Covid19 Travel Restrictions & Rules

    Updated: May 20, 2022

    You can find more details about the Covid19 situation and rules in France on the official French government Covid19 website, and about Monaco at

    Getting a Covid19 Vaccine / Health Pass

    You’ll need a ‘health pass’ to really enjoy yourself in France or Monaco. A ‘health pass’ or ‘vaccine pass’ is your own personal QR code, displayed in France’s mobile app.

    Vaccine Pass: The ‘vaccine pass’ is proof that you have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19, including boosters. A person’s French vaccine pass will be deactivated if a booster dose has not been received within 4 months of their last injection. A notification will be sent via the TousAntiCovid app as the date for deactivation of the health pass approaches.

    Health Pass: A ‘health pass’ means a negative Covid test will still be accepted in lieu of vaccination. Currently the time-frame is 24 hours and antigen and PCR tests are accepted.

    Currently in both France and Monaco, if you don’t have a ‘vaccine pass’, you can instead show your ‘health pass’. In Monaco (but not in France), you can also show that you’ve recovered from Covid within the past 6 months.

    The TousAntiCovid Mobile App

    When you get vaccinated, they give you a paper with a QR code on it. You’ll need to scan that into France’s mobile app ‘TousAntiCovid (this works for both France and Monaco). When you need to present your health or vaccine pass, you just open the app and click the button to display your QR code. The person checking it will then scan your 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.

    Monaco Covid19 Regulations

    Monaco is open for business, and to tourists who present a health pass and proof of identity. If you’re not yet fully vaccinated, you’ll need to get a PCR test every day in order to keep living a normal life, which costs about €49.

    • Masks are no longer required — at all ages, unless you’re eating.
    • Hotels are open and require a health pass in order to check you in.
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    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 going into shops, bars, restaurants and other commercial enterprises. A health pass is required to access catering facilities, bars, holiday accommodation, cultural and leisure venues, and long-distance domestic travel by plane, train, or bus. Health passes are mandatory for individuals over the age of 12 and staff in many sectors.


    • To travel on trains and eat at restaurants, you’ll need a health pass.
    • 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.

    You are no longer required to wear masks indoors. However, people in France will have to continue wearing masks on public transport and in indoor spaces not subject to the health pass.

    Traveling Between Countries

    Anyone who enters France must have a health pass. If you’re not vaccinated, you’ll need a PCR test less than 24-hours-old. If vaccinated, you’ll need a PCR test less than 48-hours-old unless you’re arriving from an EU country. You must also fill out and bring 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. You will need a health pass to enter many establishments.

    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 5 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.

    If You Catch Covid-19

    Anyone testing positive will still need to self-isolate for seven days if they are fully vaccinated or children under 12. On the fifth day, they can take an antigen or PCR test and leave isolation early if it is negative and they have not had symptoms for the last 48 hours.

    If you are unvaccinated, the quarantine period is 10 days, unless you test negative on the seventh day and have not had symptoms for the last 48 hours. In that case, you may leave isolation early.

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