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in France - 2021 - Towards a return to normal
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› Coronavirus 2021
is now required at the
entrance to most events and attractions with a capacity of over 50
people. It is also required in order to board any long-distance bus or
train service (TGV or Intercity) or domestic flights . Depending on
what you are doing in France, you may well need to obtain an official
French (EU) Covid pass before you arrive.
Proof can be
provided in multiple formats; the easiest is as a QR code as provided
by the European Union covid passport - either on a phone or
France now also accepts British NHS Covid passes issued in
England Wales and Northern Ireland. Visitors from other countries (USA,
and others) are advised, and indeed may be required, to obtain a French Covid pass
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for full details about obtaining a French Covid pass. This can be
easily done online, as long as you satisfy the criteria. There is no
Update November 2021
The daily infection rate in France fell steadily from
August until late October, falling below 5000 new daily cases. Since
the start of November it has risen to about 10,000 new cases per day,
and seems to have stabilised, though a further rise is not ruled out
given the higher rates in neighbouring countries (for comparison:
the UK currently records around 35,000 new cases per day).
France remains however under strict though relaxed Covid
rules, and nobody is ruling out a new spike. However, a month after the
start of school and return to work, there has been no surge, presumably
as a result of continuing application of Covid measures, and also
because with 75% of 12-17 year olds vaccinated in France, there has
been no surge in schools.
in style... and obligatory in some places and for some professions .....
Generally speaking, everything is now open for business, though covid
passports are required at the entrance to restaurants, museums and
events, and social distancing measures and anti-crowding restrictions
are still in place.
Trade and business fairs and
conventions have resumed, with a maximum of 5000 visitors,
social distancing rules..
For some sites, reservaton may be required /
recommended, but in the current state of flux and
uncertainty, which is not limited to France, details need to
checked on an attraction's individual website.
Tourism is reviving
tourism industry is gearing up to welcome back many of the tourists and
visitors who have not had much of a holiday since 2019. International borders
open - subject to a traffic-light system - and vehicles and
campervans with foreign
registrations have made a new appearance on French motorways. Generally
people entering France from abroad must show proof of a negative covid test
than 72 hours before their entry, though this is unlikely to be
checked, except maybe in airports, particularly for long-haul arrivals.
Much will depend on the
speed at which Covid infections continue to fall, which in turn depends
to a large extent on the speed of the vaccine rollout in different
As of 3rd October 2021, France is among the most vaccinated countries
in Europe, with 72% of the total population and
82.3% of adults being fully vaccinated.
are no travel restrictions within France
have reopened, but often only to people
wearing a mask.....
The vaccination campaign
in France was beset in its early days by problems,
including a certain degree of
scepticism with regard to the effectiveness of vaccinations. But with
vaccination reticence falling and vaccination availability
rising, the vaccination campaign has now gone into overdrive.