COVID FAQ

TRAVELING TO SPAIN & PORTUGAL & FRANCE & MOROCCO

Updated on May 16th, 2022

SPAIN
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

1-. Can Americans travel to Spain?

Effective February 1, 2022, U.S. citizens can travel from the United States to Spain on non-essential travel, such as tourism) if they show proof that they are fully vaccinated and have received the last required dose of their COVID-19 vaccine no less than 14 days, and no more than 270 days (9 months), prior to arrival in Spain. If more than 270 days (9 months) have passed since receiving the last required dose of their COVID-19 vaccine, U.S. citizens must show proof of having received a booster shot at least 14 days prior to arrival in Spain.

If you recently recovered from COVID-19, you may travel with documentation of recovery from COVID-19 (i.e., your positive COVID-19 viral test result on a sample taken no more than 90 days before the flight’s departure from a foreign country and a letter from a licensed healthcare provider or a public health official stating that you were cleared to travel).

Air passengers will also be required to confirm in the form of an attestation that the information they present is true.

Additionally, U.S. citizens travelling from the United States to Spain must present upon arrival in Spain a QR code generated through the Spain Travel Health portal, obtained through the website or by downloading the “SpTH app”, https://www.spth.gob.es/faq in Google Play Store or iTunes App Store for each traveler, regardless of their age. Please read the detailed information on the Spain Ministry of Health’s website.

This applies to U.S. citizens travelling to Spain from the United States, including if they transit through a third country.

U.S. citizens who are travelling to Spain from a country that is not the United States should make sure they follow the guidance published by Spanish authorities on their local Spain Embassy website.

All travelers should have a plan in case they have to extend their stay if they test positive right before leaving Spain. There have been many instances where travelers who were planning to depart on scheduled flights have tested positive and have had to remain in Spain longer than originally planned. Spanish health authorities will instruct you to isolate/quarantine for a period of time (7 to 10 days minimum) in a local hotel at your own expense. The Embassy or Consulate cannot assist you in getting back to the United States earlier than prescribed by Spanish health authorities or provide monetary assistance for any required extended lodging.

2-. What documents are required to travel to Spain?

A. Certificate of vaccination (at least 14 days from the date of the final dose of the complete (first) course of vaccination, as long as the final dose of that course of vaccination was no more than 270 days ago. From that time, the certificate must show the administration of a booster vaccination (from 1 February 2022).

Accepted vaccines: Pfizer-Biontech, Moderna, Astra-Zeneca, Jansen / Johnson & Johnson, Sinovac and Sinopharm. The vaccination certificate must include at least the following information:

  • Name and surname of the holder.
  • Vaccination date, indicating the date of the last dose administered.
  • Type of vaccine administered
  • Number of doses administered / completed course
  • Issuing country
  • Identification of the issuing body of the vaccination certificate

B. It is mandatory to fill out the Spain Health Control form (FCS). It must be completed and signed online before your trip to Spain. You may access the form and sign it through the Spain Travel Healthportal or through the apps for Android or iOS devices.

All passengers arriving in Spain as their final destination must undergo a health check on arrival at the first entry point. This control will include, at least, the temperature measurement, a documentary control and a visual control on the state of the passenger.

Important: In the case of international cruises, a specific form is required to replace the SpTH.

Children under the age of 12 do not have to present any kind of health certificate. Between the ages of 12 and 18, they must have a vaccination certificate, i.e. they cannot enter with a certificate of a diagnostic test or a certificate of recovery, apart from the exceptions.

3-. How do I generate a QR Code?

If you travel by air, A form must be completed and signed electronically before your arrival in Spain. You need to generate a QR code 48 hours before your flight to Spain. The QR code will be checked on arrival at the airport. Each traveler needs his own QR code.

The QR code can be generated through the Spain Travel Health portal. You may use their website (https://www.spth.gob.es/) or download the Spain Travel Health App in Google Play or App Store.

Each passenger must fill in a form associated with each trip that is personal and non-transferable. Once you fill out the form on the website, the code will be sent to your email. You must have it printed or on your mobile phone.

Spain Travel Health Portal: https://www.spth.gob.es/

Or download their app:

If you travel by sea, the form will be provided during the trip or upon arrival at the port of destination in Spain or can be filled out through this website: https://spthm.puertos.es/

There is no obligation to present this form when travelling to Spain by land (car or train).

4-. Am I required to quarantine on arrival?

Travelers arriving from the US or Canada are not required to quarantine on arrival.

However, a quarantine period of 10 days upon arrival in Spain is established for people from high-risk countries. These countries are: Republic of Botswana, Kingdom of Eswatini, Kingdom of Lesotho, Republic of Mozambique, Republic of Namibia, Republic of South Africa and Republic of Zimbabwe. This period may end earlier, if on the seventh day the traveler obtains a negative test for active infection.

5-. What are the current restrictions in place?

General measures in Spain:

Use of facemasks: As of February 10, the use of a face mask outdoors or indoors is no longer mandatory.

Physical Distancing: All people must keep a physical distance of 1.5 meters. Alternatively, a face mask must be worn.

