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MAP: Which countries are on France’s ‘green list’ for travel?

France is operating a traffic light system for travel - dividing countries into red, orange and green zones. This is how that affects travel.

MAP: Which countries are on France's 'green list' for travel?
Photo: Eric Piermont/AFP

Since June 9th 2021, France has been operating a traffic light system, which divides countries into risk zones and imposes different rules depending on whether travellers are fully vaccinated or not.

You can read a full explanation of how the system works HERE.

Travellers from green zones can travel for any reason, while people travelling from orange and red zones can only travel for ‘non essential’ purposes such as tourism and family visits if they are fully vaccinated.

Countries are classified according to the health situation and the level of vaccination among the general population – and it is important to note that these classifications can change if the health situation deteriorates, the lists are regularly updated.

Here is the latest:

Green – all EU and Schengen zone countries as well as countries where the virus is not circulating widely – Saudi Arabia, Argentina, Australia, Bahrain, Canada, South Korea, the United Arab Emirates, Hong Kong, Japan, Kuwait, New Zealand, Qatar, Rwanda, Senegal, Taiwan, Uruguay, Vanuatu, South Africa, Angola, Argentina, the Bahamas, Bangladesh, Botswana, Benin, Bolivia, Canada, Les Comores, Djibouti, Eswatini, India, Iraq, Jamaica, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Lesotho, Namibia, Oman, Pakistan, Paraguay, Peru, the Philippines, Dominican Republic, St Kitts and Nevis, El Salvador, Zambia and Zimbabwe, the USA, Tunisia, Brazil, Belize, Bhutan, Myanmar, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo, Djibouti, Egypt, Ethiopia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique, Niger, Nigeria, Panama, Seychelles, Sudan, South Sudan, Timor, Tunisia. On March 31st, the UK was added to the green list.

Orange – everywhere else

Red – there are currently no countries on the red list

Member comments

  1. Chile – the name of a South American country
    Chili – the American spelling of the fruit of a capsicum plant

    😇😃🌶

  2. Interesting that there are more certified cases in some EU nations than in several of the Scarlet designated nations.

  3. Countries are classified according to the health situation and the level of vaccination among the general population and presumably, if you have cancelled a submarine contract.

  4. The U.K. did not cancel any submarine contract with France;Australia did,so keeping it on the orange list sounds well a bit “fishy” to me.I thought Macron sees himself as a great statesman but here he is acting more like my 4 year old!

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POLITICS

French parliament blocks return of the health pass for international travel

France’s new government has suffered an early setback as Parliament blocked a key part of the new Covid protocol bill, removing a clause that could have seen the return of the health pass at the French border.

French parliament blocks return of the health pass for international travel

The veille et de sécurité sanitaire bill is a roadmap for how the government intends to handle the Covid situation after the current health state of emergency ends on July 31st. 

The proposed legislation had provided for the possibility, if required, to restore the health pass for travel in and out of France, meaning travellers over the age of 12 would again have to show proof they have been vaccinated against the virus, have a recent negative PCR test, or have sufficient immunity after recently contracting the virus, in order to be allowed to enter France.

But, during a heated first reading – the atmosphere in the chamber was likened to a football match – MPs voted to remove the key article on the return of the health pass for travellers entering France from other countries.

The modified bill was adopted by 221 votes to 187 and 24 abstentions – mostly by MPs from the left – in the final vote on Tuesday night. 

The bill – which in its current form merely allows authorities to continue to collect health data on screening tests – must now go to the Senate.

“The times are serious,” Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne said on Twitter, as she promised to “fight for the spirit of responsibility to prevail in the Senate.”

Health Minister François Braun also promised to “fight” in the Senate to restore the removed article to the bill, which he said had been “emptied of part of its content”. 

On July 8th, France passed 150,000 Covid-19 related deaths since the start of the pandemic in 2020. 

The country has seen a spike in infections since the end of June, due to the presence of the highly contagious Omicron and subvariants.

National health agency Santé Publique France reported around 120,000 infections per day over the week.

More than 1,000 patients with Covid are in intensive care, while over 17,000 remain in hospital.

France’s current health rules specify the use of the health pass only for hospitals and nursing homes – it is no longer in use for everyday venues like bars, restaurants, gyms or cinemas.

Masks are “strongly recommended” on public transport, but are only compulsory in hospitals and health establishments.

International arrivals from certain countries are required to show proof of either vaccination or a recent negative test, but most of the world is now on France’s ‘green’ list of countries with minimal travel restrictions. 

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