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Travel to France this summer: update on the formalities to be carried out

As the situation is always changing and new rules are being put in place quickly, we invite you to check for any changes to the system, in particular by following the Consulate on social networks: Facebook and Twitter.

Returning to France from Canada

Since August 1, 2022, the rules previously applied to travelers to France no longer apply:

Travelers no longer have to complete any formalities before their arrival in France, in mainland France and overseas, and presentation of the health pass can no longer be required, regardless of the country or area of ​​origin;

no further proof of travel (the “compelling reason”) can be required;

travelers no longer have to present a sworn statement of non-contamination and a commitment to undergo an antigenic test or a biological examination on arrival in the national territory.

The same goes for travel between mainland France and each of the overseas territories.

Similarly, no more justification of the reason for a trip departing from France, in mainland France or overseas, nor any certificate of leaving the territory is required by the French authorities to go to another country.

What identity documents are authorized to enter France?

Travelers from Canada can enter France with their valid passport, regardless of their nationality, as well as their visa if their nationality is subject to it.

French nationals who no longer have a valid French passport but have another valid passport (Canadian in particular) can travel with their passport of another valid nationality.

It should be checked whether the country of origin of the valid passport is subject to a visa for entry into France. This is not the case for a Canadian passport for stays of less than 90 days.

Air France, Air Canada and Air Transat also accept French nationals with a French passport that expired less than 5 years ago. Be careful however, for the return to Canada, it is imperative that the passenger has a valid passport.

Return to Canada from France

Foreign nationals fully vaccinated must meet all of these requirements to enter Canada:

be fully vaccinated

- be asymptomatic;

- submit their mandatory information by means of
ArriveCAN, including proof of vaccination in English or French;

- hold an electronic travel authorization (AVE) or a visa corresponding to the reason for their stay (study, work, etc.).

Pre-entry testing is not required for fully immunized travelers entering Canada.

Travelers arriving from overseas may be randomly selected for a screening upon arrival. They will not be required to remain in quarantine while awaiting their test result.

To qualify as a fully immunized person, you must have received at least two doses of an accepted vaccine or a mixture of two accepted vaccines or at least one dose of the Janssen/Johnson & Johnson vaccine, at least 14 days before the day of your trip.

The vaccines accepted by Canada are:

- Pfizer-BioNTech Comirnaty (tozinameran, BNT162b2)

- Moderna Spikevax (mRNA-1273)

- AstraZeneca Vaxzevria/COVISHIELD (ChAdOx1-S, AZD1222)

- Janssen/Johnson & Johnson (Ad26.COV2.S)

- Bharat Biotech (Covaxin, BBV152 A, B, C)

- Sinopharm (Beijing) BBIBP-CorV (Vero Cells)

- Sinovac (CoronaVac, PiCoVacc)

- Novavax (NVX-COV2373, Nuvaxovid, Covovax)

Detailed information on the requirements for vaccinated travelers is available on the Canadian government website.

Special cases :

Unvaccinated or partially vaccinated children 5-11 years of age who are accompanied by a parent, step-parent, guardian or guardian who is fully vaccinated are no longer required to be tested of COVID-19 prior to entering Canada.

Fully immunized children 5-11 years old do not need to provide proof of a pre-entry test result. The adult accompanying them must upload their proof of vaccination in ArriveCAN. Details on the Canadian government website

The unvaccinated adolescents 12-17 years old must meet all testing and quarantine requirements, whether or not they are accompanied by a traveler who meets the fully vaccinated traveler waiver.

Children under the age of 5 do not need to show proof of a COVID-19 test result.

The travellers unvaccinated who have the right to enter Canada (permanent residents, temporary workers, other exceptions…) will have to carry out screening tests – on their arrival and on the eighth day after their arrival – and will have to quarantine for 14 days . .

All the measures that apply in Canada can be found on the Canadian government website.

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