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France moves 29 countries onto travel ‘green list’

France has updated its list of 'green' countries, from which travellers can enter France with no requirement for proof of a Covid vaccination.

France moves 29 countries onto travel 'green list'

France on Thursday updated its green list, adding 29 new countries including India, Canada and South Africa.

Countries including the UK, USA and Australia remain on the orange list.

Travellers can come to France for any reason from green list countries, and only those who are not vaccinated require a Covid test.

Map: French Interior Ministry

The 29 added countries are; 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. 

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

All the countries within the EU and Schengen zone were already on the green list, together with others including New Zealand, Japan and Saudi Arabia.

Remaining on the orange list are countries including the UK, USA, Australia and Russia.

There are currently no countries on the red list. Find the full list here.

Green list rules

Fully vaccinated – can travel for any reason and do not need to show a Covid test at the border.

Unvaccinated – can travel for any reason but need to show a Covid test at the border. This must be either a PCR test taken within 72 hours or an antigen test taken within 48 hours. A certificate of recent recovery from Covid can also be used – full details here.

Orange list rules

Fully vaccinated – can travel for any reason and do not need to show a Covid test at the border

Unvaccinated – can only travel for essential reasons. This includes French nationals or residents returning home or essential work-related travel but does not cover holidays, family visits or visits from second-home owners. Find the full list here. Those who do qualify for travel must show a negative Covid test – either PCR or antigen – taken within 48 hours.

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Fully vaccinated

France counts as fully vaccinated people who are vaccinated with an EMA approved vaccine – Pfizer, Moderna, Janssen or AstraZeneca (including Covidshield) and are seven days after their second dose, or 28 days after the single dose in the case of Janssen.

A booster shot is not required to enter the country, but it may be needed to secure the vaccine pass that is necessary to access a wide range of venues including bars, cafés, tourist sites and long-distance train travel – full details here.

If you were vaccinated outside the EU, Schengen zone or UK you can show your vaccination certificate at the border, but once in France you will need to visit a pharmacy to obtain the QR code necessary for the French vaccine pass. QR codes from vaccine certificates issued in the EU, Schengen zone or UK are compatible with the French vaccine pass.

READ ALSO How people vaccinated outside the EU can access the French vaccine pass

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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.