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COVID-19 : FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

You will here find simple answers to our most frequently asked questions.  Please read this to find information and answers to your questions.

Official Global Travel Advisories are in place: Avoid non-essential travel outside of Canada and avoid travel on cruise ships until further notice.

Canadian citizens who live, travel or are planning to travel in France or Monaco, please register yourselves as Canadian citizens abroad to receive updates from the Embassy.  Also please note that you are responsible for your personal security abroad, and are subject to local health regulations in the country while you are there.

  • In an attempt to limit the spread of COVID-19, most governments have implemented preventative measures and restrictions. If you are in France, respect local measures in place: https://www.gouvernement.fr/. Travel From France and to France are also subject to travel restrictions, depending of the country you are traveling from and of your vaccination status: https://www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/en/coming-to-france/coronavirus-advice-for-foreign-nationals-in-france/.
  • Monaco : for more info, please visit: https://covid19.mc/en/
  • The consular services of the Embassy of Canada in France are currently open and assisting Canadians in France and Monaco. Please contact us by email at  parisconsulaire@international.gc.ca  or by telephone at +33(0)1 44 43 29 02 if your are in need of assistance. It is not recommended to come in person without an appointment.

If you are planning a trip to Canada, we advise you to refer to the following site: https://travel.gc.ca/travel-covid/travel-restrictions

Question 1 - If I am a Canadian citizen, should I leave France and return to Canada because of the Covid-19 pandemic?

As of March 16th 2020, the Government of Canada recommended to Canadian travelers to return to Canada by commercial transport and Official Global Travel Advisories are in place: Avoid non-essential travel outside of Canada and avoid travel on cruise ships until further notice.

If you are planning to travel to Canada, please refer to question-answer number 7 to obtain information on travel restrictions.

If you are a Canadian citizen living and/or working in France, or if you are a dual-citizen of France and Canada, you do not have to return to Canada. If you choose to stay in France, please ensure that you have the sufficient financial means and first-necessity items, including medication, to support yourself. We advise you to check with your insurance company that you are properly covered. New regulations could affect your travel plans at all times.

Question 2 – Canadians in France: If I am a Canadian citizen living in France, how can I renew my residency permit? Can I travel in the EU countries and under which restrictions?  

Canadians who have a valid residency permit for France can stay in France. Make sure your Canadian passport is valid and we invite you to contact local authorities to renew your residency permit if need be. It is important to have valid documentation to show that you main residency is in France, if you travel outside of the country for example. The Consular services of the Embassy of Canada in France and in Monaco cannot facilitate the issuance of a residency document for Canadians abroad. We invite you to contact directly the local authorities to obtain information.

Since June 9th 2021, travel restrictions in line with the COVID-19 sanitary crisis are more flexible for people with full vaccination or immunity. France has adopted a classification of country that goes from green, to yellow to red, depending on the gravity of the sanitary crisis, and travel restrictions are referring to this classification. Specific rules applies for travel to and from the United Kingdom. Please refer to: https://www.service-public.fr/particuliers/vosdroits/F35613.

All members countries of the European Union are classified in Green zone, it is possible to travel to those countries from France without a compelling reason, but it is mandatory to obtain information on entry requirements in the country of destination.

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

You will find this information in the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) Paris web page

Please note that the application for authorization and statutory declaration (IMM 0006) must be completed by the Canadian citizen or permanent resident who wishes to have their extended family member join them in Canada. The application form must be signed by solemn declaration by a Canadian authorized official. Some Canadian Notaries are offering their business online and virtual solemn declarations will be accepted. The Embassy’s consular service does not provide this service and foreign notaries or lawyers will not be accepted. 

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?

You will find this information in the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) Paris web page.  

Question 5 - If I am a French non-permanent resident in Canada and I want to return to Canada, or if I am French and I was supposed to leave for Canada during the confinement period with a temporary work permit (WHV, etc.), am I allowed to enter canada right now?

You will find this information in the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) Paris web page.

Question 6 - I am a Canadian resident in France or in Monaco, can I submit a regular passport application (other than related to COVID-19) ?

Yes, Canadian passport applications for residents or temporary visitors to France and Monaco are being processed as usual at the Embassy. However, in order to restrict traffic to and within the Embassy in regards to the COVID-19 situation, please send your application by registered mail in priority only.  If your application is urgent (i.e., for a trip scheduled 20 business days later or less), please send us an email at  paris-passport@international.gc.ca to  give us details on your emergency. An appointment may then be offered to you. Wearing a mask is mandatory to enter the embassy, and ​​only the applicant will be admitted. Please arrive on time for your appointment. For more information on passport applications, please visit : https://www.canadainternational.gc.ca/france/consular_services_consulaires/passeport_citoyennete_passport_citizenship.aspx?lang=eng

Please note that you must be physically present in France or Monaco to send your passport request to the Canadian Embassy in Paris. Applications from Canada will be rejected.