Indoor and outdoor meetings, public or private gatherings and events: Physical distancing measures must be guaranteed, and maximum precautions must be taken to avoid meetings and overcrowding in indoor places. Specific territorial regulations might be in place, please, consult.

Safety measures for public transportation: The use of a face mask is compulsory on all means of public transport for everyone.

Non-essential (other than medicine and food) shops: OPEN Shops must ensure that disinfection measures and social distancing are applied. Special attention is required in commercial areas and street markets. Restrictions can differ between autonomous regions.

Tourist accommodations: OPEN WITH LIMITATIONS Occupancy is often limited, especially at the reception and in common areas. In-house catering services must comply with the general disinfection and social distancing measures, as well as restricted opening hours. There may be temporary limitations on the number of guests per table. All tourist services should ensure everyone’s safety, based on three essential principles: social distancing, hygiene, and responsible behaviour. Measures may be changed when necessary to respond to the local COVID-19 situation.

Catering establishments: OPEN WITH LIMITATIONS In general, social distancing of 1.5 meters at the bar is mandatory, and tables should at least be 1.5 meters apart. For restaurants, limits of persons per table applies and indoor dining is limited, according to the rules in place in different autonomous regions.

Autonomous Regions might require the EU Digital COVID certificate (or equivalent) to access indoor bars and clubs. Checking the regional websites is highly recommended for being updated with the new possible regulations.

Cinemas, museums and indoor attractions Routes will be designed to facilitate social distancing and the use of outdoor spaces is encouraged. The use of a facemask is mandatory.

Outdoors areas and beaches: OPEN WITH LIMITATIONS Most beaches are public spaces with free access, but depending on their occupancy levels, local governments may apply measures to ensure social distancing. In some regions, masks are compulsory on the beach for some situations. In protected natural spaces there can be time limits on the use of visitor centers or viewing points.

6-. What are the currently restrictions in place in each region?

Andalusia:

There are no longer any restrictions to occupancy nor restrictions to the hours they can operate for restaurants, theaters, concerts and any public event.

Balearic Islands:

Clubs have no longer any restrictions to occupancy nor restrictions to the hours they can operate.

Restaurants no longer have restrictions to their working hours or occupancy limit.

Basque Country:

Restaurants no longer have restrictions to their working hours or occupancy limit.

Clubs have no longer any restrictions to occupancy nor restrictions to the hours they can operate

Canary Islands:

Certificate of vaccination, antigen tests taken a maximum of 48 hours before arrival in Spain or NAAT tests (PCR, TMA, LAMP) taken a maximum of 72 hours before arrival in Spain will be accepted.

No limits for meetings, restaurants or night clubs visits.

Catalonia (Barcelona, Girona)

Restaurants & bars no longer have restrictions to their working hours or occupancy limit. It is recommended to limit the number of people per table to 10 people. All people must keep a physical distance of 1.5 meters. Alternatively, a face mask must be worn.

Nightlife: Opened from February 11th. Masks are mandatory if not consuming drinks or food and dancing is allowed while wearing a mask covering nose and mouth.

Galicia (Santiago de Compostela)

A Covid Passport is required to access any hospital.

Restaurants & bars no longer have restrictions to their working hours.

All nightlife venues no longer have restrictions to their working hours.

Madrid

There are no more restrictions for opening hours in bars and restaurants nor limits in terms of occupancy.

Smoking is prohibited on terraces if the two meter distance between people is not guaranteed.

Nightclubs can open without any limitations of hours nor occupancy.

Valencia region

Restaurants and nightlife venues can now open without limitations to occupancy and operating hours. The municipality recommends no more than 10 people per table when eating indoors.

COVID passport: only mandatory in residences and social centers for the elderly.

7-. What are the specific rules for entering the Balearic Islands (Mallorca, Menorca, Ibiza & Formentera)?

Starting November 1st, All travelers arriving to the Balearic Islands from another part of Spain will not have to pass any Health Control. There are also no additional controls when traveling from island to island. We recommend to be alert in case new measures take place.

8-. Are there any special requirements for entering the Canary Islands (Tenerife, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, La Palma, La Gomera, El Hierro)?

In any case, it is extremely important you check your operator or airline's conditions before traveling to Canary Islands.

If you travel from another city within Spain: Passengers must meet only one of the following requirements:

1-. Certificate of full vaccination against COVID-19.

2-. Negative Diagnostic Test of Active COVID-19 Infection taken regardless of vaccination status or prior infection. Antigen tests taken a maximum of 48 hours before arrival in Spain and NAAT tests (PCR, TMA, LAMP) taken a maximum of 72 hours before arrival in Spain will be accepted.

3-. Certificate of recovery confirming that the holder has recovered from COVID-19, issued at least 11 days after the first positive NAAT test (PCR, TMA, LAMP). The certificate is valid for 180 days.

Control form. We recommend completing the form digitally, including all of the necessary documents in order to speed up airport checks (fast control). If you are travelling on a cruise ship, check with your operator.

If you are travelling from high-risk countries within the EU and Schengen, apart from the control form required to enter Spain, you must have a negative Diagnostic Test taken regardless of vaccination status or prior infection. Antigen tests taken a maximum of 48 hours before arrival in Spain and NAAT tests (PCR, TMA, LAMP) taken a maximum of 72 hours before arrival in Spain will be accepted.

