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France Travel Guidelines

    Last Updated : 27th December 2021 / As of now no new update till date
  • Can Indian travel to the France?
  • YES Open For Travel

  • RTPCR Test & Vaccination
  • All passengers aged 11 years or more must produce a negative COVID-19 virological test report, with the test conducted not more than 48 hours before boarding.
  • Add RT-PCR Test mandatory 48 hrs prior departure and negative rapid antigen test 24hrs prior boarding or Negative test report for RT-PCR test performed within 36 hours prior
  • 72 Hrs Prior with QR code (require by Indian immigration) & Unvaccinated visitors from India must present a negative RT-PCR test taken 72 for RT-PCR hours before departing to France. Fully vaccinated visitors with approved vaccination certificates do not need to present a negative COVID-19 test.

  • Unvaccinated visitors from India will need to quarantine for 10 days upon entering France. Fully vaccinated visitors with approved vaccination certificates do not need to quarantine.

  • Quarantine Protocol
  • Mandatory quarantine duration for Indians: 10 days. Passengers who have undertaken the approved EMA vaccinations (Pfizer- Biontech, Moderna, AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson ) are required to undergo 7 days of quarantine. These passengers must present a Covid-19 vaccination certificate demonstrating that at least 4 weeks have elapsed since the first dose of Johnson & Johnson vaccine, or 2 weeks have elapsed since the second dose of the Pfizer-Biontech, AstraZeneca or Moderna vaccine, or since the first dose of these vaccines if the passenger holds proof that they previously have been infected with Covid-19.

  • Health Screening
  • If one is not vaccinated, they must have a compelling reason to travel.

