September 10 update on entry requirements for U.S. Citizens & Residents

Republic of France
Press release

September 10 update on entry requirements for U.S. residents

The French Government announced today that the United States has been placed on the Orange List* (or Amber list) of countries, following the EU’s removal of the USA from the so-called green or safe list. The measure takes effect on Sunday, September 12, 2021.

This will not affect vaccinated travelers who will be able to board flights with proof of vaccination and to enter France freely without restrictions. However, to avoid repetitive tests once in France to visit public sites (i.e. museum & monuments, restaurants & cafes etc..) and to board domestic transportation, it is strongly recommended that vaccinated travelers from the U.S. apply for the COVID Certificate valid in France. Applications to receive a COVID Certificate must be done online here.

Un-vaccinated travelers from the U.S. will not be allowed in France unless they provide proof of a compelling reason that can be found here

Reminder for vaccinated American and non-EU travelers:

The vaccines accepted by France are those recognized by the European Medecines Agency (EMA): Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson.

The proof of vaccination is only valid on condition that it attests to the fullfilment of a complete vaccination timetable, that is:

• 2 weeks after the 2nd injection for dual injection vaccines (Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca);

• 4 weeks after the injection for vaccines with a single injection (Johnson & Johnson);

• 2 weeks after injection for vaccines in people with a history of Covid-19 (only 1 injection required)

*The Orange or Amber category means coming from a country with active circulation of the virus in controlled proportions, without the spread of variants of concern.


Marion Fourestier
Atout France-The France Tourism Development Agency