COVID-19 UPDATES & GUIDELINES
After vaccination campaigns and measures that led to a drop in the number of infections to below 2,000 per day, France is once again facing the prospect of a rapid resumption of the epidemic, like most European countries. Faced with the spread of the Delta variant, which is 60% more contagious than previous variants, the President of the Republic announced on 12th July several measures aimed at encouraging the French to get vaccinated in order to overcome the health crisis, prevent a new epidemic wave and protect the French population and foreign visitors.
Reference: COVID UPDATES - 19 JULY 2021 - EN
You may also refer to this website for regular updates: Visas and travel modalities to France from India
Effective from 9th June, the movement of travellers between France and foreign countries has resumed under terms and conditions that will vary according to the health status of these countries and the vaccination status of travellers.
Accordingly, countries have been classified based on health indicators. The lists of countries may be updated as the epidemic situation evolves. For information on the classification of countries, please refer to this (https://www.interieur.gouv.fr/Actualites/L-actu-du-Ministere/Certificate-of-international-travel ) web site.
UPDATES ON VISAS AND TRAVEL MODALITIES TO FRANCE
- India moves into the amber list of countries from red according to the latest classification of countries by France. More information on travel from amber countries to France can be found HERE (https://in.ambafrance.org/COVID-19-Conditions-for-entering-France ).
Sworn declaration form can be downloaded HERE . (https://www.interieur.gouv.fr/Actualites/L-actu-du-Ministere/Certificate-of-international-travel ).
- There is no quarantine for children upon arrival in France. Unvaccinated children aged 12 and over will need to present a negative test result.
- There is no quarantine in France for fully vaccinated travellers.
- Travellers who already hold a valid C type valid Schengen visa can travel without restriction as long as they are fully vaccinated with Covishield or any of the EMA approved vaccines (Pfizer/Comirnaty, Moderna, AstraZeneca/Vaxzevria/Covishield). These passengers must have had 2 covishield injections with the 2nd dose being administered 7 days before the actual travel. Please refer to this link for the list of vaccines recognised by EMA. (https://www.ema.europa.eu/en/human-regulatory/overview/public-health-threats/coronavirus-disease-covid-19/treatments-vaccines/vaccines-covid-19/covid-19-vaccines-authorised ).
- The VFS centres (https://visa.vfsglobal.com/ind/en/fra/ ) in Delhi, Mumbai, Puducherry, Cochin, Chennai, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad and Pune are now operational and have started accepting all visa categories.
For those who are unvaccinated, or vaccinated with a vaccine not recognized by France, restrictions will apply and they still need compelling reasons for travel to France. Please refer to the link HERE (https://mobile.interieur.gouv.fr/Actualites/L-actu-du-Ministere/Certificate-of-international-travel ) for more information.
On this website (https://www.gouvernement.fr/en/coronavirus-covid-19 ) you can find information and guidance from the French Government regarding the current outbreak of coronavirus disease COVID-19 in France.
For travelling to France’s overseas destinations (for example: Reunion Island), the measures applied in metropolitan France are not in force in the Overseas Territories. Each Territory applies specific measures, which may include curfews or lockdowns, depending on the circulation of the virus in the specific Territory. Visit the website of the relevant Prefecture or High Commission for the latest information.
In order to travel to an Overseas Territory you must present a negative PCR test less than 72 hours old and a compelling reason to travel.
HEALTH PASS / COVID CERTIFICATE
You must present a health pass to access leisure and culture venues and events bringing together more than 50 people.
From 9th August, you will also need to present a pass in bars, restaurants, malls, hospitals (except if you are admitted for urgent care), retirement homes, residential care homes, and for long-distance travel by plane, train or coach. For campsites, and other holiday accommodation you will need to present a pass once, on arrival.
This list may be extended as necessary.
Passes can be digital (on the TousAntiCovid app) or in paper form (proof of vaccination or test result). They include a QR code that will be scanned on entry into the venue or event.
The French health pass is interoperable with the EU Digital COVID Certificate scheme for travel within the European Union, Iceland, Lichtenstein, Norway, San Marino, Switzerland and the Vatican.
In France, the COVID certificate / Health Pass is issued to people who have tested negative or who have been fully vaccinated with one of the vaccines recognized by the European Medicines Agency or one of the equivalents to these vaccines.
In order to facilitate the stay of non-EU tourists in France, the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs has set up a specific mechanism for issuing a COVID vaccine certificate of equivalence, which is valid on French territory.
Initially, this system is only open to non-EU tourists who are already in France or who will arrive on or before 15 August. Requests concerning subsequent arrivals will be processed at a later date.
NB.: A temporary QR code can also be generated by a healthcare professional following a negative RT-PCR or antigen test.
You can apply for a COVID certificate if you are a non-EU tourist who is already in France, or will arrive on or before 15th August. In order to apply for a COVID vaccine certificate, you need to meet the following conditions:
• You are from a country which is not a member of the European Union;
• If you are aged 12 and 2 months or over as at 1 october 2021. Below this age, you are not subject to COVID certificate requirements;
• You have been vaccinated with a vaccine which is accepted by the European Medicines Agency or an equivalent for over (Pfizer/Comirnaty, Moderna, AstraZeneca/Vaxzevria/Covishield);
a. 4 weeks if you received a one-dose injection (Johnson&Johnson);
b. 7 days after the second injection for two-dose vaccines (Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca and Covishield );
c. 7 days after the injection if you have recovered from COVID-19 (in this case, only one dose is necessary as per French rules);
• You are already in France or the European Union or you intend going there within the coming days.
