June 9 marks the reopening of French borders to vaccinated people from most countries in the world, including the United States. But if the rules are changing, not all restrictions have disappeared. Here is an update.
A COVID test is still required
Whether you are vaccinated or not, a negative test will be required to fly. It can be a PCR test less than 72 hours old or an antigen test less than 48 hours old. This rule applies to both foreigners and French nationals. There are no other restrictions imposed on vaccinated persons (notably no voluntary quarantine).
Which vaccines are allowed?
The vaccines accepted are those recognized by the European authorities, which is the case for all vaccines administered in the United States: Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson. In order to be considered as vaccinated, a delay is required:
-either 2 weeks after the 2nd injection for double injection vaccines (Pfizer, Moderna)
-4 weeks after the injection for vaccines with a single injection (Johnson & Johnson)
-or 2 weeks after the injection for vaccines for people with a history of Covid-19 (only one injection is required for any vaccine).
Am I allowed to enter France if I am not vaccinated?
French nationals (and their spouses–married, civil union or cohabitants–and their children) can enter France even if they are not vaccinated, provided that they present a negative Covid-19 test (less than 72 hours old if it is a PCR test or less than 48 hours old for an antigen test). They are also encouraged to commit to a seven-day voluntary home quarantine.
Non-citizens who have not been vaccinated cannot enter France, unless they are: a European citizen residing in France or in the EU, or a holder of a French or European residence permit or long-stay visa (complete list here).