If you travel between islands:

Movement between the islands is fully reinstated at the moment, with daily connections that allow you to easily get from one island to any other, either by plane or by boat. We recommend to be alert in case new measures take place.

In any case, it is extremely important you check your operator or airline's conditions before traveling to Canary Islands.

9-. Can I Travel from Spain to Portugal??

By air: Mandatory to present:

- A valid vaccination EU Digital COVID Certificate (with a complete vaccination schedule or with a complete vaccination schedule and a vaccine booster)

- Or a valid test or recovery EU Digital COVID Certificate,

- Or a valid vaccination certificate (with a complete vaccination schedule or a vaccine booster) or recovery certificate issued by a third country, under reciprocal conditions

- Or a negative RT-PCR Test (or similar NAAT test) - 72h before boarding, or

- Or a negative Laboratorial Rapid Antigen Test- 24h before boarding

Children under 12 do not need to present certificate or test.

Passengers must also present a Passenger Locator form. https://portugalcleanandsafe.pt/en/passenger-locator-card

By land: It is mandatory to present the EU COVID Digital Certificate. Citizens who are not holders of the Digital Covid EU certificate in vaccination, test, or recovery modalities, will have to present proof of a negative RT-PCR test (TAAN), performed in the last 72 hours, or rapid antigen test (TRAg), performed in the last 24h.

10-. Is there anything I need to do to travel back to the US?

Starting December 6th all airline passengers to the United States regardless of vaccination or antibody status, including U.S. citizens, ages two years and older must provide a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within one calendar day of travel or documentation of having recovered from COVID-19 in the past 90 days. Check your operator or airline´s conditions before traveling.

Accepted tests: NAATs, RT-PC, RT-LAMP, TMA, NEAR or HDA. Rapid antigen testing is also supported. More information here (in English only).

Some States may require a US entry form (for example, see the New York form here).

There is no mandatory quarantine period required.

PORTUGAL
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

1-. Can Americans travel to Portugal?

Current regulations allow U.S. citizens to travel directly from the United States to Portugal for non-essential travel (i.e. tourism).

PLEASE CONFIRM WITH YOUR AIRLINE COMPANY IF YOUR VACCINATION CERTIFICATE IS VALID BEFORE MAKING TRAVEL PLANS.

Passenger Locator Card must be completed and submitted. (Different airlines require completion of form before take-off. We advise completing and printing prior to scheduled travel)

Passengers unable to submit an EU Digital Vaccination Certificate: All passengers 12 years old older must present a negative COVID 19 test:

PCR / NAAT test 72 hours before boarding or a rapid Antigen / TRAg test 24 hours before boarding. Additionally, a Passenger Locator Card must be completed and submitted. (Some airlines require completion of this form before take-off. We advise completing and printing prior to scheduled travel)

2-. What documents are required to travel to Portugal?

Mandatory negative test is required for all flights arriving in Portugal, even for those who have a digital vaccination certificate, regardless of the point of origin of the flight or the passenger's nationality.

RT-PCR Test (or similar NAAT test) - 72h before boarding, or Rapid Antigen Test - 48h before boarding.

PLEASE CONFIRM WITH YOUR AIRLINE COMPANY IF YOUR VACCINATION CERTIFICATE IS VALID BEFORE MAKING TRAVEL PLANS.

All passengers need to fill a Passenger Locator Card (individually) before departure to Portugal or on board at https://portugalcleanandsafe.pt/en/passenger-locator-card

Before traveling, it is important to confirm the entry formalities and procedures with the airline company and the Portuguese border service

3-. What must be shown on my vaccination or recovery certificate for it to be accepted in Portugal?

Certificates issued by third countries, under reciprocal conditions

Vaccination certificates must include:

  • Given name(s) and surname(s) of the holder;
  • Date of birth;
  • Disease or agent targeted: COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2 or one of its variants);
  • Vaccine against COVID-19 or prophylaxis;
  • Name of the vaccine against COVID-19;
  • Marketing authorization holder or manufacturer of the vaccine against COVID-19;
  • Number in a series of doses as well as the total number of doses in the series;
  • Date of vaccination, indicating the date of the last dose administered;
  • Member State or third country where the vaccine was administered;
  • Entity issuing the certificate.

Recovery certificates must include:

  • Given name(s) and surname(s) of the holder;
  • Date of birth;
  • Disease or agent from which the holder recovered: COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2 or one of its variants);
  • Date of the first positiveresult of the diagnostic test;
  • Member State or third country in which the diagnostic test was performed;
  • Entity issuing the certificate;
  • Valid certificate

Non-reciprocity in the recognition by third countries of the validity of the EU COVID Digital Certificate issued by Portugal, in the modalities of vaccination or recovery certificates, prevents the recognition of the validity of certificates issued by these third countries.

In contrast, those unable to provide one of the above-mentioned certificates must present a negative test result carried out within 72 or 48 hours before their arrival in Portugal.

4-. What type of tests are required to enter Portugal?

