COVID FAQ

TRAVELING TO SPAIN & PORTUGAL & FRANCE & MOROCCO

Updated on January 17th, 2022

SPAIN
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

1-. Can Americans travel to Spain?

U.S. citizens can travel from thegene United States to Spain on non-essential travel, such as tourism) if they show proof of vaccination.

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 last vaccination dose). 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: Face masks are mandatory in public spaces indoors and outdoors. Its use is also mandatory on all means of public transport, as well as in private vehicles if the occupants do not live together at the same address. Exceptions are made for children under the age of six and for people with disabilities or respiratory illnesses.

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

Indoor and outdoor meetings, public or private gatherings and events: Outdoor social gatherings are limited to six people. 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.

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. It is mandatory to present Covid Passport to access in interior spaces, hospitals and nightlife.

Balearic Islands:

Mallorca, Ibiza & Formentera currently require a Covid Passport to access any nightlife venues, restaurants, bars, cafeterias and indoor spaces.

Clubs are allowed to open with a maximum occupancy of 60% indoors.

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

Basque Country:

A Covid passport will be required to access all nightlife venues, bars and restaurants, concerts, hospitals and sports venues.

Bars & restaurants must limit the maximum occupancy to 60% indoors and must close at 1:00 am. Standing is not allowed and tables may be for a maximum of 10 people. COVID passport is required to enter.

Nightlife venues may only be open until 1:00 a.m. with an indoor capacity of 60%. Standing is not allowed and tables may be for a maximum of 10 people. COVID passport is required to enter.

Canary Islands:

Tenerife is on Level 4; Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, Fuerteventura and La Palma are on Level 3; La Gomera and El Hierro are on Level 2.

It is mandatory for restaurants, bars and nightlife to ask for Covid Passport to enter in islands on Level 3 and 4.

It is optional for restaurants, bars and nightlife to ask for Covid Passport to enter in islands on Level 1 and 2.

Level 1: Restaurants and bars can open at 100 % capacity on the terraces and 75 % capacity inside. Up to 12 people can meet at a time. Nightlife venues can open to a capacity of 75% until 3:00 am.

Level 2: Restaurants and bars can open at 75% capacity on the terraces and 50% capacity inside. Up to 8 people can meet at a time. Nightlife venues share restaurants and bars limitations until 2:00 am.

Level 3: Restaurants and bars can open at 75% capacity on the terraces and 40% capacity inside. Up to 6 people can meet at a time. Nightlife venues share restaurants and bars limitations until 1:00 am.

Level 4: Restaurants and bars can open at 75% capacity on the terraces and 33% capacity inside. Up to 6 people can meet at a time. Nightlife venues share restaurants and bars limitations until 0:00 am and capacity inside is reduced to 25%.

Catalonia (Barcelona, Girona)

It is required to show a Covid passport to access any bar, restaurant, gym or any other closed space that may require it such as sports centers or music venues.

They have established curfew between 1 am and 6 am and have limited social meetings to 10 people.

Nightlife: Closed.

Galicia (Santiago de Compostela)

A Covid Passport is required to access any nightlife venue or bar after 9:00 pm. Restaurants and hospitals will require the Covid Passport all day long.

Restaurants & bars must close at 0:00 except on Fridays and Saturdays, which may open until 1:00 am and without bar service. The COVID passport will be required in bars and cafes at any time.

Restaurants have to limit the number of people per table to 8 in the interior. In outdoor seating up to 10 people can sit together.

All nightlife venues may open until 3:00 am. Nightlife venues limit the number of people per table to 8 in the interior and in outdoor seating up to 10.

There is a curfew on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays being all meetings prohibited between 3 am and 6 am.

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. Drinking at the bar is allowed but only while seated. Dancing is now allowed but no alcohol is to be consumed on the dance floor.

Valencia region

A Covid Passport is required to access any bar, restaurant hospital or nightlife venue.

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.

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.

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. There are no limitations on travel between islands. 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: From December 1st – January 9th, 2022 All passengers traveling to Portugal from Spain by air must present a negative PCR test 72 hours before boarding or a negative Antigen test 48 hours before boarding and present a valid EU Digital COVID Certificate or a valid Vaccination or recovery certificate issued by the third country, under reciprocal conditions. Children 12 & under are exempt. Passengers must also present a Passenger Locator form.

By land: From December 1st – January 9th, 2022 all travelers crossing the Portuguese border by land must present a valid EU COVID Certificate or proof of vaccination. If you are arriving from a country classified as high-risk (Spain) you must present a negative PCR or Antigen result.

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.

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?

