Restrictions have been almost entirely lifted in mainland France. You must continue to apply the following barrier measures:
– Wash your hands very often or use hydro-alcoholic gel;
– Use single-use tissues, and then throw them away;
– Cough and sneeze into your arm or into a tissue;
– Do not shake hands or greet people with kisses on the cheek;
– Avoid touching your face;
– Respect social distancing: you should remain further than two metres from others;
– Wear a mask where necessary (see below);
– Limit social contacts as much as possible;
– Air rooms for at least ten minutes, three times a day;
– Use digital tools (TousAntiCovid, available in English).
In indoor public spaces (shops, offices, schools etc) and on public transport you must wear a mask that covers your nose and mouth. You don’t need to wear a mask in places where a health pass is required (although local authorities may review this).
If you are outside you do not need to wear a mask except in places where social distancing is not possible (queues, open-air markets, railway stations, etc.).
Where necessary, local authorities may require masks to be worn in other places.
You must present a health pass to access leisure and culture venues and events bringing together more than 50 people.
From early August, you will also need to present a pass in bars, restaurants, malls, hospitals (except if you are admitted for urgent care), retirement homes, residential care homes, and for long-distance travel by plane, train or coach. For campsites, and other holiday accommodation you will need to present a pass once, on arrival.
This list may be extended as necessary.
The health pass is not required for children under 12. It will be required from 30 September for young people aged 12 to 17, and for the staff of public venues.
The pass must prove one of the three following items:
- That you are fully vaccinated (with an EMA-approved vaccine or similar):
- Seven days after the second shot for two-shot vaccines (Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca);
- Four weeks after the shot for one-shot vaccines (Johnson & Johnson);
- Seven days after the shot for vaccines administered to people who have already had COVID-19 (only one dose is necessary).
- OR that you have been tested (PCR or antigen) with a negative result within the last 48hrs;
- OR that you have recovered from COVID-19, attested by a positive PCR or antigen test result, at least 15 days and no more than 6 months old.
Passes can be digital (on the TousAntiCovid app) or in paper form (proof of vaccination or test result). They include a QR code that will be scanned on entry into the venue or event.
The French health pass is interoperable with the EU Digital COVID Certificate scheme for travel within the European Union, Iceland, Lichtenstein, Norway, San Marino, Switzerland and the Vatican.
Capacity limits have been lifted for all events and venues. You will need to present a health pass.
Where necessary, local authorities may put in place further restrictions.