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COVID-19: France - Frequently asked questions

We recommend that Canadians abroad register themselves as Canadian citizens abroad to receive updates from the Embassy of Canada in France and Monaco or from Global Affairs Canada. There are many travel restrictions and Canadians abroad are responsible for their personal security, and are subject to local health regulations.

Question 1 – What are the recommendations of the Government of Canada on international travel between France and Canada?

Question 2 – I’m a Canadian citizen living in France; how can I renew my residency permit? Can I travel to the EU countries and under which restrictions?

Question 3 – I am Canadian but my family does not have Canadian citizenship: can they return to Canada with me?

Question 4 – I am a French permanent resident of Canada and I am currently in France. Can I return to Canada? Can my family do so too?

Question 5 - If I am a French non-permanent resident in Canada (student, youth mobility agreement, or temporary worker) can I travel to Canada? Is it possible to visit Canada as a tourist at this time?

Question 6 - What are the travel restrictions if I am a Canadian returning to Canada from France or from another foreign country?

Question 7 - What is the status of flights to Canada from France?

Question 8 – Is it possible for Canadian citizens to travel to France from Canada for non essential travel, for a touristic trip? What are the rules within France?

Question 9 – How can I know if my vaccine for Canada will be accepted in France? Is it possible to scan my QR code from Canada in France ? Do I need to do something in France when I arrive?

Question 10 - If I was vaccinated outside of Canada, how can I register my vaccination status in my Province of residence in Canada? What about the Canadian proof of vaccination?

Question 11 – Is it possible for Canadians in France to receive assistance from the Embassy of Canada in France regarding the availability and access to a COVID-19 vaccine?

Question 12 – I am a Canadian citizen in France and I have to see a doctor or go to the hospital: what should I know? If I test positive during my stay in France, can I get help?

Question 13 - I think I was contacted by a scammer. What should I do?

Question 1 – What are the recommendations of the Government of Canada on international travel between France and Canada?

The Government of Canada no longer recommends that Canadian citizens avoid travel for non-essential purposes. Travellers should however understand the risks that are still associated with international travel and take necessary precautions. The Public Health Agency of Canada is advising travellers to practise enhanced health precautions when travelling internationally.

If you are planning to travel to Canada, please refer to:

If you are planning to travel to France, refer to question 8 and read our travel advice.

Question 2 – I’m a Canadian citizen living in France; how can I renew my residency permit? Can I travel to the EU countries and under which restrictions?

Canadians who are residing in France (studying, working, doing business and others) have to make sure they are holding valid documents to prove their status in France.  Make sure your Canadian passport is valid. Contact local authorities for all questions or procedures concerning your status in France. Consular services of the Embassy of Canada in France and in Monaco cannot ease the issuance of a residency document for Canadians abroad. Contact local authorities directly for information.

Question 3 – I am Canadian but my family does not have Canadian citizenship: can they return to Canada with me?

If you are planning to go to Canada for a visit, use the tool Find out if you can enter Canada to determine if you have the proper documentation.

If you are returning to Canada for good, you can bring family members with you to Canada if they were processed for permanent residence as your dependents. You may be able to sponsor family members after you return to Canada.

Question 4 – I am a French permanent resident of Canada and I am currently in France. Can I return to Canada? Can my family do so too?

If you are planning to go to Canada for a visit, use the tool Find out if you can enter Canada to determine if you have the proper documentation.

You can bring family members with you to Canada if they were processed for permanent residence as your dependents.You may be able to sponsor family members after you return to Canada. 

Question 5 - If I am a French non-permanent resident in Canada (student, youth mobility agreement, or temporary worker) can I travel to Canada? Is it possible to visit Canada as a tourist at this time?

If you are planning to go to Canada for a visit, use the tool Find out if you can enter Canada to determine if you have the proper documentation.

Please see COVID-19 Boarding flights and trains in Canada and COVID-19 Foreign workers and students for the latest travel requirements to Canada. 

Question 6 – What are the travel restrictions if I am a Canadian travelling to Canada from France or from another foreign country?

If you are planning to travel to Canada, please refer to:

Check the Travel Advice and Advisories of your current location or destination for more country-specific information.

ArriveCan

Before travelling to Canada, travellers must provide relevant information, including travel and contact information and quarantine plan through the ArriveCAN mobile app.

Canadians who received their vaccines in France only have 1 proof issued by the Ministry of Health and this document include the number of doses received (example “Vaccin 2 sur 2” or “Vaccin 3 sur 3”).  Travellers must still enter the dates of their 2 last doses in the appropriate fields on ArriveCAN. The Public Health Agency of Canada has confirmed that it is possible to:

Fully vaccinated travellers

Many easing of borders measures for travel to Canada were announced recently. If you are travelling to Canada, Check if you qualify as a fully vaccinated traveller.

To be eligible for these exemptions, fully vaccinated travellers must:

Travellers can receive their vaccine in any country but must provide a certified translation confirming their vaccination status which states the number of shots you've received if proof of vaccination is not provided in English or French. The Government of Canada will accept translations that were produced by a certified translator whose certification can be confirmed by a stamp or membership number with a professional translation association. Consular officers in offices of the Government of Canada abroad do not have to validate those documents.