  • NAAT - Nucleic Acid Amplification Tests (RT-PCR, NEAR, TMA, LAMP, HDA, CRISPR, SDA, etc), performed within 72 hours prior to the time of departure.
  • OR
  • An antigen test (TRAg) performed within 24 hours prior to the time of departure. Only Rapid Antigen Tests that are on the list agreed by the European Union Health Committee are allowed. Passengers who present tests that do not comply with the requirements must undergo a new test on arrival, at their own expenses, and must wait at a designated place inside the airport, until the result is notified.

*Children under 12 years are exempt from testing.

** It is mandatory for all passengers bound for mainland Portugal or in transit/transfer (including from Madeira and Azores) to fill online a Passenger Locator Form (individually)

The following information must be present for the test to be valid:

a) Complete Identification of the Passenger

b) Clear Identification of the laboratory, including the certification

c) Reference to the use of the method used

d) Date and Time of the exam collection

e) Explicit Negative test result

f) Presented in Portuguese, French, English, Spanish and Italian

NOTE: The test result must be presented at check-in, boarding and arrival in digital or paper format. The SMS format is not valid.

5-. What is the Passenger Locator Card?

The Portugal Passenger Locator Card is a new travel screening required for all international travelers who want to travel to Portugal. This locator card is designed to help the Portuguese public health authorities to contact passengers who may have been exposed to COVID-19.

Get your Locator Card here: https://portugalcleanandsafe.pt/en/passenger-locator-card

Once you fill in the required information, the card will be sent to your email.

6-. Are there additional screening procedures in place at the airport on arrival?

Yes, additionally, all passengers arriving to Portugal are subject to mandatory temperature checks and may be required to undergo secondary health screening and/or COVID-19 testing.

7-. Can I travel to Portugal from Spain or any other European Country?

To enter Portugal through Spain by airplane, all travelers must present a negative test result. To enter Portugal through Spain by Land it is mandatory to present the EU COVID Digital Certificate. Citizens who are not holders of the Digital Covid EU certificate in vaccination, test, or recovery modalities, will have to present proof of a negative RT-PCR test (TAAN), performed in the last 72 hours, or rapid antigen test (TRAg), performed in the last 24h.

8-. Am I required to quarantine on arrival?

U.S. citizens arriving from Mozambique, South Africa, Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Namibia and Zimbabwe, will have to fulfil a mandatory 14 -days quarantine upon entering in Portugal at their residence or a location designated by the Portuguese Health Authorities.

Can U.S. citizens be required to quarantine? Yes. Travelers are not able to board an outbound flight from Portugal to the United States without a negative COVID test. Under the State of Contingency, the Portuguese Government can impose mandatory quarantine for individuals who test positive for COVID-19 and individuals deemed by health officials to require special medical observation.

9-. What are the current restrictions in place?

Mandatory use of mask.

GENERAL RULES

Mandatory mask;

General measures

Mandatory mask in closed spaces;

Access without restriction to accommodation, restaurants, events, bars and clubs and other public spaces/services.

The obligation to present a certificate or test was eliminated, except at border control, where the restrictions are maintained.

Mandatory negative test or recovery certificate, except for those who have already been vaccinated with a booster dose of the vaccine for at least 14 days, only when visiting care and nursing homes and health facilities.

Use of facemasks: The use of face masks is mandatory in public transport, shops and supermarkets, and all other public indoor spaces. It is also recommended in outdoor spaces and workplaces where it is not possible to keep 2 meters distance, and when people are not from the same household.

Physical Distancing: In public places, physical distance of 10 square meters of area per person and a distance of 2 meters between people is required. For those practicing sport the minimum distancing is 3 meters.

Safety measures for public transportation: Starting from the 23rd of August 2021, there are no occupancy limitations in public transportation, including taxis. The use of face masks remains mandatory inside public transportation, and hygiene measures are recommended.

Non-essential (other than medicine and food) shops: OPEN WITH LIMITATIONS Shops and shopping centers are open without time restrictions.

Capacity in commercial establishments is reduced to 1 person per 5 square meters.

Tourist accommodations: OPEN WITH LIMITATIONS

Cinemas, museums and indoor attractions: OPEN WITH LIMITATIONS Holding an 'EU Digital COVID Certificate' (EUDCC - with proof of full vaccination, recovery or a negative result to a molecular or rapid antigen test), or proof of full vaccination, or a negative test result is required to access cultural shows and events with reserved seats.

10-. Are masks required in Portugal?

Yes, Masks are required in the following situations:
  • Closed public spaces: Masks are mandatory
  • Outdoors: Masks are mandatory when social distancing is not possible
  • Beaches: Mandatory use of masks at access points to and while moving on the beach (sand). Masking is not required when stationary on your towel. Mandatory social distance of 1.5m between towels.

11-. What are the specific requirements for traveling to the Azores?

Passengers wishing to travel to the Azores may do so with a RT-PCR Test - 72h before boarding, a negative Laboratorial Rapid Antigen Test - 48h before boarding or with an Immunity declaration for those who already had COVID-19, for example) or with a valid EU Digital Covid Certificate (other proof of vaccination, such as a white CDC card, is not acceptable at this time). You must present the exam result at check-in in digital or physical format, excluding SMS format.