It is also possible to book an appointment online for non urgent passport or citizenship services.

Question 7 - If I am Canadian returning to Canada from France or from another foreign country, do I self-isolate and present a negative laboratory COVID-19 test result prior to boarding a flight to Canada?

There are many travel restrictions in place regarding travel to Canada. We invite you to consult this illustrated road map on  Entering Canada by air during COVID-19 to guide you.

Some measures have been applicable since 5 July 2021 and others will be in place from 9 August 2021.  You will find them listed below, one after the other.

I) Since July 5th 2021, Easing of border measures on arrival to Canada for fully vaccinated travellers who are currently permitted to enter Canada.

Since July 5th 2021, fully vaccinated travellers will not be required to quarantine or complete a day-8 test. In addition, fully vaccinated travellers arriving by air will not be required to stay at a government-authorized hotel to await their on-arrival test result.

To be eligible for these exemptions, fully vaccinated travellers must still meet the pre-entry and on-arrival testing requirements, be asymptomatic and submit all required COVID-19 information electronically into ArriveCAN mobile app  (iOS or Android) prior to travel to Canada, have a paper or digital copy of their proof of vaccination which states the number of shots you've received, and have a suitable quarantine plan in place where you can stay for at least 14 days. This is required even if you are seeking the fully vaccinated exemption. Final determination is made by a government representative at the border based on the information presented at the time of entry into Canada. You must therefore be prepared to quarantine for 14 days, in case you are symptomatic and/or don’t meet the requirements. If you meet all the requirements, you won't need to quarantine.

Fully-vaccinated travellers

To be considered fully vaccinated, travellers must have received the full series of a COVID-19 vaccine — or combination of vaccines — accepted by the Government of Canada, at least 14 days prior to entering Canada. Currently, those vaccines are manufactured by Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD, and Janssen (Johnson & Johnson). Travellers must provide proof of vaccination in English or French (or a certified translation).

You will find below the list of accepted and not accepted vaccines at the moment. We recommend that you visit the section entitled Determine if you’re fully vaccinated regularly as the list of accepted vaccines may expand in the future.

Accepted vaccines:

  • Pfizer (Comirnaty, tozinameran, BNT162b2)
  • Moderna (mRNA-1273)
  • AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria, AZD1222, Covishield)
  • Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) - single dose

Vaccines not currently accepted for fully vaccinated status in Canada:

  • Bharat Biotech (Covaxin, BBV152 A, B, C)
  • Cansino (Convidecia, Ad5-nCoV)
  • Gamalaya (Sputnik V, Gam-Covid-Vac)
  • Sinopharm (BBIBP-CorV, Sinopharm-Wuhan)
  • Sinovac (CoronaVac, PiCoVacc)
  • Vector Institute (EpiVacCorona)
  • Other

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.

Eligibility

Only those travellers who are currently eligible to enter Canada and are now fully vaccinated, are eligible for these new measures if they meet specific criteria and requirements. Specific questions regarding quarantine measures can be directed to the Public Health Agency of Canada.

Only individuals with a right of entry (Canadian citizens, permanent residents and persons registered under the Indian Act), as well as some foreign nationals who are not prohibited from entering Canada under the Orders in Council (Prohibition of Entry into Canada from the United States; Prohibition of Entry into Canada from any Country other than the United States) can currently enter Canada.

Individuals can verify if they are allowed to enter Canada

Testing requirements

Fully vaccinated travellers must still meet the pre-entry and on-arrival testing requirements.

The test must be performed using one of two types of COVID-19 tests–either a molecular polymerase chain reaction (PCR) or Loop-mediated Isothermal Amplification (LAMP)–and must be conducted within 72 hours of the traveller’s scheduled departure to Canada. More information on tests at : https://tc.canada.ca/en/initiatives/covid-19-measures-updates-guidance-issued-transport-canada/covid-19-pre-departure-testing-transport-canada-interim-order. If you need to do testing in France, you can identify a service provider on the site*: https://sante.fr/recherche/trouver/DepistageCovid or make an appointment on https://www.doctolib.fr/.

Not fully-vaccinated travellers

There are no changes to Canada’s current border measures for travellers who are not fully vaccinated. Travellers must continue to adhere to the current testing and federal 14-day quarantine requirements, and provide COVID-19-related information electronically through ArriveCAN before arriving in Canada. Unvaccinated and partially vaccinated air travellers must also book a three-night stay at a government-authorized hotel before their departure to Canada.