It is important that you  Determine if you’re fully vaccinated before you travel: If you have recovered from COVID-19, you still need a full series of an accepted COVID-19 vaccine or combination of accepted vaccines. If you’ve only had one dose of an accepted vaccine other than Janssen (Johnson & Johnson), you don’t qualify for the fully vaccinated traveller exemption. Please look below on the instructions for non fully vaccinated travelers.

Testing requirements

Pre-entry tests are no longer required for fully vaccinated travellers entering Canada by land, air or water.

Arrival tests: Upon entry to Canada, you may be notified that you have been randomly selected for a mandatory arrival test.

Non fully vaccinated travellers

For partially or unvaccinated travellers who are allowed to travel to Canada, pre-entry testing requirements remain mandatory. Unvaccinated and partially vaccinated children under the age of 12 are no longer required to provide a valid pre-entry test result, if they are accompanying a fully vaccinated adult. Children who are less than 5 years old are exempt from vaccination requirements and from pre-entry and arrival testing.

To obtain information on the pre-entry tests accepted in Canada, please consult this page about testing if not qualified as fully vaccinated

If you need to do testing in France, you can:

Children or dependents

See the latest information for unvaccinated or not fully vaccinated children under 12 years of age, youth aged 12 to 17 years of age, and unvaccinated adult dependents at COVID-19 vaccinated travellers entering Canada.

ArriveCAN: If your submission includes travellers who are not exempt form the requirement to quarantine (for example, unvaccinated 12 to 17 year-olds or unvaccinated dependent adults0, you will receive ArriveCAN notifications and will be asked to complete daily reporting for the unvaccinated travellers.

Quarantine plan

Unvaccinated travellers must quarantine when they arrive in Canada. Please consult the instructions on how to quarantine (14 days).

Fully vaccinated travellers are no longer required to provide a quarantine plan upon entry.

Question 7 – What is the status of flights to Canada from France?

The Government of Canada no longer recommends that Canadian citizens avoid travel for non-essential purposes. Travellers should however understand the risks that are still associated with international travel and take necessary precautions. The Travel health notice provides additional information on the advisories in place.

If you are planning to travel to Canada, please refer to:

It is up to the traveller to contact the airline for information in relation to any modifications of your travel documents, and what conditions apply (i.e. mandatory testing, mandatory masks, etc).

Transit through PARIS-CDG

It is possible for travellers to transit in Paris-CDG airport, under conditions.

Depending on your situation in France, the vaccine you received, and the country you are travelling from, it is possible that you may have to present a:

Make sure you have proof of your ongoing travel to Canada (flight ticket, booking confirmation).

For travellers who need to have a compelling reason to travel to France, transit must be in the international zone of the Airport and of less than 24 hours.

If you cannot be admitted in France due to the current travel restrictions, you won’t be allowed to leave the transit area of the airport. It will not be possible to change airports in Paris. Do not plan an additional lay-over in another country member of the European Union; you will not be permitted.

PCR and antigen tests are not accessible from the international zone of the airport. However, there is a limited service for COVID-19 tests in the international zone running on Sundays, Mondays, and Thursdays morning as well as Wednesdays all day, appointments must be booked online. Results should be available in the afternoon if you have taken the test in the morning, so plan your transit accordingly. If you do not have any checked-in luggage, carry-on luggage will be allowed.

Fully vaccinated Canadians travelling though CDG can be admitted to France and then get tested in the free zone of the airport. Appointments must be booked online. Luggage must be checked in all the way through to Canada.

Question 8 – Is it possible for Canadian citizens to travel to France from Canada for non essential travel, for a touristic trip? What are the rules within France?

The Government of Canada no longer recommends that Canadians avoid travel for non-essential purposes. Travellers should however understand the risks that are still associated with international travel and take necessary precautions. The Travel health notice provides additional information on the advisories in place.

Since June 20, 2022, vaccination is no longer required to board a plane in Canada. This applies only to travel within Canada and flights leaving Canada.

You will find information on travel conditions to France on this site: Covid 19 : International travel | Ministère de l'Intérieur (interieur.gouv.fr).

If you choose to travel:

For more information on travelling to France:

Question 9 – How can I know if my vaccine for Canada will be accepted in France? Is it possible to scan my QR code from Canada in France ? Do I need to do something in France when I arrive?

In order for their vaccination schedule to be considered complete, individuals age 18 or more wishing to travel to France must have received a booster shot of messenger RNA vaccine that is less than 9 months. If you receive a booster, it will be valid in France 7 days after the injection and if it was received in less than 9 months.

It is important to make sure you have valid documentation concerning vaccination before you travel to France. Important information to prepare your travel to France is available here: https://www.interieur.gouv.fr/covid-19-international-travel.

Once you arrive in France, it is no longer mandatory to show your vaccination document to access leisure and cultural places, or transport in France (trains, planes and buses) as the “passe vaccinal” is no longer in effect. You do not have to apply for a valid QR code when you arrive in France at this time.