Children under 12 don’t need to present test.

There are currently no restrictions for all passengers traveling to the Azores on domestic flights (departing from national territory).

All passengers need to fill Questionnaire at https://mysafeazores.com., with exception of EU Digital COVID Certificate of vaccination or recovery holders.

More information at www.visitazores.com

12-. What are the specific requirements for traveling to Madeira?

There are no restrictions on the entry of travellers at the airports, ports and marinas of the Autonomous Region of Madeira, with the only recommendation being the registration on Madeira Safe, available at www.madeirasafe.com.

13-. Is there anything I need to do to travel back to the US?

Starting December 6th all airline passengers to the United States regardless of vaccination or antibody status, including U.S. citizens, ages two years and older must provide a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within one calendar day of travel.

Accepted tests: NAATs, RT-PC, RT-LAMP, TMA, NEAR or HDA. Rapid antigen testing is also supported. More information here (in English only).

Some States may require a US entry form (for example, see the New York form here).

There is no mandatory quarantine period required.

FRANCE
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

1-. Can Americans travel to France?

Fully vaccinated travelers coming from the United States (as well as minor children under 17 accompanied by a fully vaccinated parent or guardian) will be able to enter France with proof of vaccination and a sworn statement they do not have symptoms of COVID-19 nor contact with someone with a confirmed case of COVID-19.

Unvaccinated and not fully vaccinated are required to show a compelling reason for travel, undergo a ten-day self-isolation period upon arrival, and have various testing requirements.

2-. What documents are required to travel to France from the United States?

Under new rules that went into effect June 9, certain travelers may now be admitted to France, depending on conditions in the country of origin of their trip and the traveler’s vaccination status. All countries are color-coded, either green, red, orange, or scarlet. A country’s status and particular requirements to enter France are subject to change with little notice.

The United States is currently on the ¨Green¨ List.

Fully vaccinated travelers coming from these countries can enter with proof of full vaccination. Travelers who are not fully vaccinated require a negative PCR or antigen test performed within the 72 hours (PCR test) or 48 hours (antigen test) before entering France.

Travel documents needed if you are vaccinated:

  • Negative COVID TEST: On February 12, France’s entry rules changed. Fully vaccinated travelers coming from any green or orange nation, including the United States (as well as minor children under 12) no longer require a covid test to enter France, and may enter with proof of vaccination and a sworn statement they do not have symptoms of COVID-19 nor contact with someone with a confirmed case of COVID-19. As of February 1, French authorities require a traveler age 18 and over to receive a booster dose of an mRNA vaccine no later than 9 months after the second dose (the single dose for the Johnson & Johnson vaccine) to be considered “fully vaccinated” for entry into France. Note: People wo received their booster more than nine months after their second dose may still enter, so long as one week has passed after they received their booster shot.
  • Proof of vaccination: It will only be valid if it proves that you are fully vaccinated, i.e.:
    • Fourteen days after the second shot for two-shot vaccines (Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca (Vaxevria and Covishield));
    • Four weeks after the shot for one-shot vaccines (Johnson & Johnson);
    • Seven days after the shot for vaccines administered to people who have already had COVID-19 (only one dose is necessary).

And

Sworn declaration: that can be downloaded on the Interior Ministry’s website stating that you have no symptoms of COVID-19 infection; to your knowledge, you have not been in contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 in the 14 days prior to your journey. The declaration can be downloaded here: https://www.interieur.gouv.fr/Actualites/L-actu-du-Ministere/Certificate-of-international-travel

French authorities have been accepting the CDC card as acceptable evidence of vaccination for entry into France, but it is not accepted as a French health pass required for domestic travel within France or to enter cultural sites, museums, theatres, restaurants, bars, nightclubs, cafes, athletic facilities, medical offices and hospitals (except for emergencies), retirement homes, and some other facilities.

  • HEALTH PASS / VACCINE PASS: As of January 24, France has changed the Health Pass to a Vaccine Pass for all people aged 16 and older. Existing health passes were automatically converted to vaccine passes, if the pass holder qualified. To qualify for the vaccine pass, the person must be age 16 or above, be fully vaccinated (two shots except for the Johnson & Johnson/Jansen vaccine), and, if more than seven (7) months have passed from the second vaccine dose, a booster dose is required. (Beginning Feb. 15, a booster dose will be required four (4) months after the second dose.) These rules apply to everyone, residents and tourists alike. There is NO alternative to present a negative test for the vaccine pass. While recovery from COVID can take the place of one of the initial doses or, in some cases, the booster dose, this only applies if this occurred in the EU. U.S. and other foreign certificates of recovery are not accepted. The vaccine pass is required at all places where the health pass was previously required, except medical facilities, which only require the health pass. Children ages 12-15 also only require the health pass. Health pass rules are the same as the vaccine pass, except that no booster shot is required and a negative COVID PCR or antigen test provides a temporary 24-hour health pass.
  • To obtain a vaccine or booster pass if vaccinated in the United States (or elsewhere outside the EU) the traveler must go to one of the designated pharmacies (The map of designated pharmacies is available on this website: https://www.sante.fr/obtenir-un-passe-sanitaire-en-cas-de-vaccination-letranger) and present their original, paper vaccination record (their CDC card), their passport, and a fee of up to 36 Euros.