  • Guidelines for International Arrivals to India
  • This Standard Operating Procedure shall be valid w.e.f. 01st December (00.01 Hrs IST) till further orders. Based on the risk assessment, this document shall be reviewed from time to time.
  • A.1. Planning for Travel
  • i. All travelers should (i) submit self-declaration form on the online Air Suvidha portal (www.newdelhiairport.in) before the scheduled travel, including last 14 days travel details (ii) upload a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR report or Vaccination Certificate. This RT-PCR test should have been conducted within 72 hrs prior to undertaking the journey. Each passenger shall also submit a declaration with respect to authenticity of the report and will be liable for criminal prosecution, if found otherwise.
  • ii. They should also give an undertaking on the portal or otherwise to Ministry of Civil Aviation, Govt. of India, through concerned airlines before they are allowed to undertake the journey that they would abide by the decision of the appropriate government authority to undergo home quarantine/ self-monitoring of their health for 14 days, or as warranted.
  • iii. Arrival in India without negative report shall be allowed only for those traveling to India in the exigency of death in the family.
  • iv. If they wish to seek such exemption under para (iii) above, they shall apply to the online portal (www.newdelhiairport.in) at least 72 hours before boarding. The decision taken by the government as communicated on the online portal will be final.
  • A.2. Before Boarding
  • v. Passengers originating or transiting from at-risk countries shall be informed by the airlines that they will undergo post arrival testing, quarantine if tested negative, stringent isolation protocols if tested positive etc.
  • vi. Do’s and Don'ts shall be provided along with ticket to the travelers by the airlines/agencies concerned.
  • vii. Airlines to allow boarding only those passengers who have filled in the Self Declaration Form on the Air Suvidha portal and uploaded the negative RT-PCR test report or Vaccination Certificate
  • viii. At the time of boarding the flight, only asymptomatic travelers will be allowed to board after thermal screening. viii. All passengers shall be advised to download Aarogya Setu app on their mobile devices.
  • ix. Suitable precautionary measures such as environmental sanitation and disinfection shall be ensured at the airports.
  • x. During boarding all possible measures to ensure physical distancing are to be ensured.
  • A.3. During Travel
  • xi.Suitable announcement about COVID-19 including precautionary measures to be followed shall be made at airports and in flights and during transit.
  • xii. While on board the flight, required precautions such as wearing of masks, environmental hygiene, respiratory hygiene, hand hygiene etc. are to be observed by airline staff, crew and all passengers.
  • A.4. On arrival
  • xiii. De-boarding should be done ensuring physical distancing.
  • xiv. Thermal screening would be carried out in respect of all the passengers by the health officials present at the airport. The self-declaration form filled online shall be shown to the airport health staff.
  • xv. The passengers found to be symptomatic during screening shall be immediately isolated and taken to medical facility as per health protocol.
  • Travellers from specified Countries at risk will follow the protocol as detailed below:
    • Submission of sample for post-arrival COVID-19 test
    • at the point of arrival (self-paid). Such travellers will be required to wait for their test results at the arrival airport before leaving or taking a connecting flight.
    • If tested negative they will follow, home quarantine for 7 days. Re-test on the 8th day of arrival in India
    • and if negative, further self-monitor of their health for next 7 days.
    • However, if such travellers are tested positive, their samples should be sent for genomic testing at INSACOG laboratory network.
    • They shall be managed at separate isolation facility and treated as per laid down standard protocol including contact tracing mentioned in para (xiv).
    • The contacts of such positive case should be kept under institutional quarantine or at home quarantine monitored strictly by the concerned State Government as per laid down protocol
  • xvii. Travellers from Countries excluding those Countries at risk, will be allowed to leave the airport and shall self-monitor their health for 14 days’ post arrival. A sub-section (5% of the total flight passengers) shall undergo post-arrival testing at random at the airport on arrival. a. The 5% of such travellers in each flight shall be identified by the concerned airlines (preferably from different countries). b. Such travellers shall be escorted by the concerned airlines/MoCA to testing area on arrival. c. The cost of testing of such travellers shall be borne by MoCA. d.Laboratories shall prioritize testing of samples from such travellers. e. If such travellers are tested positive, they shall be managed as per laid down standard protocol and samples would further send for genomic testing.
  • xviii. If travellers under home quarantine or self-health monitoring, develop signs and symptoms suggestive of COVID-19 or test positive for COVID-19 on re-testing, they will immediately selfisolate and report to their nearest health facility or call National helpline number (1075)/ State Helpline Number
  • International travelers arriving at seaports/land portsg
  • xix. International travellers arriving through seaports/land ports will also have to undergo the same protocol as above, except that facility for online registration is not available for such passengers currently.
  • xx. Such travellers shall submit the self-declaration form to the concerned authorities of Government of India at seaports/land ports on arrival.
  • xxi. * Children under 5 years of age are exempted from both pre- and post-arrival testing. However, if found symptomatic for COVID-19 on arrival or during home quarantine period, they shall undergo testing and treated as per laid down protocol. # Contacts of the suspect case are the co-passengers seated in the same row, 3 rows in front and 3 rows behind along with identified Cabin Crew. Also, all the community contacts of those travellers who have tested positive (during home quarantine period) would be subjected to quarantine for 14 days and tested as per ICMR protocol
  • The restrictions imposed by the Government of India guidelines dated 28t' November, 2021 as well as future restrictions if any, shall act as minimum restrictions to be imposed.
  • DCP immigration and FRRO to draft a proforma of declaration for all arriving passengers on international flights to declare details of the countries visited in last 15 days. MIAL to share the proformas with all airlines and the information regarding travel in the last 15 days shall be cross checked by immigration on arrival.
  • The international passengers arriving from At Risk countries (declared by GOI front time to time) may be deplaned on priority and separate counters will be arranged by MIAL and Airport Authority for their checking. Such all passengers shall have to undergo mandatory 7 day institutional quarantine and RTPCR test to be carried out on days 2, 4 and 7 for these passengers. If any of the test is found to be positive, then the passenger shall be shifted to a hospital. In case of all tests coming negative. the passenger will have to undergo a further 7 days of home quarantine.
  • Passengers from any other countries except the at risk countries will have to compulsorily undergo RTPCR test at the airport on arrival valid on being found negative, will have to undergo 14 days of home quarantine. If found positive, they will be shifted to the hospital.
  • In case of an international passenger having a connecting flight to any other airport in India (without leaving the airport at all), passenger shall undergo a RTPCR test at the first arrival airport in Maharashtra and only on being found negative will he be allowed to board the connecting flight.
  • In the case of domestic air travel, passengers travelling within the state will either ha e to be fully vaccinated or compulsorily carry a RTPCR test within 48 hours of the time of arrival.
  • In case of passengers from other States, negative RTPCR test within 48 hours of arrival will be compulsory without exceptions.

