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“What if my vacation destination goes into an“ orange ”or“ red ”zone? “

Hello Fanny,

Since June 9, a card with color codes (green, orange, red) established by France conditions the conditions of travel abroad. “Green” countries are those where the circulation of Covid-19 is not active. In the countries classified as “orange”, the circulation of the virus is active but in controlled proportions. Finally, the “red” countries are those where the epidemic circulation is very active with the presence of worrying variants.

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The classification of countries having been defined on the basis of health indicators, the government warned that the lists were “Likely to be adapted according to the evolution of their epidemic situation ”. On July 13, Gabriel Attal, for example, announced that France had decided to classify Tunisia on its red list, due to the deterioration in health. This Maghreb country was previously in an “orange” zone.

If the country you’re staying in changes category, don’t panic, that doesn’t mean the borders are going to close. However, if to return to France from a country classified as “green”, you do not have to provide a compelling reason or a negative test since you have been vaccinated, conditions will be more stringent when returning from an “orange” or “red” zone. Thus, coming from an “orange” country, you will have to present a negative PCR test of less than 72 hours or antigenic of less than 48 hours. Coming from a “red” country, you will need to certify a compelling reason as well as a negative PCR or antigen test of less than 48 hours. On your arrival, an antigen test will have to be carried out and you will have to self-isolate for 7 days.


And for unvaccinated people returning to France?

Coming from a “green” country. Obligation to present a PCR or antigen test of less than 72 hours.

Coming from an “orange” country. Show a compelling reason, as well as a negative test result (PCR less than 72 hours or antigen less than 48 hours). A random antigen test can be performed on arrival in France, and a 7-day self-isolation is requested.

Coming from a “red” country. Submit a negative PCR or antigen test within 48 hours. An antigen test is systematically carried out on arrival in France, and it is mandatory to respect a quarantine of 10 days which will be checked by the police.

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