If you need to take a Covid-19 test while in France, you will be able to identify a provider or lab on this website or make an appointment directly on Doctolib. The average cost for RT-PCR tests is 49 euros and 29 euros for antigen tests. For Monaco, check the official website of the Principality of Monaco.

Question 10 - If I was vaccinated outside of Canada, how can I register my vaccination status in my Province of residence in Canada? What about the Canadian proof of vaccination?

If you have been vaccinated outside your province/territory of residence, either in another province/territory or outside Canada, you may record your vaccinations within the immunization registry of your province/territory of residence.

For information on registering your vaccination records with your province or territory of residence, or to request a COVID-19 proof of vaccination, please contact your province or territory.

Travel to Canada

Upon your arrival in Canada, you will be subject to provincial or territorial restrictions or requirements which differ in each province and territory. Some provinces and territories have created a secure proof of vaccination document that allows holders who are fully vaccinated to access non-essential services within their province or territory of residence. Note that some provinces and territories may accept foreign proof of vaccination as being valid documentation. Such proof may be required for activities like going to restaurants and sporting events.

All travellers coming to Canada must verify the procedures/requirements in place in the province/territory of destination prior to their travel.

Vaccination abroad

If you are considering getting vaccinated abroad, we recommend that you consult:

About the Canadian COVID-19 proof of vaccination

The Canadian COVID-19 proof of vaccination is aligned to the internationally recognized SMART Health Card specifications. It’s a neutral, factual account of the holder’s COVID-19 vaccination history that is displayed on the document and accessible via a secure QR code. This includes the holder’s name, date of birth, and vaccination history, including the number of doses, vaccine type(s), and the date(s) when the doses were administered to allow border officials in Canada and abroad to assess whether the traveller meets their public health requirements.

The Canadian COVID-19 proof of vaccination may be used to facilitate international, domestic travel according to Canada’s new traveller vaccines requirements, to participate to non-essential activities and to access some facilities. Travellers can continue to use their provincial proof of vaccination if their province or territory is not yet issuing the Canadian COVID-19 proof of vaccination, but should monitor COVID-19: Proof of vaccination in Canada for updates. They should, as always, check requirements of their destination country, transit points and airlines, before booking their trip.

If travellers experience issues with their Canadian COVID-19 proof of vaccination, such as errors or the loss of their proof, please contact your province or territory for support.

Question 11 – Is it possible for Canadians in France to receive assistance from the Embassy of Canada in France regarding the availability and access to a COVID-19 vaccine?

Canadian government offices abroad do not provide medical services (including vaccination) or cover medical expenses for Canadian citizens outside of Canada. The Government of Canada does not supply vaccines for Canadians abroad, administer them, or ensure that the administration by a third party would meet Canadian standards.

In Canada, provinces and territories are responsible for the COVID-19 vaccination rollout plans. Health Canada is the federal authority responsible for authorizing vaccines and for making sure there are enough vaccines for everyone in Canada. If you are considering getting vaccinated abroad, consult the list of vaccines approved by Health Canada.

For information on COVID-19 vaccines outside Canada:

For information on COVID-19, including travel restrictions and requirements:

Information for Canadians in France, Monaco and overseas territories

The Embassy of Canada in Paris cannot provide advice as to whether or not you should be vaccinated in France, Monaco or overseas territories. You can find information on COVID-19 vaccines on the following official websites:

France

Monaco

Overseas territories

Note: In France and overseas territories, it is possible to register to be vaccinated, even if someone is not registered with French social security and does not have a card (carte vitale). Vaccination centres are aware of this procedure and the full text is available online (French only).  The text confirms that the vaccine is free of charge for residents of France without a social security number. You will not receive an invitation letter and you will have to contact your local doctor to obtain a prescription (in respect of eligibility and of your health conditions).

Proof of vaccination does not exempt you from complying with travel restrictions and formalities in place.

Question 12 – I am a Canadian citizen in France and I have to see a doctor or go to the hospital: what should I know? If I test positive during my stay in France, can I get help?

As a foreign traveller in France, you should have travel health insurance during your stay abroad.

As a Canadian citizen, you are able to receive treatment in France. To find a general practitioner, specialist or hospital in France, please check the French Health Insurance directory or refer to the list of Medical doctors, Health care practitioners and hospitals on this site.

If you do not have travel health insurance, you will have to pay for your medical expenses at the end of your doctor’s appointment or at the hospital upon discharge. Once you return to Canada, you will be able to claim some expenses to your provincial health insurance.

You can also contact SOS médecins for a consultation at your place of residency.

If you test positive to COVID-19 while in France, you can call 0800 130 000 to get help organizing isolation time.

Question 13 - I think I was contacted by a scammer. What should I do?

We have received reports of scams that may be targeting Canadians abroad.

If you receive a suspicious email, please verify the sender. Our messages to Canadians abroad are sent from either sos@international.gc.ca or another Government of Canada email account ending with @international.gc.ca.

If you receive a suspicious phone call, do not provide any financial information. Contact the nearest Canadian embassy or consulate to verify that the caller is legitimate.

Consult the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre’s page on COVID-19 fraud.

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