Persons who have recovered from COVID-19 can continue to test positive long after they have recovered and are no longer infectious.  Travellers who have previously tested positive for COVID-19 must provide proof of a positive COVID-19 molecular test conducted between 14 and 90 days prior to their scheduled flight, but they are not considered as fully vaccinated if they did not received the full series of a vaccine – or a combination of vaccines – accepted by the Government of Canada at least 14 days prior to entering Canada – but may be able to obtain partial Exemptions from testing and quarantine.

Children, unaccompanied minors, people who require support for mental or physical conditions, and other personal or professional situation involving not vaccinated or fully vaccinated people who can obtain exemptions:

Children who are travelling with fully vaccinated adults or unaccompanied minors not fully vaccinated must respect the quarantine upon arrival of 14 days and respect the testing requirements, but they are exempted from the mandatory hotel stopover. Children under 5 years of age are exempt from testing requirements.

Other travelers with personal or professional situations may be able to obtain exemptions. Please refer to this website for more info https://travel.gc.ca/travel-covid/travel-restrictions/exemptions.

Quarantine plan

You must have a suitable quarantine plan in place where you can stay for at least 14 days. This is required even if you are seeking the fully vaccinated exemption. Final determination is made by a government representative at the border based on the information presented at the time of entry into Canada. You must therefore be prepared to quarantine for 14 days, in case you are symptomatic and/or don’t meet the requirements.

If you don’t meet the requirements, you'll be asked to follow the instructions provided by the government representative. If you meet all the requirements, you won't need to quarantine.

Partially vaccinated or not vaccinated travellers who are currently permitted to enter Canada, with some exceptions, have to:  

  • Have a negative PCR test result to Covid-19 conducted within 72 hours of the traveller’s scheduled departure to Canada (this is mandatory for all travelers of 5 years old and above).
  • take a COVID-19 molecular test when they arrive in Canada, and take another one at the 8th day of the 14-day quarantine period  
  • reserve prior to departure to Canada, a 3-night stay in a government-authorized hotel.  
  • provide relevant information, within 72h prior to your arrival in Canada, including travel and contact information, quarantine plan on the app ArriveCAN mobile app  (iOS or Android). Be cautious of third party platforms and fraudulent webpages and applications that pose as the official Government of Canada ArriveCAN app or website. If the application or webpage you are using to enter your information prompts you for payment, it is fraudulent. The official ArriveCAN app or website will never prompt you for payment. 
  • Print and complete the necessary “Attestation” to travel from France or to transit through France.

COVID-19 testing from France :

The test must be performed using one of two types of COVID-19 tests–either a molecular polymerase chain reaction (PCR) or Loop-mediated Isothermal Amplification (LAMP)–and must be conducted within 72 hours of the traveller’s scheduled departure to Canada. More information on tests at : https://tc.canada.ca/en/initiatives/covid-19-measures-updates-guidance-issued-transport-canada/covid-19-pre-departure-testing-transport-canada-interim-order. If you need to do testing in France, you can identify a service provider on the site*: https://sante.fr/recherche/trouver/DepistageCovid or make an appointment on https://www.doctolib.fr/.

If you test result is positive and you are no longer infectious:

Persons who have recovered from COVID-19 can continue to test positive long after they have recovered and are no longer infectious. Travellers who have previously tested positive for COVID-19 must provide proof of a positive COVID-19 molecular test conducted between 14 and 90 days prior to your scheduled flight. Travellers with a positive result for the test that was performed on a specimen collected at least 14 days and no more than 90 days are exempted from the test upon arrival in Canada (as per section 2.3 (2) of the Order in counciland are released by a quarantine officer from the requirement to quarantine themselves in a government-authorized accommodation (as per section 3.5 of the same order in council).

Canadian government offices abroad do not provide medical attention (including administering COVID-19 testing) or cover medical expenses for Canadian citizens abroad. You may wish to consult local medical authorities for information on the COVID-19 testing.

For travellers transiting through France from another country, please note that PCR test are not available in the international zone of Charles de Gaulle’s Airport (see question 11).

Mandatory isolation and testing upon arrival in Canada :

Anyone who receives a negative test result and is authorized to enter Canada must still complete the full, mandatory 14-day quarantine including your three day stay in a designated hotel.

Failure to provide accurate information is an offence under the Quarantine Act. In addition, violating any quarantine or isolation instructions provided to you upon entering Canada is also an offence under the Quarantine Act and could lead to up to: 

  • 6 months in prison; and/or
  • $750,000 in fines.

