French Covid rules updated with travel restrictions removed

As we slowly move into a post Covid-19 pandemic world, many countries have been lifting any remaining restrictions.

France is the latest of European countries to scrap all Covid-19 travel restrictions. As of Monday, August 1, the rules that travellers arriving in France had to follow, no longer apply.

A statement from the French Ministry of Interior read: "Faced with the new phase of the pandemic, the border health control system is lifted, in accordance with the law putting an end to the exceptional regimes created to fight against the epidemic linked to covid-19. As a result, since August 1, 2022, the rules previously applied to travellers to France no longer apply."

Here's what the end of Covid travel restrictions in France mean for travellers coming to the country as well as any of its overseas territories and whether there's a chance of rules coming back in the future.

What does the end of travel rules in France mean?

The end of Covid-19 travel rules, means that travellers arriving to France from any countries, including UK are no longer required to:

  • present proof of vaccination status
  • fill out any forms prior to arrival, such as a justification for travel or a sworn statement
  • show proof of a negative PCR or antigen test upon arrival in France
  • The entry requirements will be the same for all travellers, no matter which country they're travelling from and regardless of whether they have been vaccinated.

    Do you have to wear face masks in France?

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    It's no longer compulsory to wear face masks on public transport in France.

    However, some French towns and cities may have differing rules for face coverings on public transport, so do check local mask rules before you travel.

    Certain travel operators like airlines may need passengers to wear specific types of masks while on board.

    From August 1, under the newest rule update, face masks are no longer mandatory in health establishments, though they continue to be strongly recommended.

    Can travel rules be reintroduced in France in future?

    While all Covid measures in France have been scrapped, the restrictions could be reintroduced in the event that there's an outbreak of a new variant or more pressure on the country's health system.

    The statement from the French Minister reads: "In accordance with the law, the government finally retains until January 31, 2023 the possibility of activating 'emergency brake' measures for a maximum period of two months, after consulting the High Authority for Health in the event of an appearance and circulation of a new variant of Covid-19 likely to constitute a serious health threat or, in overseas territories, in the event of a risk of saturation of the health system."

    Any Covid restriction can therefore be brought back until March 2023, if there's cause for concern.

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