HOW CAN I APPLY?
Since 27 August 2021, COVID certificate applications have been carried out online directly.
For non-student foreign nationals: https://www.demarches-simplifiees.fr/commencer/passe-sanitaire-etrangers
For foreign students: https://www.demarches-simplifiees.fr/commencer/passe-sanitaire-etudiants
As soon as your application has been processed, you will receive an e-mail with a QR code. It can be printed and presented on paper, or added to the TousAntiCovid smartphone application to prove your vaccination status.
WHILE AT THE AIRPORTS IN PARIS
Paris Aéroport collaborates with the Cerballiance laboratory to set up a Covid-19 screening center on departure in Paris-Charles de Gaulle airport and Paris-Orly airport. COVID SCREENING AT PARIS AIRPORTS. (https://www.parisaeroport.fr/en/passengers/services/covid-19-test-pcr-antigenic )
Covid information to passengers (https://www.parisaeroport.fr/en/passengers/flights/covid-19-informations-to-passengers )
In indoor public spaces (shops, offices, schools etc.) and on public transport you must wear a mask that covers your nose and mouth. You don’t need to wear a mask in places where a health pass is required (although local authorities may review this).
If you are outside you do not need to wear a mask except in places where social distancing is not possible (queues, open-air markets, railway stations, etc.).
Where necessary, local authorities may require masks to be worn in other places.
The embassy and consulate of your place of residence. In addition, the Ministry regularly updates its travel advice site (https://www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/fr/le-ministere-et-son-reseau/actualites-du-ministere/informations-coronavirus-covid-19/ ).
TOLL-FREE NUMBER: information on the Coronavirus COVID-19, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week: 0 800 130 000.
GUIDELINES FOR ARRIVAL IN INDIA
PROCESS FOR PASSENGERS ARRIVING TO INDIA.
The situation is dynamic and due to fast changing regulations, we recommend passengers to directly check the state wise regulations etc. on the respective platforms and accordingly ascertain eligibility. Arrival guidelines for India - AIR FRANCE (https://www.airfrance.in/IN/en/local/resainfovol/meilleuresoffres/travelrestrictions.htm?_ga=2.242818944.307778489.1628841685-2069783683.1614770393 ) and for a general overview of travel conditions & regulations (https://airfrance.traveldoc.aero/ ).
It is MANDATORY for passengers to adhere to the below regulations from Government of India. Non-compliance would lead to denied boarding.
- Registration with the Embassy of India via https://forms.gle/ddKHqae5cVrstXbu8 as per Government of India norms.
a. Passengers must register before purchasing tickets.
b. This portal is global in nature and passengers can register from any place in the world.
c. Passengers must have a copy of the registration confirmation at boarding in Paris - CDG.
- Bookings should be updated with valid email id for passengers. This is imperative to keep them updated of mandatory and important updates. Kindly refrain from using travel agency email ids.
- Mandatory for all passengers to download the “Aarogya Setu” application on mobile devices.
- Passengers arriving to Bengaluru are required to download 2 additional mobile apps:
a. Quarantine Watch
b. Apthamitra app
The Ministry of Civil Aviation India has issued new guidelines and health measures. This is applicable for passengers arriving to India with immediate effect.
All Passengers arriving to India are required to ensure mandatory compliance with the below.
It is mandatory for passengers arriving in India to submit a negative RT-PCR test report. This test should have been conducted within 72 hours prior to undertaking the journey. The test report should be uploaded on https://www.newdelhiairport.in/airsuvidha/covid-19-exemption-international-passenger for consideration. Each passenger shall also submit a declaration with respect to authenticity of the report and will be liable for criminal prosecution, if found otherwise. The decision taken by the government authorities as communicated via the portal will be final. Passengers are advised to carry a copy of the report to be produced on arrival if needed.
- All passengers must submit a self-declaration via https://www.newdelhiairport.in/airsuvidha/apho-registration at least 72 hours prior departure.
- Arrival in India without negative RT-PCR test report shall be allowed only for those traveling due to exigency of death in the family
- If passengers wish to seek such exemption, they shall apply to the online portal (newdelhiairport.in) at least 72 hours before boarding. The decision taken by the government as communicated on the online portal will be final.
- Passengers are required to give an undertaking on the portal or otherwise to Ministry of Civil Aviation, Govt. of India, before undertaking the journey that they would abide by the decision of the appropriate government authority to undergo home quarantine/ self-monitoring / hotel quarantine as applicable or as warranted.
The Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, India has issued additional guidelines and health measures as below. Passengers are required to ensure strict compliance with the same in addition to the requirements stated above.
Travel originating from EUROPE :
All passengers with journey originating /transiting on flights from Europe will be required to declare their travel history (of past 14 days) prior to commencement of journey, via the Self-Declaration Form on the line Air Suvidha portal https://www.newdelhiairport.in/airsuvidha/apho-registration
• Mandatory for these passengers to undergo a self-paid confirmatory molecular test on arrival at the Indian airports concerned (port of entry).
• If the test report is negative, they will be advised to self-monitor their health for 14 days.
• If the test report is positive, they will undergo treatment as per standard health protocol.
You may also refer to the website of the Embassy of India in France (https://www.eoiparis.gov.in/page-link/?page=consular-services ).