The chief executive of Air France, Anne Rigail, has described the French government’s announcement that some non-essential travel can resume to and from the country on 9 June as “excellent news”.

France’s protocol for the resumption of international travel from that date allows fully vaccinated European Union citizens to enter the country without providing proof of a negative Covid-19 test, with only unvaccinated EU visitors required to do so.

The same rules apply to travellers from several other countries on France’s ‘green’ list: Australia, Israel, Japan, Lebanon, New Zealand, Singapore and South Korea.


Source: French government

The government has classified countries as either green, orange or red.

“This will allow [French citizens] to go on vacation and reunite with their loved ones, and some tourists to come and visit our country this summer,” Rigail states. ”Our teams at Air France are there, our planes are ready. We look forward to seeing you again.”

Travellers from countries categorised as ‘orange’ – including the UK and the USA – can visit for non-essential reasons with proof of a negative Covid-19 test, if fully vaccinated.

Unvaccinated travellers from orange zones will only be allowed to enter the country for essential reasons and will have to self-quarantine for seven days on arrival.

Countries with significant spread of Covid-19 variants of concern, including Brazil, India, South Africa and Turkey, are on the ‘red’ list, which places the tightest restrictions on travellers.

As with all such protocols, the arrangements are not reciprocal, and several countries categorised as green, for example, do not accept non-essential inbound travellers.