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France adds Canada to “green list"; no restrictions for fully vaxxed travellers

France adds Canada to “green list"; no restrictions for fully vaxxed travellers
Canada has officially been added to France’s “green list."
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Canada has officially been added to France’s “green list,” opening up a new world of possibility for future travel to the culture-rich country known for its historical monuments, fairy-tale castles, medieval villages, museums, fashion houses, wines, cheeses and baguettes.

Travellers entering France from a designated green country face no restrictions if they are fully vaccinated.

If you are not vaccinated, you need to supply a negative PCR or antigen test within 72 hours before departure.

"Atout France and French destinations are delighted with this good news that will make it easier for Canadians to travel back to France this summer," said Mélanie Paul-Hus, director for Canada at Atout France. "With the new flight schedules announced by the airlines, and hopefully the upcoming relaxation of the quarantine on return to Canada, fans of France and its overseas regions will be able to plan their future trips at their own pace." 

"For several months now, France has deployed a sanitary protocol that allows travellers to feel secure and offers visitors improved experiences and many new attractions." 

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The United States has also been added to France’s green list. The reclassification to green means that COVID-19 cases are low enough to allow for people to travel more freely.

Both Canada and the U.S. were previously on France’s orange list, which requires fully vaccinated travellers to arrive with a negative PCR test taken within the previous 72 hours.

In addition, non-vaccinated travellers from orange-list countries cannot travel to France except for essential reasons.

Travellers from red-list countries must state a compelling reason for travel, provide a PCR or antigen test less than 48 hrs before travel, receive an antigen test on arrival and self-isolate for seven days.

Non-vaccinated travellers from red-list countries are subject to a government-supervised 10-day quarantine.

Quarantine-free travel

“Going green” certainly has its perks – travellers arriving in France from green-list countries no longer have to go into quarantine on arrival and can travel to the country without an “essential reason,” which opens the door for leisure travel.

Travellers that have been vaccinated will be required to present proof of vaccination on arrival.

Vaccines accepted by France are those recognized by the European Medicines Agency: Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca and Johnson and Johnson.  

Others on France’s green list include countries in the European space (European Union, Andorra, the Holy See, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway, San Marino and Switzerland), Australia, Israel, Japan, Lebanon, New Zealand, Singapore and South Korea.

France's entry requirements vary for overseas regions such as Saint-Barthélemy, Saint-Martin, la Guadeloupe, la Martinique, La Réunion, Mayotte, French Guiana, French Polynesia or Saint Pierre et Miquelon.

For the latest information and updates on France’s entry requirements, click here.

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