France has reintroduced its COVID-19 “green list,” lifting restrictions on travel to and from seven non-EU/EEA countries.

Key Points:

  • People traveling from Australia, Israel, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea and the United Kingdom no longer need a “compelling reason” to visit France.
  • Restrictions remain in place for travel from other countries outside of the EU/EEA, though France has extended its list of “compelling reasons” for visiting the country. The list now covers all family relationships and includes situations related to family separation for:
    • Married couples or couples in a civil partnership where one partner lives abroad for professional reasons.
    • Minors attending school in France but living abroad.
    • Separated couples with children where one partner lives in France and the other lives abroad.
  • The list also now covers students taking exams or those returning to their primary residence in France.
  • All travelers to France, including those from “green list” countries, must continue to abide by other COVID-19 health measures. These include presenting results of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken no more than 72 hours before departing for France.

Analysis & Comments: While the changes will ease travel procedures for some individuals, travel to France remains restricted at this time and international travel should be limited as much as possible.

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