Covid-19: France opens its borders opening to people who are vaccinated

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Covid-19: France opens its borders opening to people who are vaccinated

In March, we updated you regarding the easing of entry and exit conditions of the national territory.
Today, we would like to bring you the latest developments and changes for travelers originating from or going to Red list countries who are now exempt from justifying a compelling motive to travel if fully vaccinated.

As a reminder, from the 9th of June, countries have been classified based on health indicators. The updated lists of countries as of today is as follows:

“Green list” countries :

European Union member states, USA, Canada, Albania, Andorra, Bosnia, Hong Kong, Kosovo, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Norway, San Marino, Switzerland and the Vatican, Australia, Israel, Japan, Lebanon, New Zealand, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Serbia, South Korea, Taiwan and Vanuatu.

No restrictions shall apply when entering metropolitan France from a green list country.

“Amber list” countries:

These include all countries not featured on the “green” and “red” lists, e.g., the United Kingdom, Turkey.


  • If you are vaccinated (Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson), no restrictions shall apply for leaving or entering metropolitan France.
  • If you are not vaccinated (or vaccinated but with another vaccine than Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson) you must have a compelling reason to be allowed to enter metropolitan France or to travel to an Amber list country. 

“Red list” countries :

Argentina, Afghanistan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa - Rica, India, Maldives, Namibia, Nepal, Pakistan, Paraguay, Russia,  South Africa, Seychelles, Sri Lanka, Suriname, and Uruguay.

You must have a compelling reason to enter France metropolitan or to travel to a Red list country unless  you are fully vaccinated (i.e. 7 days after the second dose of any of the following vaccines: Pfizer/Comirnaty, Moderna, AstraZeneca/Vaxzevria/Covishield or 28 days following the single Janssen dose). 


For the Amber list (not vaccinated) and Red list countries, you will find the compelling reasons listed in the certificate to be downloaded.
The certificates provide an indicative list of compelling motives to justify travels to France.
Professional motives imply an essential mission necessary to the pursuit of an economic activity and an employer statement to that effect. 


Map of the countries

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