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Travel instructions to and from abroad

Travel from and to abroad
French classification of countries
02/07/2021 updated from 03/01/2022
In order to deal with the epidemic circulation linked to Covid-19, new travel rules come into force.

Countries classification

A classification of countries is defined on the basis of health indicators. The lists of countries are likely to change depending on the epidemic situation (lists to be found on the dedicated page on the French government website). 

"Green list" countries: without active circulation of the virus and variants of concern

  • Countries in the European space: European Union as well as Andorra, the Holy See, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway, San Marino and Switzerland.
  • Argentina, Australia, Bahrein, Hong-Kong, Japan, Kuwait, Lebanon, New Zealand, Qatar, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Taiwan, United Arab Emirates, Uruguay and Vanuatu. 

"Amber list" countries: active circulation of the virus but in controlled proportions, without the spread of variants of concern. 

  • All countries except "green" and "red" countries. 

The United Kingdom constitutes a special category of countries with active circulation of a variant, due to the specific measures applying to travel to and from this country since December 20, 2021. 

"Red list" countries: active circulation of the virus and variants of concern

  • Afghanistan, Belarus, Botswana, Democratic Republic of Congo, Georgia, Nigeria, Malawi, Mauritius, Moldavia, Montenegro, Mozambique, Namibia, Pakistan, Russia, Serbia, Suriname, Tanzania, Turkey, Ukraine, United States, Zambia and Zimbabwe. 

"Scarlet list" countries: very active circulation of the virus and discovery of a variant that may pose a risk of increased transmissibility or immune escape. 

  • South Africa, Lesotho and Eswatini.

Adaptation of the authorisation procedures for mobility and international missions at ENS Paris-Saclay 

  1. Each mobility project (students, PhD students, academic and administrative staff) from abroad (ri-incoming [at] and to foreign countries (ri-outgoing [at] have to be transmitted to the International Relations Office (SRI) which instructs it on a case-by-case basis. 
  2. Requests for international mobility have to be submitted to the opinion of the Defence Security Officer (FSD). Without a favourable decision notified by the SRI, mobility will not be allowed. 

Conditions of access (subject to the rules of the country of destination)

  • "Green list" countries: international mobility is authorized with no compelling reason requirement; 
  • "Amber list" countries: permitted mobility, without compelling reason for vaccinated persons. For unvaccinated people, participation in an university exchange programme is considered a compelling reason; 
  • United Kingdom: whether vaccinated or not, a compelling reason is mandatory to travel to the UK. Participation in an university exchange programme is considered a compelling reason;
  • "Red list" countries: unvaccinated travellers are subject to the compelling reasons system to be admitted in France. Participation in an university exchange programme, justified with a certificate of enrollment, is considered a compelling reason to enter French territory. 
  • "Scarlet list" countries: travellers, vaccinated or not, you are required to produce a compelling reason. 

Proof of vaccination

Proof of vaccination is valid only on condition that it proves that a complete vaccination plan has been carried out, namely:

  • 7 days after the second injection for double-injection vaccines (Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca / Vaxzevria / Covidshield);
  • 4 weeks after the injection for one-injection vaccines (Johnson & Johnson); 
  • 7 days after the injection for people who previously contracted the Covid-19 (only 1 injection necessary). 

Travels within the European Union

To travel within the European Union, it is currently not necessary to provide proof of the reason for travel, but pre-test and quarantine obligations may apply. 

The health pass is recognized for travel within the European area, in the form of a European certificate. The European Union's digital Covid certificate may include proof of vaccination, a negative result or proof of recovery from Covid less than 6 months old. States may also establish additional health measures if they are necessary and proportionate (for example: test, quarantine, etc.). 

International students and researchers

International students and reasearchers can refer to the Campus France dedicated webpage:" Travel to France: information for international students and researchers" in order to obtain updated information to prepare their stay in France.