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France moves India to the green list: What it means for Indian travellers

Since 3rd March 2022, as per the latest country classification announced by France, India has been moved to the green list of countries.

Latest travel guidelines to France: Updated on March 7, 2022

(1) a. The vaccines accepted by France are those recognised by the European Medicines Agency
(EMA): Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca/Vaxzevria/Covishield and Janssen.

b. Proof of complete vaccination is only valid if it can be used to demonstrate the completion of
a complete vaccination schedule, i.e.

– 7 days after the 2nd injection for double injection vaccines (Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca);
– 28 days after the injection for single injection vaccines (Janssen);
– 7 days after injection for vaccines in people with a history of Covid-19 (only 1 injection required)

c. Effective 1st February 2022, in order for their vaccination schedule to be recognised as complete, persons aged 18 years or older wishing to enter the country must have received a dose of complementary messenger RNA vaccine no later than 9 months after the injection of the last required dose. People who have received a Sputnik vaccine should receive two doses of an mRNA vaccine between 21 and 49 days apart, regardless of whether or not their vaccination schedule is complete.

d. Proof of full immunisation can be provided, inter alia, by an EU digital COVID certificate or by a COVID certificate issued in one of the 33 countries and territories that have joined the EU digital COVID certificate system under EU equivalence decisions: Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Cape Verde, El Salvador, Faroe Islands, Georgia, Israel, Iceland, Lebanon, Liechtenstein, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, Morocco, New Zealand, Northern Macedonia, Norway, Panama, San Marino, Serbia, Singapore, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Tunisia, Togo, Turkey, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, Uruguay and the Vatican City.

e. The measures applied to vaccinated adults extend under the same conditions to accompanying minors, whether or not they are vaccinated. (2). Any unvaccinated person aged 12 years and over entering France must present a negative PCR test result less than 72 hours before departure or an antigenic test less than 48 hours before departure. If coming from a green country, the person may also present, in the format of a European QR code, a certificate of recovery defined as a positive PCR or antigenic test result performed more than 11 days and less than 4 months previously

  • The lists of countries are subject to change as their epidemic situation evolves.
    Regular updates can be found on the official Government website.



1. The vaccination pass

On 3 March 2022, the French Prime Minister announced the suspension of the vaccination pass from 14 March 2022.
Precautionary and safety measures
Wearing a mask is mandatory :
o Indoors in all establishments open to the public
o In public transport, taxis and VTCs.

On 3rd March 2022, the French Prime Minister announced the abolition of the mask requirement
as of 14th March, with the exception of transport.

To know more

Annexe 1: Vaccine Pass :
Rules for the Vaccine Pass effective till 14th March:
Except for special cases,
The vaccination pass is required for people over 16 years of age for access to restaurants, leisure activities, campsites and inter-regional transport, among others.

To obtain a vaccination pass, the third dose of vaccine (also called a booster) is mandatory for people over 18 years and 1 month who received their second dose of vaccine more than 4 months ago.
This third dose can be injected in France but is only taken into account after a delay of 7 days. It is therefore recommended that travellers over 18 years of age who received their second dose of vaccine more than 4 months ago receive a third dose before coming to France.
 Since 24 January, a vaccination pass is required for people aged 16 and over in almost all places where the health pass was previously required.
– The vaccination pass consists of the presentation, in digital format or on paper, of one of the following three health proofs:
– A vaccination certificate attesting to a complete vaccination schedule, including the booster dose
within the allotted time, for people aged 18 years and 1 month and over
– A certificate of recovery more than 11 days after the positive test and less than 4 months old. For recovery certificates issued abroad, only those issued in the European Union and to which a QR code is
assigned can be taken into account in France for the allocation of the vaccination pass.
– A certificate of contraindication to vaccination
 The places where the vaccination pass is required are:
– Bars and restaurants, with the exception of take-aways
– Leisure activities (cinemas, museums, theatres, sports and entertainment venues, ski lifts in ski resorts,
– Trade fairs, trade shows and professional seminars,
– Large shopping centres
– Inter-regional transport (domestic flights, trains, buses)
– Tourist accommodation such as campsites or holiday clubs. The vaccination pass is required with a single check at the beginning of the stay.

Thus, for people over 16, only those with a vaccination pass will be able to access these places, events and services. A negative Covid-19 test (PCR or antigenic will no longer suffice.

To enable the verification of the vaccination pass, the proof documents (paper or digital format) have a QR code that can be flashed using the verified application by the operators of establishments receiving the public or the organisers of events concerned by the pass.

Exceptions to the vaccination pass
 The vaccination pass does not apply to adolescents between the ages of 12 and 15 inclusive. They are
required to have a health pass to access the above-mentioned places.
 The health pass is maintained for access to hospitals, clinics, EHPAD and retirement homes, except in
 The health pass may also be maintained for a limited period in certain territories by decision of the
 For access to inter-regional transport, travellers who do not have a vaccination pass will be able to present
a negative test if there is a compelling family or health reason.

Conditions for obtaining the vaccination pass and the health pass

 To obtain a vaccination pass, anyone over 18 years and one month old must present:
– Proof of a complete vaccination schedule: 2 doses of vaccine + a booster within 4 months of the 2nd
injection (see recognised vaccines above),
– or proof of recovery from Covid-19 infection of at least 11 days and less than 4 months. For recovery
certificates issued abroad, only those issued in the European Union and to which a QR code is assigned
can be taken into account in France for the allocation of the vaccination pass.

 To obtain a vaccination pass, anyone between the ages of 16 and 18 years and one month inclusive
must present proof of 2 injections of mRNA vaccines, except in the following 2 cases:
– The person has already contracted Covid-19 and can therefore receive a single dose of vaccine,
– The person has contracted Covid-19 at least 15 days after receiving the first injection and can
therefore do without the second dose of vaccine.

Indian nationals can request a certificate of vaccination equivalence, equivalent to a vaccination pass, by
presenting a passport and an original paper vaccination certificate at one of the 4,000 pharmacies offering this service, spread throughout France. Two of them are located at Roissy CDG airport (terminals 2E and 2F) and 500 are in Paris. The service of generating a certificate of immunisation equivalence can be invoiced for a price not exceeding 36 € including VAT.

Important Point: For people who need one or more additional doses in France, their vaccination pass will
be valid 7 days after the last injection of mRNA vaccine.
– Children under 16 years of age are not subject to the vaccination pass requirement. Children aged 12 years and two months to 16 years are subject to the health pass obligation.
– These specific rules for obtaining the French vaccination pass giving access to activities in France are not applicable for entry into French territory.

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