Covid19 Travel Restrictions & Rules
Updated: September 10, 2021
Getting a Covid19 Health Pass
You’ll need a ‘health pass’ to really enjoy yourself in France or Monaco. A ‘health pass’ is just a PDF with a QR code, that you can get from the center where you were vaccinated or tested. The ‘health pass’ is proof that you have tested negative for Covid-19 within the past 48 hours, or you have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19.
Load your PDF into France’s mobile app TousAntiCovid (this works for both France and Monaco). When you need to present your health pass, you just open the app and click the button to display the QR code. The person checking it will then scan the QR code to see if it’s valid.
The health pass or related documents do not have photos, therefore establishments are required to also ask you for proof of identity. If you’re found to be using a fake health pass, there are severe criminal and financial consequences.
If you’re not yet fully vaccinated, you’ll need to get a PCR test every second day in order to keep living a normal life. In France, it costs €49 for a PCR test and €29 for an antigen test.
If you want to get vaccinated in France, you can do so easily at most pharmacies (without an appointment) or at any of the many vaccination centers (some with and some without an appointment). Here’s how to get vaccinated in Monaco (if you’re a Monaco resident).
Here are more details about Monaco’s health pass, and how to get a health pass from any country in the EU.
Monaco Covid19 Regulations
Monaco is open for business, and to tourists who present a health pass and proof of identity.
- Masks must be worn outdoors (by everyone over age 5) in all areas except the beach. They must also be worn indoors unless you’re eating.
- Hotels are open and require a health pass in order to check you in.
- Restaurants allow up to 8 people per table, and a health pass is now required for everyone, including all Monegasques, residents and employees, to access bars, cafes and restaurants.
- Night Clubs are open and require a health pass.
For Monaco vaccination and testing, see our complete Covid19 vaccination and testing guide.
French Riviera Covid Rules
The French Riviera is open for business, and to tourists, but you need a health pass to do pretty much anything, including (from the start of August), going into shops, bars, restaurants and other commercial enterprises.
- Masks must be worn in all public places.
- To travel on trains, you’ll need a health pass.
- Alcohol consumption on public roads, especially in parks and in front of bars, is not authorized.
- Cafes and restaurants are be able to serve indoors, but live music is not allowed. Starting in August you will need to have a health pass to enter.
- Sports halls and sports events are allowed to welcome up to 5,000 spectators, with health passes required.
- Foreign tourists are welcomed to France as long as they can provide their health pass.
- Outdoor gatherings of more than 1,000 people are allowed as long as those present are in possession of a health pass.
- Night clubs, shopping malls, amusement parks, and theaters are open but a health pass is required.
Traveling Between Countries
Anyone who enters France must have a health pass –be vaccinated or have negative PCR test (no less than 24 or 48 hours old, depending on the country you’re coming from)– and these forms. Make sure to check that France is allowing travelers from your country (here’s the latest for Americans). Here are all the latest details about traveling to and from France.
If you’re entering France from the U.K., a negative PCR test of no more than 24 hours old must be provided unless proof of double vaccination can be shown. Those who are fully vaccinated must provide a negative PCR of no more than 72 hours old.
Unvaccinated travelers to France must provide a compelling reason before being allowed in and must produce a negative PCR no more than 24 hours old. They must also quarantine on arrival for 7 days.
Anyone entering Monaco, including residents returning from holidays outside the Principality, must have a health pass, and is also required by law to make an appointment at the call center (+37792055500) in order to carry out a PCR test on their return to the Principality, unless they are vaccinated.
For Monaco residents going to France: If your trip lasts less than 24 hours, you won’t need a health pass, but you must always carry proof of residence.
Going to Italy: You’ll need to show your health pass to the regional health authority on arrival and, if you’re not vaccinated, carry out a five day isolation period (even if your PCR test is negative), followed by another PCR test, unless exceptional reasons. Here are all the details.
Want to leave the French Riviera? Here’s a list of the latest travel restrictions for European countries — you should also check their local government websites as you’ll likely need to print out forms to bring with you. Note that you can’t leave the EU and assume you’ll be let back in.
Under EU regulations you’ll need to be vaccinated at least 14 days before traveling outside of France to other EU states. A health pass will be required for all long-distance travel, for both passengers and employees, and will be subject to on-board (both domestic and international flights and public transportation) and cross-country border checks.
With the current high number of cases tho’, it’s probably best not to travel too much unless you’re vaccinated.