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Last updated: 12 October 2021, 13:09 (GMT +4)

Travel from the UAE to France

Passengers from the UAE can travel to France under one the following conditions:

  • Present a completed vaccination certificate with any approved vaccine as per below. A COVID 19 PCR test certificate is not required for vaccinated passengers.

            Or

  • Present a negative COVID-19 PCR or antigen test result for a test taken less than 72 hours before departure.

Children between the ages of 12–18 years old can travel with a negative COVID 19 PCR or Antigen test even if they are not vaccinated. However they should be travelling with vaccinated parents.

Non vaccinated children under 12 years of age are permitted to travel with fully vaccinated parents without any additional requirements.

A compelling reason is not required to travel to France from the UAE.

Approved vaccines:

  • Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca   accepted for travel 7 days after the complete dosage
  • Johnson & Johnson – accepted for travel 28 days after the complete dosage
  • If previously infected with COVID 19 and vaccinated with approved vaccines – accepted for travel 7 days after first dose
  • Complete dose of an WHO approved vaccine in addition  booster (1 dosage) of an EMA approved vaccine (I.e. (Two doses of Sinopahrm + One dose of Pfizer)

Travel to France

Please check if you are allowed entry to France before you travel. If you are travelling to France, you may be required to take a COVID-19 PCR test before departure and fill out required forms before arrival.

Effective 9 June 2021, the following requirements apply based on country categories:

EU and French nationals will not be required to present compelling reasons for travel to France but must comply with the requirements for the country category they are travelling from, as well as their vaccination status.

The list of country categories is available here.

Green countries

  • Fully vaccinated passengers:
    • Can enter France without any restriction
  • Non-vaccinated passengers:
    • Must take a COVID-19 PCR or antigen test less than 72 hours before departure

Orange countries

  • Fully vaccinated passengers can enter France without any restriction
  • Non-vaccinated passengers:
    • Must have a compelling reason for travelling to France
    • Must take a COVID-19 PCR test less than 72 hours before departure, or an antigen test 48 hours before departure
    • Will be subject to random testing on arrival
    • Must self-isolate for 7 days

Red countries

  • Fully vaccinated passengers can enter France without any restriction
  • Non-vaccinated passengers:
    • Must have a compelling reason for travelling to France
    • Must take a COVID-19 PCR or antigen test 48 hours before departure
    • Will be subject to testing on arrival
    • Must undergo mandatory 10-day quarantine

Note:

  • The compelling reasons and quarantine requirements that apply to adults according to their vaccination status also apply to accompanying passengers below 18 years old, regardless of the minor’s vaccination status.
  • The requirements per country category apply to your point of origin. This also applies to transit passengers with up to 24 hours connection time. If your transit exceeds 24 hours, the transfer country’s category (Green/Orange/Red) will apply.

Approved vaccines:

  • Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca - accepted for travel 7 days after the complete dosage
  • Johnson & Johnson – accepted for travel 28 days after the complete dosage
  • If previously infected with COVID-19 and vaccinated with approved vaccines – accepted for travel 7 days after first dose

Exemptions

Passengers transiting through CDG to travel to a third country within 24 hours are not required to present a COVID-19 PCR test certificate provided they do not exit the airport.

Children below 12 years old are not required to take any COVID-19 test regardless of the country they travel from. Children from 12 years old and above are subject to the same rules as adults.

Crew members travelling to or from deployment or personnel necessary for the operation of passenger or cargo flights

Members of a delegation on official missions, diplomatic mission staff, or staff of international organisation with headquarters or offices located in France, as well as their spouse and children.

Travel eligibility

Travel to and from France is restricted except for green countries.

Transiting passengers will be required to provide two boarding passes (from the origin as well as transfer airport) at the immigration in France.

Passengers who require a compelling reason must present supporting documents for compelling professional, personal and emergency reasons to travel to be accepted on flights. Passengers must also present a print-out of the completed necessary forms for compelling reasons to authorities.

