Update: You no longer need a test to enter France if you are fully vaccinated

Feb 17, 2022

This post contains references to products from one or more of our advertisers. We may receive compensation when you click on links to those products. Terms apply to the offers listed on this page. For an explanation of our Advertising Policy, visit this page.

Editor’s note: This story is continually updated.


France has announced yet another change to its ever-evolving entry requirements for incoming travelers, although this one is actually making the process easier for travelers.

As of February 12, fully vaccinated and boosted travelers coming from the U.S. no longer need to take a COVID-19 test to enter France.

With requirements shifting so often, things can easily get confusing, so we have gathered all of the information you need below.

For more TPG news delivered each morning to your inbox, sign up for our daily newsletter.

Entry requirements for vaccinated travelers as of February 12

Currently, France color codes countries to determine entry requirements for travelers originating from specific places.

Fully vaccinated travelers coming from any green or orange country, including the United States, are no longer required to submit a COVID-19 upon arrival to France as of last week.

Instead, these travelers may enter France by submitting proof of vaccination, including a booster shot taken within nine months of their final dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

Travelers who received their booster more than nine months after their second dose may still enter France as long as one week has passed since receipt of the booster.

Vaccine pass requirements as of Feb. 15

In order to obtain a “pass vaccinal” necessary to enter any public space requiring proof of vaccination, all people age 18 and older must show proof of a COVID-19 booster administered between three and four months of the final dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

This does not mean you need to be boosted within four months of travel, rather a booster is required if four months have elapsed since the second dose of a two-dose vaccine or one dose of a single-dose vaccine.

Vaccine passes for this age group will expire four months after their second dose of a two-dose vaccine or two months after the single dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine, meaning a booster is required to keep your pass active.

“The timing of your vaccine does not matter beyond the four-month booster requirement.

“To obtain the pass vaccinal, it’s showing proof of a booster that is most important,” per Atout France, the country’s official tourism organization.

Related: Update: France delays vaccine pass implementation until Monday

Where are vaccine passes required?

The vaccine pass is required at all places where the “pass sanitaire” was once required, including bars, nightclubs, cafes, restaurants, malls, athletic facilities, gyms, theaters, cinemas, public transit (air/rail), museums and other cultural sites.

Essentially, if it’s a public place, you will need to present a vaccine pass to enter.

(Screenshot from the French government)

Rules for children

Children ages 12-15 remain subject to the rules of the “pass sanitiare,” meaning people in this age group must show proof of vaccination to access most public spaces, but a booster shot is not mandatory.

“Travelers age 12-15 require a health pass everywhere a vaccine pass is required,” according to the U.S. Embassy. “Travelers under age 12 do not require a pass” of any kind.

Those 12-15 may obtain a temporary, 24-hour health pass by submitting negative results of a PCR or antigen test taken at a pharmacy in France, where rapid tests are available on a walk-in basis.

These test results only serve as a temporary pass, meaning once the 24 hours have elapsed, you must take a new test to earn a new temporary pass.

The option to test for COVID-19 in lieu of the booster only applies to children holding a health pass.

Related: Applications for France’s digital health pass are temporarily closed

Exceptions for non-Americans

While in some cases, showing proof of recent recovery from COVID-19 can take the place of one’s initial dose of COVID-19 or a booster dose, this is only applicable if the person contracted COVID-19 and recovered from it while in the European Union.

“U.S. and other foreign certificates of recovery are not accepted,” per the embassy.

Where to receive either pass

Those vaccinated in the United States (or elsewhere outside the EU) must go to a designated pharmacy in France with their CDC-issued vaccine card, passport and money to pay a fee of up to $40 (or 36 euros).

Bottom line

A vaccine pass showing proof of full COVID-19 vaccination (including a booster) is required for all persons in France age 18 and above, even tourists. A health pass showing full proof of COVID-19 vaccination (but not a booster) is compulsory for anyone ages 12-15. Those under 12 do not need either pass.

Unvaccinated or partially vaccinated people may only enter the country with a “compelling reason for travel” that has been approved by the French government. Additionally, they must present results of a negative test taken within 48 hours before departure and will also be tested again upon arrival, followed by a 10-day quarantine.

If you think you can skip out on quarantine, think again — you should expect routine police check-ins at the designated quarantine location you provided to French authorities.

Related: You can enter France if you haven’t been boosted, but that might be all you can do

Featured photo of the Arc de Triomphe by Sylvain Sonnet via Getty Images.

Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card

WELCOME OFFER: 80,000 Points

TPG'S BONUS VALUATION*: $1,600

CARD HIGHLIGHTS: 3X points on dining and 2x points on travel, points transferrable to over a dozen travel partners

*Bonus value is an estimated value calculated by TPG and not the card issuer. View our latest valuations here.

Apply Now
More Things to Know
  • Earn 80,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $1,000 when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®.
  • Enjoy benefits such as a $50 annual Ultimate Rewards Hotel Credit, 5x on travel purchased through Chase Ultimate Rewards®, 3x on dining and 2x on all other travel purchases, plus more.
  • Get 25% more value when you redeem for airfare, hotels, car rentals and cruises through Chase Ultimate Rewards®. For example, 80,000 points are worth $1,000 toward travel.
  • With Pay Yourself Back℠, your points are worth 25% more during the current offer when you redeem them for statement credits against existing purchases in select, rotating categories
  • Count on Trip Cancellation/Interruption Insurance, Auto Rental Collision Damage Waiver, Lost Luggage Insurance and more.
Regular APR
16.24% - 23.24% Variable
Annual Fee
$95
Balance Transfer Fee
Either $5 or 5% of the amount of each transfer, whichever is greater.
Recommended Credit
Excellent/Good

Editorial Disclaimer: Opinions expressed here are the author’s alone, not those of any bank, credit card issuer, airlines or hotel chain, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any of these entities.

Disclaimer: The responses below are not provided or commissioned by the bank advertiser. Responses have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by the bank advertiser. It is not the bank advertiser’s responsibility to ensure all posts and/or questions are answered.