3-. I am unvaccinated. Am I able to travel to France?

As of September 12, travelers coming from the United States who are not fully vaccinated will need to provide a compelling reason for travel through submission of an attention form.

The form can be downloaded here: https://www.interieur.gouv.fr/Actualites/L-actu-du-Ministere/Certificate-of-international-travel#from4

They will also need to present a negative COVID-19 test, either a PCR test performed within 72 hours of departure, or an antigen (rapid) test conducted within the 48 hours prior to departure;

4-. What type of vaccines are accepted enter France?

Currently only the Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca, and Johnson & Johnson vaccines are accepted.

Full vaccination occurs two weeks after the second dose of the Pfizer, Moderna, or AstraZeneca vaccine, and four weeks after the single dose of Johnson & Johnson.

5-. Are there additional screening procedures in place at the airport on arrival?

France is performing temperature checks and there are two Covid-19 testing centers at Paris-Charles de Gaulle airport and Paris-Orly. Departing passengers wishing to get a test at the airport must make an appointment online (doctolib.fr). According to Paris Aéroport, results for the PCR test are available within 48 hours and within 1 to 2 hours for an antigenic test.

6-. What if I am traveling with an unvaccinated minor?

France’s entry rules changed. Fully vaccinated travelers coming from the United States (as well as minor children under 17 accompanied by a fully vaccinated parent or guardian) are still able to enter France with proof of vaccination, a negative test (as applicable; see testing requirements below) and a sworn statement they do not have symptoms of COVID-19 nor contact with someone with a confirmed case of COVID-19. For entry purposes only, for all vaccines approved for use in the United States, a booster dose is not required to be considered fully vaccinated.

7-. Am I required to quarantine on arrival?

Quarantine requirements vary depending on the country where travel originated and the vaccination status of the traveler. Fully vaccinated travelers coming from a red list country (including the United States) no quarantine is necessary.

Unvaccinated or partially vaccinated travelers are restricted to certain categories of travelers who must show a compelling reason for travel. These travelers must present a negative COVID test (PCR or antigen) performed within the 48 hours before departure, be tested again upon arrival, and must quarantine for ten days after arrival (this quarantine will be enforced by police checks at the quarantine location) at a location the traveler must identify to French authorities.

Travelers who are not fully vaccinated require a negative PCR or antigen test performed within the 72 hours (PCR test) or 48 hours (antigen test) before entering France. A certificate of recovery/positive COVID test dated more than 11 days after COVID was contracted but less than six months ago might be accepted for entry purposes, but it is not clear if this includes certificates without an EU-compatible QR code, such as those issued in the United States. This includes land and sea travelers as well as air travelers. There is no quarantine requirement.

Different rules apply to French overseas territories, and travelers will need to check the internet sites of the prefecture or High Commissioner (Haute commissariat) of the destination.

8-. What are the current restrictions in place?

A Covid-19 certificate (Pass Sanitaire) compatible with the EU Digital Covid Certificates (EUDCC) format, is necessary to access all cultural or recreational events held indoors or outdoors. as well as to enter museums, cinemas, cafés, restaurants, shopping centres, hospitals and for long distance-travel by plane, train or bus. The CDC card is not accepted as a health pass.

The Covid-19 certificate will only become necessary for people aged 12 to 17 after 30 September. Children under 12 years old do not need a Covid-19 certificate.

For further detailed information, you can visit www.gouvernement.fr/info-coronavirus

Use of facemasks: The use of facemasks is mandatory in all indoor and outdoor public spaces, including public transport.

Please note that wearing a mask is also mandatory outdoors, in the street of Paris, Lyon and Marseille.

Physical Distancing: A physical distancing of at least 2 meters applies in all places and circumstances. In particular: in shops (limited number of customers that are allowed to be present at the same time); in restaurants, cafés and bars: maximum of 10 people per table, 2 meters between each table; on public transport, taxis and carpooling (two passengers per seat row).

HEALTH PASS / VACCINE PASS: As of March 14, proof of vaccination is no longer required to enter venues in France, with the exception of hospitals and nursing homes. This change does not affect vaccine requirements regarding travel to France.

The EUDCC is required for all events, public or private, bringing together more than 50 people. Please not that it is recommended to limit festive gatherings in the private sphere ant that the prefects will prohibit wild gatherings, the consumption of alcohol on public roads and will invite municipalities to give up the organization of large gatherings on public roads, in particular fireworks or concerts, when they do not allow respect for barrier gestures. Greeting ceremonies and moments of conviviality should not take place. From January 3rd and for a period of three weeks, the gauges will be restored for major events: 2,000 people indoors and 5,000 people outdoors. Also, standing concerts will be prohibited.

Safety measures for public transportation: In all forms of public transport (as well as in taxis), facemasks are mandatory. Also, social distance should be maintained as much as possible, as well as ventilation and disinfection. In some cases, temperature checks are conducted.

