France places US and Canada on its Covid green list for travel

Travellers from the US and Canada will be able to enter France more easily after the two countries were put on the country's green list on Thursday.

France places US and Canada on its Covid green list for travel
The US and Canada have been classed as 'green' on France's travel list. Photo: CHANDAN KHANNA / AFP

The US and Canada were on Thursday reclassified as “green” under France’s traffic list classification for Covid travel restrictions, which means Covid-19 cases are low enough to allow for people to travel more freely.

They had been classed as orange when the traffic light system was first announced on June 9th, but an announcement in the government’s Journal officiel signalled the change.

Arrivals from the two North American countries will now no longer have to go into quarantine on arrival in France, and will be able to enter the country without an “essential reason”, even if they have not been vaccinated.

Essentially that means non-vaccinated tourists or second home owners from the US or Canada are free to travel to France.

If they have not received both doses of the vaccine, travellers will have to present a negative PCR or antigen test taken less than 72 hours before boarding the plane.

Those who have been vaccinated will have to present proof of vaccination.

 EXPLAINED: How does France’s Covid traffic light system for travel work?

Before the reclassification from orange to green, unvaccinated travellers from US and Canada had to have an essential reason for travel and spend 7 days in self-isolation after arriving in France.

Earlier this week the EU also signalled it was adding the US to its Covid “white list” for travel. This was simply a recommendation to EU member states, who decide border policy independently.

Also on the green list are all EU and Schengen zone countries as well as countries where the virus is not circulating widely such as Australia, South Korea, Israel, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore and Lebanon

In other changes announced on Thursday, Turkey passed from red to orange whilst Afghanistan, Paraguay and Maldives were added to the red list – meaning travel from those countries to France is essentially barred for most people.

Member comments

    1. We can leave. Non-essential travel is not advised but it’s not prevented either.

      Anxiously awaiting Canada’s announcement regarding restrictions upon return though. Indications are no quarantine for vaccinated travellers but not officially announced yet.

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‘Arrive early’: Passengers at European airports warned of travel disruption

Europe's airports chief told passengers to leave time for delays this summer as the air travel industry struggles to meet surging demand after the pandemic.

'Arrive early': Passengers at European airports warned of travel disruption

“The clear conjunction of a much quicker recovery with a very tight labour market is creating a lot of problems,” Olivier Jankovec, head of the Europe branch of the Airports Council International (ACI), told AFP.

He said there were issues from airports to airlines, ground handlers, police and border controls, but insisted: “The system still works”.

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“It’s important for passengers that they communicate with the airlines in terms of when they should get to the airport, and prepare to come earlier than usual to make sure to have the time to go through, especially if they have to check luggage,” he said.

Strikes by low-cost pilots and cabin crew across Europe – including this weekend – are adding to the disruption.

Speaking at the ACI Europe annual congress in Rome, Jankovec said airports had taken measures to improve the situation, which would come into effect from mid-July.

“Additional staff will be coming in July, the reconfiguration of some of the facilities and infrastructure to facilitate the flows will also come into effect in July,” he said.

“I think it will be tight, there will be some disruptions, there will be longer waiting times.

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“But I think that in the vast majority of airports, the traffic will go, people will not miss their planes, and hopefully everybody will be able to reach their destination as planned.”

He also defended increases in airport charges, after criticism from the International Air Transport Association (IATA), which represents airlines.

Airports face “the same difficulties and inflationary pressures” as airlines, which he noted were putting their fares up, he said.

“Staff and energy is 45 percent of our operating costs, and of course inflation is also driving up the cost of materials,” he said.