  • Eligibilty

  • From India to France
  • fully vaccinated Indians can travel to France. As of 18th July, France has also recognised Covishield in its list of approved vaccines (Travel is possible only 2 weeks after the second dose of Covishield has been administered).
  • Unvaccinated international travellers must have a compelling reason and present a negative RT-PCR or antibody test less than 48 hours prior to departure. They will also be required to undergo an antibody test upon arrival and a 10-day self-isolation period monitored by the authorities.

  • From France to India
  • i. Indian nationals or nationals of Nepal or Bhutan stranded in any country in EU/Schengen area, South America or Africa only;
  • ii. All Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) cardholders and PIO cardholders holding passports of any country;
  • iii. All foreign nationals (from any country in EU/Schengen area, South America or Africa only) intending to visit India for any purpose (including their dependents on appropriate category of dependent visa) except those on Tourist Visa; and
  • iv. Seamen from EU/Schengen area, South America or Africa only.
  • Passengers travelling on flights from India to France should be destined for countries in the EU/Schengen area, South America or Africa only. Similarly, only passengers originating from countries in the EU/Schengen area, South America or Africa should be allowed to travel on the flights from France to India.

  • Vaccines recognised by France:
  • The vaccines accepted by France are those recognized by the European Medicines Agency (EMA): Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson and those deemed similar by the French authorities.
  • Since July 18, the Covishield vaccine has also been recognized by France in this capacity.
  • Proof of vaccination is only valid if it can attest to the completion of a complete vaccination schedule, i.e.: 2 weeks after the 2nd injection for double injection vaccines (Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca, Covishield);
  • 4 weeks after injection for single-injection vaccines (Johnson & Johnson);
  • 2 weeks after injection for vaccines in people with a history of Covid-19 (only 1 injection required).

  • Passenger Obligation
  • Passengers who want to fly India-France must comply with all MHA guidelines as issued by the GOI.
  • It is recommended that all travellers wear a mask while commuting in public vehicles or visiting shopping areas.
  • The French coronavirus helpline number is 112 (can be dialled from within France) and +33 800 130 000 (can be dialled from outside France).
  • All the passengers are required to complete and submit a self- declaration form 3 (2 copies). Passengers without a medical certicate must take the test on arrival. This doesn't not apply to passengers young than 11 years.
  • Before departure, all passengers are required to submit a Travel Certificate and a 'Sworn Statement' that they do not show any symptom of COVI D19.
  • Passengers must download the 'FousAntiCovid government app.
  • Passengers must also submit a passenger locator form.

  • Quarantine on Arrival: India-France
  • Unvaccinated passengers: 7 day quarantine for passengers aged 12 years and older.
  • Vaccinated passengers: Quarantine is not required for passengers who present a Covid-19 vaccination certificate demonstrating that at least 28 days have elapsed since the first dose of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine or 7 days have elapsed since the second dose of the AstraZeneca (Covishield, Fiocruz, R-Pharm Coronavir), Moderna, or Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine or 7 days since the first dose of these vaccines if the passenger holds proof that they have been infected with Covid-19 in the last 7 months, and minors accompanying one or more vaccinated adult passengers.

  • Quarantine and Testing on Arrival: France-India
  • Test or Quarantine Required: Passengers not holding a negative Covid-19 certificate obtained within 48 hours prior to arrival must either submit to a test on arrival at a cost of INR2000 or quarantine for 14 days.

  • Health Pass / COVID Certificate
  • Since October 26, 2021, the application for a health pass for non-European Union nationals who have been fully vaccinated with Covishield or any of the EMA approved vaccines (Pfizer/Comirnaty, Moderna, AstraZeneca/Vaxzevria/Covishield) can be done directly in pharmacies.
  • To get the health pass, applicants will need to present the following documents at the pharmacy:
    • a passport
    • the original vaccination certificate in paper form.
  • These mandatory documents must include, in a legible way, the last name, first name, date of birth as well as the date of vaccination, the used vaccine, if possible, the batch number, the number of doses injected and the country of vaccination. The procedure of getting a health pass costs 36 euros.
  • You must present a health pass / Covid certificate with a QR code to access leisure and culture venues and events bringing together more than 50 people. From 9th 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.
  • For more details : https://in.france.fr/en

  • Airlines Operating
  • LH, EK