Catering establishments: OPEN WITHOUT LIMITATIONS

Tourist accommodations: OPEN WITHOUT LIMITATIONS

Cinemas, museums and indoor attractions: OPEN WITHOUT LIMITATIONS

Outdoors areas and beaches: OPEN Tourism areas and beaches are accessible.

9-. How can I get a French Health Pass?

HEALTH PASS / VACCINE PASS: As of March 14, proof of vaccination is no longer required to enter venues in France, with the exception of hospitals and nursing homes. This change does not affect vaccine requirements regarding travel to France.

A health pass can be obtained from designated pharmacies for a fee of up to 36 Euros. The map of designated pharmacies is available on this website: https://www.sante.fr/obtenir-un-passe-sanitaire-en-cas-de-vaccination-letranger.

Travelers will need to have their passport and their original paper version of their vaccination record. The vaccination record will need to show the traveler’s name, DOB, vaccination date(s), the number of doses and the country where the vaccination occurred.

Be aware that in order to convert the non-EU vaccination into a French Health Pass, travelers over the age of 18 must have been fully vaccinated with the Pfizer, Moderna, Johnson&Johnson, or AstraZeneca vaccines outside of the European Union, Andorra, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway, Switzerland, England, or Wales.

https://www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/en/coming-to-france/coronavirus-advice-for-foreign-nationals-in-france/coronavirus-statements/article/applying-for-a-covid-certificate-if-you-were-vaccinated-abroad-procedure-for

As of December 15, people aged 65 and older will need to have received a COVID-19 booster shot in order to keep their health pass active. As of January 15, 2022, all people age 18 and older will need a COVID-19 booster shot between five (5) and seven (7) months after their second COVID dose to keep their health pass active.

Booster shots will be available to all adults living in France age 18 and above beginning November 29, beginning five (5) months after they became fully vaccinated. Initial vaccination for children age 5-11 will not be available in 2021.

10-. Is there anything I need to do to travel back to the US?

All airline passengers to the United States regardless of vaccination or antibody status, including U.S. citizens, ages two years and older must provide a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within three calendar days of travel. Amid spread of omicron variant, CDC is expected to require negative COVID-19 test 1 day before flying to US for all travelers regardless of vaccination status.

Accepted tests: NAATs, RT-PC, RT-LAMP, TMA, NEAR or HDA. Rapid antigen testing is also supported. More information here (in English only).

Some States may require a US entry form (for example, see the New York form here).

There is no mandatory quarantine period is required.

MOROCCO
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

The Government of Morocco has put into place a “Health State of Emergency.” If you are exhibiting signs or symptoms of COVID-19, or to find a testing site, please contact the Moroccan Ministry of Health’s hotline at +212 (0)8-01-00-47-47. Assistance is available in English, French or Arabic.

On February 1, The Government of Morocco announced the following guidance related to reentry requirements for those returning to Morocco. Travelers may wish to monitor the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ website (www.maec.gov.ma) and the Ministry of Health’s website (www.sante.gov.ma) for entry requirements and procedures.

Those seeking to enter Morocco must:

Present a vaccination pass* (for those 12+ years of age), demonstrating that they have been fully vaccinated (at least two doses, unless the Johnson & Johnson vaccine was administered);

Present a negative PCR test taken less than 48 hours before boarding the plane (for those 7+ years of age);

Submit to rapid antigen testing upon arrival in Morocco; and

Submit – if requested – to random PCR testing (for those 7+ years of age) after entry into Morocco.

Arriving passengers who test positive at the airport will be required to self-isolate at their residences and will be subject to monitoring by government authorities.

1-. Can Americans travel to Morocco?

Before traveling, check with airlines and review information on COVID vaccine and testing requirements in transit and destination countries.

Effective December 6 all air travelers to the United States aged two and above, regardless of vaccination status, are required to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within one calendar day prior to departure, or documentation of recovery in the past 90 days.

If vaccinated in the United States, we recommend U.S. citizens carry their white CDC card as proof of vaccination. Additionally, U.S. citizens vaccinated in the United States may be able to access the Vaccination Administration Management System (VAMS) within the United States to obtain a QR code. At this time, we cannot be certain what proof will be accepted by individual establishments.

2-. What documents are required to travel to Morocco from the United States?

Vaccinated travelers from the United States are required to present:

  • Present a vaccination pass* (for those 12+ years of age), demonstrating that they have been fully vaccinated (at least two doses, unless the Johnson & Johnson vaccine was administered);
  • Present a negative PCR test taken less than 48 hours before boarding the plane (for those 7+ years of age);
  • Submit to random rapid antigen testing upon arrival in Morocco; and
  • Submit – if requested – to random PCR testing (for those 7+ years of age) after entry into Morocco.

On arrival to Morocco, Travelers are also required to complete a public health passenger form. You may print out the form and fill it out in advance: http://www.onda.ma/form.php

3-. What vaccines are accepted in Morocco?

The vaccines authorized in Morocco are: AstraZeneca, Sinopharm, Sputnik, Pfizer/BioNTech, Janssen, Covishield, Moderna, Sinovac.

4-. Are there additional screening procedures in place at the airport on arrival?