From December 6th

Essential & Non-essential travel (i.e. tourist travel) to Portugal is currently permitted for countries of the European Union, Schengen Associated countries (Liechtenstein, Norway, Iceland, Switzerland), Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, South Korea, United States of America, Jordan, Kuwait, New Zealand, Qatar, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Taiwan, Ukraine, United Kingdom, Uruguay and special administrative regions of Hong Kong and Macao.

Non-essential travel to Portugal is PERMITTED. Non-essential travel (i.e., tourist travel) from the United States to Portugal is currently permitted for travelers with an EU Digital COVID-19 Certificate and proof of a negative COVID-19 test.

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)

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

From December 1st

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.

A valid EU Digital COVID Certificate, or a valid recovery certificate issued by a third country, under reciprocal conditions: Albania, Andorra, Switzerland, Faroe Islands, Israel, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Morocco, Monaco, North Macedonia, Norway, Panama, San Marino, Turkey, United Kingdom, Ukraine, The Vatican.

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

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 48 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.

** Tests are also not required on internal flights between Lisbon, Porto or Faro

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?

Yes, the control of persons at land borders, between Portugal and Spain, ended on April 30th and the freedom of movement between the two countries was resumed. To enter Portugal through Spain by airplane, all travelers must present a negative test result. To enter Portugal, through Spain by car or train. All travelers crossing the Portuguese border by land must present a valid EU Digital Certificate for Recovery or a negative test prior to departure.

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 mask in closed spaces and in all places that are not explicitly excluded by the Ministry of Health.

Mandatory negative test for access to, casinos, cultural shows, sports venues, bars, discos, hotels.

Mandatory EU COVID Digital Certificate, or proof of vaccination attesting to the complete vaccination schedule or negative test when accessing:

  • Restaurants
  • Tourist establishments and local accommodation
  • Events with reserved seats
  • Gyms

Proof of negative test regardless vaccination status when accessing:

  • Large events (sports events, concerts, etc)
  • Bars
  • Clubs
  • Cultural events
  • Hotels

GENERAL RULES

From December 25th (00:00)

Mandatory mask in closed spaces;

General recommendation for regular testing and teleworking;

Reduction of capacity in commercial establishments (1 person /5m2)

Mandatory negative test when accessing:

  • Tourist establishments and local accommodation;
  • Weddings and christenings
  • Business events
  • Cultural shows
  • Sport events

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.

From 25 December, capacity in commercial establishments is reduced to 1 person per square metre. No more than 5 people are allowed per 100 square meters. Non-essential stores up to 200 square meters with direct outdoor are also open. All non-essential shops can offer delivery services and provide pick-up points (click and collect).

Tourist accommodations: OPEN WITH LIMITATIONS

Holding an 'EU Digital COVID Certificate' is mandatory.

In addition, from 25 December, a negative test result is required to access tourist establishments and local accommodation.

The 'Clean and Safe' seal was implemented to increase security in accommodation establishments and touristic attractions.

Guests may only remain at the lodging for the duration of the validity of the test. If tests expire before the end of the stay, guests must continue to present negative tests to remain.

For example, a guest staying at a hotel for a week would require at least 3 PCR tests throughout their stay in order to remain at the hotel.

Catering establishments: OPEN WITH LIMITATIONS

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 is required to access bars and clubs. (Except terraces)

Cinemas, museums and indoor attractions: OPEN WITH LIMITATIONS As of 1 December 2021, holding an 'EU Digital COVID Certificate' will be required to participate in events with allocated seats and to access gyms, discos and bars. In addition, a negative test result will be mandatory to access gyms, discos, bars and venues where no individual seats are allocated.

10-. Are masks required in Portugal?

Yes, Masks are required in certain situations:
  • Closed public spaces: Masks are mandatory
  • Outdoors: Masks are recommended 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, 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.

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?

In view of the global pandemic situation, originated by the novice coronavirus SARS-COV-2, it was the primary concern of the Regional Government of Madeira to ensure the protection and integral well-being of its citizens and tourists. In this sense, the islands of Madeira and Porto Santo are a pioneer destination in the fight against COVID-19, being the first region in Portugal to have a Contingency Plan for Emerging Infections, to develop a best practices document and create an online platform for the registration of travellers (madeirasafe.com).

The Autonomous Region of Madeira currently presents a controlled epidemiological situation, with a low rate of infection and active cases, registered to date, as evidenced by the data published by the Regional Health Authority https://covidmadeira.pt/ponto-de-situacao/.

Passengers aged 12 and older arriving to Madeira, even on domestic flights from outside the Madeira, must either provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test, proof of vaccination or proof of recovery from the disease. PCR Test must be made 72 hours before boarding or Rapid Antigen Test 48 hours before boarding.

Travelers may also perform a free test on arrival and wait for the results in prophylactic isolation (between 12 – 24 hours for the results) or preform a voluntary isolation for 14 days at home or in a hotel accommodation.

