France to open borders for overseas travellers on June 9, 2021

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Foreign citizens will be able to travel to France depending on their vaccination status and the sanitary situation of their country.

Dubai: The French government announced opening the borders on June 9, 2021 to fully vaccinated travellers with vaccines approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) – Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson – while other travellers will have to justify one of the compelling reasons established by the French authorities. Both types of travellers will have to undergo PCR tests. Most countries of the Middle East are classified as orange, except Lebanon (as green) and Bahrein (as red). 

Foreign citizens who plan to travel to France from the region will need to follow these instructions:

For fully vaccinated travellers:

  • Submit vaccination proof* – only Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson are currently approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) and a negative PCR test of less than 72 hours or a negative antigen test of less than 48 hours on boarding.

*Proof of vaccination is only valid if it can attest to a complete vaccination schedule, which is:

  • 2 weeks after the 2nd injection for dual-injection vaccines (Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca);
  • 4 weeks after the injection for vaccines with a single injection (Johnson & Johnson);
  • 2 weeks after injection of vaccines for people with a previous history of contracting Covid-19 (only 1 injection required). 

For travellers who have not been vaccinated, they will need a compelling reason (listed in this link):

  • Present a negative PCR test of less than 72 hours or negative antigen test of less than 48 hours on boarding,
  • Random antigenic test upon arrival in France,  
  • Complete a 7-day of self-isolation upon arrival in France.

The compelling reasons and quarantine measures applied to vaccinated adults are extended under the same conditions to children (below 18 years old) accompanying them, whether they are vaccinated or not. A negative PCR test will be needed while leaving the country. France is one of the only countries in the world that provide free PCR tests.  

“French destinations, hotels and tourist attractions are ready to welcome travellers from the Middle East in the best conditions while respecting sanitary measures”, said Karim Mekachera, Regional Director of Atout France Middle East, the France tourism development agency. “We are aware of the urge of Middle Eastern tourists to travel back to Europe and historically, France is one of the most privileged destinations for Middle-Eastern travellers. Therefore, we are very much looking forward to welcoming them to rediscover the beauties of the different regions and destinations in France”.   

About Atout France: 

Atout France, the France tourism development agency, is working in partnership with the tourism industry and the major sectors of the French economy. A total of almost 1,300 members, representative of the French tourism industry, rely on its expertise. Atout France’s mission is performed through a network of 32 offices abroad, a head office in Paris, together with branch offices in mainland France and its overseas territories. Atout France Dubai, the regional office for the Middle East and Turkey, aims to raise France’s profile as the world’s top tourist destination in international markets as well as to promote the fields of tourism training and education in France.