26 additional countries added to France’s green list for travel

France has added 26 more countries to its green list for travel, making it easier for people to travel to or from these destinations.

The countries are: Mauritius, Cape Verde, Ivory Coast, Gabon, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Equatorial Guinea, Morocco, Mauritania, Uganda, Tanzania, Chad, Togo, Colombia, Cuba, Ecuador, Nicaragua, Venezuela, Cambodia, Fiji, Samoa, Laos, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Vietnam.

Already on the list are all EU member states, plus Andorra, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway, San Marino, Switzerland, Vatican, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Korea South, United Arab Emirates, Honduras, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Kuwait, New Zealand, Qatar, Rwanda, Senegal, Taiwan and Vanuatu.

All other countries are currently on the orange list, after France has gradually emptied its scarlet and red lists since the start of the year.

What does it mean to be on the green list?

Green-listed countries are described as being places where there is “negligible or moderate circulation of the virus, in the absence of an emerging variant of concern”.

Fully vaccinated people traveling to and from these countries are not subject to any restrictions and need only show proof of vaccination to their tour operator.

Non-vaccinated people over the age of 12 coming to France from countries on the green list must present the negative result of a PCR test carried out within 72 hours before or of an antigen test carried out within 48 hours before their trip or a recovery certificate for the last six months.

What does it mean to be on the orange list?

Countries and territories on the amber list have “active circulation of the virus, with no emerging variant of concern showing vaccine or immune evasion”.

Fully vaccinated travelers from Orange List countries only need to present proof of vaccination and a sworn statement confirming that they do not have symptoms of Covid and have not been in contact with an infected person at course of the last 14 days.

Unvaccinated persons over the age of 12 must carry out a PCR test within 72 hours before or an antigen test within 48 hours before the start of their trip, and present the negative result to the travel authorities.

He must also be able to justify an essential reason for travel, both from and to one of the countries on this list.

He must also complete his declaration on honor and accept that he may be required to submit to a random Covid test upon his arrival in France, and isolate himself if the result is positive.

You can read more about travel rules in France on the Ministry of the Interior website.

Why can a country be moved to the red list?

Countries can be placed on France’s red list for travel if a new variant of concern has appeared on their territory.

In this case, France may apply an “emergency brake” measure and impose additional restrictions on travelers from these places. This would include the need to present an essential reason for travel and for vaccinated travelers to be tested before departure.

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