All passengers must fill out a health questionnaire withing 12 – 48 hours before arrival: Madeira Traveler Registration Health Authorities (madeirasafe.com)

After completing the registration, the passenger receives a notification, via e-mail, with his access code for the madeirasafe.com platform. The passenger should login to his madeirasafe.com account where he/she will find the respective QR Code, to be presented upon arrival at Madeira Airport. The PCR test result can also be submitted in advance on the platform.

All passengers disembarked at airports in the Autonomous Region of Madeira are subject to thermal screening, without exceptions.

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 ¨Red¨ List.

Travel documents needed if you are vaccinated:

  • Negative COVID TEST: Fully vaccinated travelers must present a negative COVID test performed with the 48 hours prior to departure for France.
  • 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.

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;

They will also be required to take another test upon arrival in France and must quarantine for ten days after arrival at a location the traveler must identify to French authorities.

These travelers will also need to provide a sworn statement they do not have symptoms of COVID-19 nor contact with someone with a confirmed case of COVID-19, and that they agree to the testing and self-isolation requirements. Children under 11 are exempt from testing.

Only the following is considered a compelling reason to travel to France:

  • French citizens, their spouses (married, civil union and cohabiting) and their children.
  • Citizen of the European Union or equivalent, and their spouse (married, civil union or cohabiting partner) and their children, whose main residence is in France or who is returning, in transit through France, to their main residence in a European Union country or equivalent, or to a country whose nationality they hold;
  • Citizens of other countries with a valid French or European residence permit or long-stay visa whose main residence is in France or who are in transit through France to their main residence in a European Union country or a similar country.
  • British citizens and their family members who are beneficiaries of the agreement on the withdrawal of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland from the European Union and the European Atomic Energy Community. British civil servants exercising their duties, border police officers and customs officers. Channel Tunnel staff (engaged inter alia in operations, maintenance, security) or cross-Channel facilities staff.
  • Citizens of other countries holding a long-stay visa issued for purposes of ordinary family reunion or refugee family reunification, beneficiaries of subsidiary protection and stateless persons.
  • Foreign health or research professionals involved in the fight against COVID-19 as well as their spouse (married, civil partner, cohabiting partner subject to proof of community of life) and children.
  • Foreign health or research professional engaged as an associate trainee.
  • Citizens of other countries with a “talent passport” long-stay visa, as well as their spouse (married, civil union or cohabiting partner on presentation of proof of community of life) and children.
  • Student enrolled in French as a foreign language (FLE) courses prior to enrollment in higher education or admitted to oral examinations in French higher education institutions or registered for the year 2021-2022. Researcher or teacher (including language assistant) moving to France at the invitation of a research laboratory, for research activities that imperatively require a physical presence as well as his spouse (married, civil union, partner on presentation of supporting documents community of life) and his children.
  • Workers in the land, sea and air transport sector or transport service providers (including drivers of any vehicle transporting goods for use in the territory as well as those only in transit, or travelling as passengers to resettle in their home base or for training).
  • Foreign citizen working for a diplomatic or consular mission, or an international organisation with its headquarters or an office in France, as well as their spouse and their children or a foreign citizen of a third country staying in France for a compelling professional reason under a mission order issued by their country of origin.
  • Travellers in transit for less than 24 hours in an international zone.

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.

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).

Indoor and outdoor meetings, public or private gatherings and events:

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 Restaurants, bars and cafés are open both for indoor and outdoor service (terraces). Access to these facilities (including for service in terrace) requires a Covid-19 certificate.

Tourist accommodations: OPEN From the 9th of August, tourist accommodations such as camping and resort clubs will require a Covid-19 certificate.

Cinemas, museums and indoor attractions: OPEN WITH LIMITATIONS Cultural establishments, cinemas, theatres and museums are open but require a Covid-19 certificate (Pass Sanitaire).

Nightclubs and dance halls are closed until 24th January 2022 included. This ban applies until the same date to dance activities in establishments open to the public, such as restaurants or bars.

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

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

Many tourist attractions, entertainment and sporting facilities, and all dining establishments, among other businesses, require presentation of a health pass for entry. A health pass is also required for long distance travel.

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”

Morocco is suspending all direct passenger flights to the Kingdom until January 31, 2022.

U.S. citizens wishing to depart Morocco should book directly with the airlines.

After the resumption of flights, travelers will have access to the Moroccan territory under certain conditions. To implement this procedure, a classification of countries into 3 lists (A, B and C) has been adopted following the recommendations of the Ministry of Health.

At this time there are no direct commercial flights to the United States.

Passenger ferries have also been suspended and the borders with Ceuta and Melilla remain closed.

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/