy of its visitors.
As of 1 August 2022, it is no longer necessary to show proof of having had Covid-19, any vaccinations or the results of any testing. Nor is it a requirement anymore to sign an attestation saying that you are devoid of Covid-19 symptoms (that had been necessary up until last week). For both the vaccinated and unvaccinated, it is not a legal requirement either for visitors to justify why they are traveling.
The new situation still allows for the Health Ministry to bring in new restrictions quickly—if a new variant is found, for instance. These rules remain in place until March 2023 and any changes at the border would not need to go back through parliament, so could be enforced quickly.
Masks are still required in medical establishments (such as hospitals and nursing homes) and still worn in a large number of pharmacies. The government is still advising that people wear masks on public transport and in travel hubs, such as airports and railway stations, but they are no longer mandatory.
It is up to individual airlines to determine if masks are required onboard and many, such as easyJet are deciding on a case-by-case basis determined by the laws of the country into which they land.
France now joins the vast majority of European countries who have entirely dropped Covid-19 travel restrictions since they were first brought in during 2020. In July, Portugal, Estonia and Finland removed travel restrictions.