Compelling reasons of a personal or family nature:

  • Death of a family member in the direct line of a brother or sister / visit to a person whose the vital prognosis is engaged, for the members of the family in direct line (required documents: act or certificate of death, medical certificate establishing the person s situation whose vital prognosis is engaged)
  • Child custody by the parent vested with parental authority or whose custody right is recognised by legal decision (required documents: court decision and supporting document for the place of residence)
  • Summons by a judicial or administrative authority (required documents: summons by the administrative or judicial authority)
  • Legal or economic impossibility of remaining in the territory in which the person / execution is located a measure of distance from the territory (required documents: expiring residence permit, act of dismissal, etc.)
  • Students at the start, resumption or end of their studies cycle (required document: school certificate issued by the institution)

Compelling reason for health:

  • Vital medical emergency, including an accompanying person if their presence is essential (required documents: medical certificate, proof of scheduled hospitalization, etc.

Compelling professional reasons:

  • Missions essential to the pursuit of an economic activity, requiring an on-site presence which cannot be postponed, including transport professionals (required documents: certificate from the employer, professional card for transport crews, international freight, international passenger transport, international transport maritime)
  • Health professional contributing to the fight against COVID-19 or participating in cooperation of major interest in health matters (required document: professional card)
  • One-off missions linked to the exercise of public authority prerogatives (including diplomatic missions) that cannot be postponed or cancelled (required document: professional card, mission order)
  • High-level professional sportsmen participating in meetings validated by the Ministry of Sports (required documents: professional card, certificate issued by the organizer in conjunction with the Ministry of Sports)

Required forms

All passengers travelling to mainland France must complete the locator form.

Additionally passengers must complete the following forms before check-in:

Other information

You can find further information here and get advice for foreign nationals here.

Passengers are required to change their face masks every 4 hours. This is applicable on board and at airport premises.

Travel from France

It is now possible for all vaccinated passengers to travel to all countries, whether classified as green, orange or red, without a compelling reason or quarantine on return.

Green countries

  • Fully vaccinated passengers can travel according to the rules of the country of destination
  • Non vaccinated passengers:
    • Must follow the rules of the country of destination

When returning to France these passengers must complete a COVID-19 PCR or antigen test less than 72 hours before departure.

Orange countries

  • Fully vaccinated passengers can travel according to the rules of the country of destination
  • Non vaccinated passengers:
    • Must have a compelling reason for travelling from France
    • Must follow the rules of the country of destination

When returning to France these passengers must complete a COVID-19 PCR test 7 less than 72 hours before departure or antigen test less than 48 hours before departure

They will be subject to random testing on arrival and must self-isolate for 7 days.

Red countries

  • Fully vaccinated passengers can travel according to the rules of the country of destination
  • Non vaccinated passengers:
    • Must have a compelling reason for travelling from France
    • Must follow the rules of the country of destination

When returning to France these passengers must complete a COVID-19 PCR or antigen test less than 48 hours before departure

They will be subject to testing on arrival and must undergo mandatory 10 day quarantine.

Minors

  • The measures applied to fully vaccinated adults extend under the same conditions to minors accompanying them, whether or not they are vaccinated.
  • Minor passengers who are not fully vaccinated accompanying an adult who is fully vaccinated do not need a compelling reason nor undergo a quarantine on arrival in France but must take a COVID 19 PCR test less than 72 hours before or antigen test less than 48 hours before departure to France.
  • PCR or antigen tests are now applicable to passengers from 12 years old and over.

Vaccinated passengers are persons who can justify a complete vaccination course with a vaccine recognized by the European Medicines Agency, that is to say any person having received the injection of two doses of Pfizer vaccine, Moderna or AstraZeneca (or one dose for passengers who have already contracted the COVID 19) and a period of 7 days. For the Janssen single dose vaccine, the vaccination is complete after injection and a period of 28 days.

COVID 19 testing requirements

In cooperation with BIOGROUP laboratories, Emirates has simplified procedures so you can take COVID 19 PCR test with confidence before you travel. Find the testing facility closest to you on the BIOGROUP laboratories website. Present your ticket or booking confirmation and the costs of the test will be covered by health insurance for French nationals or medical cases only. You should receive your test results within 48 hours after the sample is taken. Please note that Emirates is not liable for the samples, their transfer and analysis as carried out under the full responsibility of BIOGROUP, nor for any delay in the release of test results.

Travelling to, from and through Dubai

If you re travelling to, from or transiting through Dubai, please check our Travel requirements for Dubai.