France Now Allows Visa Application for Non-Essential Travel for Fully-Vaccinated Filipinos
Travel buddies, we’ve got a bit of good news from the French Embassy!
For those who are itching to prepare for their travels as soon as borders open, we’ve got some good news for you–especially those who want to visit the City of Love!
France has reopened its borders to orange countries–including the Philippines–for non-essential travels to fully-vaccinated individuals, according to a press release statement by the French Embassy of the Philippines last June 9.
Proof of vaccination shall be required to travel to France, as long as they are administered a vaccine registered by the European Medicines Agency (EMA). The said vaccines are the following:
- Pfizer- BioNTech
- Johnson & Johnson
For vaccinated individuals, “travelers 11 years old and above shall present a negative PCR test taken less than 72 hours before the flight, or a negative antigenic test was taken less than 48 hours before the flight,” as stated on France Diplomacy’s Coronavirus – Advice for Foreign Nationals in France. Take note that travel and quarantine measures apply to vaccinated adults and their accompanying minors regardless if the minors are vaccinated or not. Quarantine or isolation is also not needed upon arrival in France.
However, for those who are unvaccinated, their purpose of travel must be among the list of compelling reasons for travel in orange countries. Like vaccinated individuals, travelers 11 years old and above shall present a negative PCR test taken less than 72 hours before the flight, or a negative antigenic test was taken less than 48 hours before the flight. Upon arrival in France, you may also be subjected to a random test. A seven-day self-quarantine period is advised upon entry to the country.
Aside from proof of vaccination, you’ll also need to accomplish a sworn declaration that states you have no COVID-19 symptoms, agreement to submit an RT-PCR test, agreement to self-isolate for 7 days if applicable, and for those non-vaccinated travelers from red countries, an agreement to self-isolate for 7 days in France. Download the form here.
Scheduling of appointments will remain unchanged and will proceed as usual. Please follow the health requirements when applying for a visa, such as wearing a face mask and observe social distancing. Strict protocols will also be enforced, such as temperature checking to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
Although visa applications may now be lodged, visa issuance does not guarantee immediate entry to the French territory. Applicable border restrictions still apply, so make sure to check with the news and the Embassy of France in Manila regularly to know travel updates amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
To know more about the border restrictions and those allowed to travel to the French territory, read the Certificate of International Travel (here). Currently, the Philippines is classified as an orange country.
Have you planned to visit France soon as the world recovers from the pandemic and opens its borders for tourism purposes? Which part of France are you looking forward to visiting soon? Share it with us in the comments section below!