India back on France’s “green” list of countries

Key decision revives hopes of a booming summer for travel trade
/ New Delhi
India back on France’s “green” list of countries

Latest reports say that by March 14, France is likely to remove the vaccine pass and end all restrictions linked to the Covid-19 pandemic (IO photos)

In a sharp reversal about a month after it had excluded Covaxin from list of approved vaccines, France puts India back on the green list.
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As of March 3, 2022, India is back in the “green” list of countries, which means travellers from India can enter France if they present proof of vaccination status, says a press communique by the French embassy in New Delhi. Latest reports say that by March 14, France is likely to remove the vaccine pass and end all restrictions linked to the Covid-19 pandemic, following example of the Nordic nations as well as the United Kingdom that have begun to treat Covid-19 as endemic.

People who have not been vaccinated will need to present the following to the transport operator and border control authorities:

A negative PCR test from less than 72 hours before departure or an antigen (lateral flow) test from less than 48 hours before departure (departure of first flight when there is a layover);

or a recovery certificate (positive PCR or antigen (lateral flow) test dated more than 11 days and less than six months prior to departure).

Tourists would be considered fully vaccinated:

28 days after one dose of the Janssen vaccine.

7 days after the second dose for the other vaccines recognised by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) (Pfizer/Comirnaty, Moderna, AstraZeneca/Vaxzevria/Covishield).

For people who have received all the required doses of a vaccine authorised by the WHO which has not been recognised by the EMA, 7 days after one additional dose of a messenger RNA vaccine recognised by the EMA.

Since February 1, 2022, people aged 18 or over who wish to enter French territory must have received a booster dose of an mRNA vaccine no later than 9 months after the last required dose to be considered fully vaccinated.

Additionally, a vaccine pass is required to access certain recreational facilities, with vaccination rules which may differ from those required to enter France. For more information (in French).

As of March 3, 2022:

From Africa and the Indian Ocean: South Africa, Angola, Benin, Botswana, Djibouti, Eswatini, Kenya, Lesotho, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe; Comoros;

From North America: Canada;

From Central and South America: Argentina, Bahamas, Bolivia, Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Paraguay, Peru, Saint Kitts and Nevis and El Salvador;

From Asia: Bangladesh, India, Iraq, Kazakhstan, Oman, Pakistan and the Philippines.

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