COVID-19: Measures for foreign nationals wishing to travel to France [fr]

General information on restrictions and recommendations in France and action taken has been centralized on a platform at this address.

This article contains information for foreign nationals involved in a romantic relationship with a French national or wishing to enter France.


Can I travel to France from Canada?

Canada is classified as a green zone. Since July 18, 2021, here are the measures that apply from Canada to enter both metropolitan France and the overseas territories for all passengers.

There are no restrictions on entering metropolitan France from a green zone country.

The applicable rules depend on the traveler’s vaccination status.

1/ If you have been vaccinated, you must present proof of vaccination status and a declaration on your honor attesting to the absence of symptoms of covid-19 infection and contact with a confirmed case of covid-19.

The vaccines accepted by France are those recognized by the European Medicines Agency (EMA): Comirnaty by Pfizer, Spikevax by Moderna, Vaxzevria by AstraZeneca and Janssen by Johnson&Johnson. Covishield, R-Covi et Fiocruz vaccines are also recognized by France.

Proof of vaccination is only valid if it can attest to the completion of a complete vaccination schedule, i.e:
- 7 days after the 2nd injection for dual-injection vaccines (Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca) ;
- 28 days after injection for single injection vaccines (Janssen);
- 7 days after injection for vaccines in people with a history of Covid-19 (only 1 injection required).

At this stage, the French authorities also accept the following vaccine combinations: AstraZeneca/Pfizer Cominarty and AstraZeneca/Moderna.

People who have received one dose of Sinopharm and Sinovac vaccines will need to receive two doses of mRNA vaccine to complete their vaccination schedule and obtain their health pass in France. People who have received two doses of Sinopharm and Sinovac vaccines will need to receive a dose of an EMA-recognized vaccine to complete their vaccination schedule and obtain their health pass in France.

2/ If you are not vaccinated, you must present to the transport company and to the border control authorities a negative PCR or antigenic test dated less than 72 hours before departure (departure of the first flight in case of travel with a connection). You must also submit a sworn statement that you have no symptoms of covid-19 infection and no contact with a confirmed case of covid-19.

The form of commitment on honor is downloadable on the website of the Ministry of Interior.

Children under the age of twelve (12) are exempt from testing.

Children aged 12 to 17, whether they are traveling alone, with a vaccinated adult or a non-vaccinated adult, must follow the same rules as adults. If they are vaccinated, no test is required at boarding, if they are not: presentation of the test before boarding.

3/ Admission to the trip
Travelers must be in possession of documents proving the legality of their stay in the Schengen area.
All foreign travelers must present a valid passport at the border, as well as the documents usually required:
- in case of short stay (less than 90 days): proof of resources and accommodation and a short stay visa if their nationality is subject to it;
- in the case of a plan to settle in France: long-stay visa;
- if they plan to reside in France: a residence permit.

All the details on the strategy to reopen French borders can be found on the website.

Air passengers on all flights to and from Canadian airports will be required to wear a face mask or face cover upon boarding, otherwise they will not be allowed to continue their journey. You are also advised to check with your airline for specific health measures.

Please note: As of July 7, 2021, unless they have a medical purpose, PCR and antigenic tests for Covid-19 are a paid service for foreign tourists coming to France and not residing on the national territory. They must now spend 43.89 € for a PCR test and 25 € for an antigenic test.

I am in Canada and I need to transit through France. Is this possible? Do I need to provide any documents as proof?

People from Canada, regardless of their nationality, may transit through France.

There are no particular requirements set by the French government for passengers with a connecting flight within the international zone (single reservation number with the same airline company). However, you have to check the requirements set by the country of final destination.

You are also encouraged to check the sanitary measures put in place by the airline company operating your flight.

The Covid Health Pass in France

What is the health pass? Click here for more information.

I would like to obtain a visa to go to France. Is this possible?

The issuance of all types of visas to go to France resumes. Information.

I am a student or researcher and I would like to go to France. Is this possible?

The issuance of all types of visas to go to France resumes.

All information regarding international students and researchers is available on the Campus France Canada website.


- Special COVID lines in the French Consulates in Canada:

Lignes spéciales COVID dans les consulats généraux de France au Canada - PNG

- To contact the Consulates General of France in Canada, click here

Useful links

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Last modified on 07/10/2021

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