Upon arrival at Moroccan airports, screening tests are no longer systematic for all passengers. The rapid antigen test is performed randomly.

5-. What if I am traveling with an unvaccinated minor?

There are no entry requirements for children under 6 years of age. For children between 6 and 18 years old, the only requirement is a negative PCR test less than 48 hours old, in addition to a rapid antigen test on arrival.

For children under the age of 12, there are no exit requirements. For children between 12 and 18 years old, a vaccination pass is required. Over 18 years old, they must refer to the protocol defined for adults.

6-. Am I required to quarantine on arrival?

Arriving passengers who test positive at the airport will be required to self-isolate at their residences and will be subject to monitoring by government authorities.

7-. What are the current restrictions in place?

Starting on February 7, 2022, international flights to Morocco will be allowed to resume and travelers, under certain conditions, will have access to Moroccan territory if they have a vaccination pass and a negative PCR test at least 48 hours before the date of entry to Moroccan territory.

Restaurants and cafés: Cafes and restaurants are open while respecting some sanitary measures. You must always wear your mask at the entrance and every time you get up to move around. At the entrance, your temperature is checked, and you are invited to disinfect your hands. To ensure the safety of all clients, the entrance and exit routes are separate.

Masks are mandatory (under penalties) in any public space throughout the country. That includes bazaars, parks, museums, basically anywhere outside the home or hotel room.

Beaches, resorts and wellness centers: Private bathing establishments are open (Hammams, Gyms, and Covered Swimming Pools). The general health protocol being followed, body temperature is checked at the entrance and hand disinfection is required. In the case of the wellness centers, the entry and exit routes are separated. Respect of social distancing is recommended, and the wearing of masks is mandatory in common areas. In order to fully enjoy these activities, it is advisable to follow all the guidelines mentioned at the reception area of these establishments and to inquire in advance by telephone. Public beaches are open.

Hotels and accommodation facilities:

A reservation is mandatory to fully enjoy your stay in hotels, resorts, riads and all classified accommodation structures. To ensure the health and safety of all travelers, the Ministry of Tourism, Handicrafts, Air Transport and Social Economy grants the "Welcome Safely" certification testifying to the compliance of these tourist accommodation establishments with the control protocols of Covid-19 in Morocco.

Within these establishments, the wearing of a mask is mandatory in the reception rooms, the restaurant areas and any other common room. It should also be noted that body temperature is taken upon entry and hand disinfection may also be required. The respect of social distancing measures and hygiene rules is also required.

Museums and cultural sites:

Temperatures will be checked at the entrance, followed by hand disinfection. As the entrance and exit routes are separated, the safety distance will have to be respected in case of waiting. Inside these establishments, it would be preferable to avoid touching objects and to follow the indicated and signaled routes. Wearing a mask is mandatory.

Cinemas and Theatres

Cinemas and theaters are open. All arrangements will be made to protect your health and safety: a marked and indicated route, a temperature reading at the entrance, hand disinfection and numbered and separate seats to keep a safe distance. It should be noted that wearing a mask is mandatory to attend shows in cinemas and theaters.

Shops and commercial activities:

It is mandatory to wear your mask to protect yourself and others. It is brought to your attention that at the entrance of each store, sanitizers are available to customers, as well as thermal scanners for checking body temperature. As the number of customers is limited in these areas, it is compulsory to respect the safety distance in queuing.

Means of transport:

To ensure your safety on public transportation, it is mandatory to wear a mask, maintain a safe distance from other passengers, and sit in the seats reserved for you.

If you decide to travel by car, wearing a mask becomes mandatory if you are accompanied.

8-. Are masks required in Morocco?

Yes. Masks are required on all public transportation and in public spaces, including airports and train stations.

9-. Is there anything I need to do to travel back to the US?

All airline passengers to the United States regardless of vaccination or antibody status, including U.S. citizens, ages two years and older must provide a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within three calendar days of travel.

Accepted tests: NAATs, RT-PC, RT-LAMP, TMA, NEAR or HDA. Rapid antigen testing is also supported. More information here (in English only).

10-. Are PCR and/or antigen tests available for U.S. citizens in Morocco?

Yes. The cost for the test is typically around 700 Dirhams. Results can be provided electronically and are usually available within 24 hours.

To find a COVID-19 testing lab near you, contact the Moroccan Ministry of Health’s hotline at +212 (0)8-01-00-47-47. Assistance is available in English, French or Arabic.

SOURCES:

https://reopen.europa.eu/en/

SPAIN:

https://es.usembassy.gov/covid-19-information/
https://travelsafe.spain.info/en/

PORTUGAL:

https://www.visitportugal.com/en/content/covid-19-measures-implemented-portugal https://covid19estamoson.gov.pt/#

FRANCE:

https://www.interieur.gouv.fr/Actualites/L-actu-du-Ministere/Certificate-of-international-travel#from2

MOROCCO:

https://www.visitmorocco.com/en/travel-info/covid-19-travel-safely-to-morocco https://www.sante.gov.ma/PublishingImages/2021/protocole/FSP%20avion.pdf https://ma.usembassy.gov/covid-19-information/