For more information about the exemptions listed by the Order In Council, please visit the website: https://travel.gc.ca/travel-covid/travel-restrictions/isolation#exemptions

Three-night stay in a government authorized hotel :

Hotel registry and booking information is available here: https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection/latest-travel-health-advice/mandatory-hotel-stay-air-travellers/list-government-authorized-hotels-booking.html

Travellers have to:

  • book a hotel in the city in which they first arrive in Canada.  
  • receive a negative result on their arrival test, they will be able to continue to their final destination. 
    • Note that costs of these hotel stays may vary slightly at each location and will include the room, food, cleaning, infection prevention and control measures, and security as well as transportation.

If you have questions regarding your hotel stay and related expenses, please contact your chosen hotel directly.

Exemptions: For more information about the exemptions listed by the Order In Council, please visit the website: https://travel.gc.ca/travel-covid/travel-restrictions/isolation#exemptions

Please note that some of the required documents for the exemption application should be signed in front of an authorized Canadian official. Several commissioners for oaths or notary publics in Canada offer this service online and offer virtual signatures. Forms that are signed using this procedure will be accepted.

II ) From August 9th 2021, easing of border measures on arrival to Canada for fully vaccinated travellers who are currently permitted to enter Canada.

What are the eligibility requirements?

Only those travellers who are currently eligible to enter Canada and fully vaccinated at least 14 days prior to entering Canada, American citizens or permanent residents who reside in the U.S., and are entering from the U.S. for discretionary (non-essential) travel are eligible for these new measures, if they meet specific criteria and requirements.

Individuals who have recovered from COVID-19, but continue to test positive, need to present a positive COVID-19 molecular test result on a specimen taken 14 to 180 days prior to arrival in Canada as part of the pre-arrival test requirements.

Fully vaccinated travellers must be asymptomatic, submit all required COVID-19 information digitally into ArriveCAN app or website and present their ArriveCAN receipt, pre-departure test results, and paper or digital proof of vaccination documents before they board their flight to Canada.

Discretionary travellers who are unable to show their ArriveCAN receipt – either on their mobile device or a printed copy - will not be allowed to board their flight to Canada, as they are ineligible to enter Canada. In addition to their ArriveCAN receipt, travellers should carry their actual vaccine certificate in English or French (or a certified translation), with them to show officials at the border entry point and have a suitable quarantine plan.

Find out if you may be allowed to enter Canada

What is a fully-vaccinated traveller?

To be considered fully vaccinated, travellers must have received the full series of a COVID-19 vaccine — or combination of vaccines — accepted by the Government of Canada, at least 14 days prior to entering Canada. Currently, those vaccines are manufactured by Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD, and Janssen (Johnson & Johnson). 

Travellers may have received their vaccine in any country. They must provide proof of vaccination in English or French.

What will change?

  • The three-night government-authorized hotel stay requirement will be eliminated for all air travellers arriving after 12:01 a.m. EDT on August 9.
  • Unvaccinated children under 12 years of age and dependent children (due to a mental or physical condition) of fully vaccinated travellers will no longer have to complete a 14 day quarantine, but must follow strict public health measures. This means they can move around with their parents, but must avoid group settings - such as camps or daycares - during the first 14 days after their arrival. Unvaccinated children will remain subject to the Day 1 and Day 8 testing requirements.
  • Fully vaccinated travellers with Government of Canada-accepted vaccines at least 14 days prior to entering Canada, who meet specific entry requirements will not have to quarantine or need a post-arrival test, upon arrival to Canada, but must still provide a quarantine plan and be prepared to quarantine, in case they not meet all of the conditions required to be exempt from quarantine. However, they may be randomly selected for testing under the new boarder testing surveillance program at airports and land border crossings, and may be required to complete a Day 1 COVID-19 molecular test.
  • Travellers who cannot be fully vaccinated due to health conditions may also qualify for the eased quarantine and testing requirements currently available to fully vaccinated travellers, but must follow a modified quarantine. More details will be available in the coming days, please refer to COVID-19 vaccinated travellers entering Canada
  • Effective August 9, 2021, international flights carrying passengers will be permitted to land at the following additional Canadian airports:
    • Halifax Stanfield International Airport;
    • Québec City Jean Lesage International Airport;
    • Ottawa/Macdonald–Cartier International Airport;
    • Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International Airport; and
    • Edmonton International Airport.

What remains the same?

All travellers, regardless of vaccination status, will still require a pre-entry COVID-19 molecular test result.

All travellers, including fully vaccinated, must still provide a quarantine plan and be prepared to quarantine, in case they not meet all of the conditions required to be exempt from quarantine.

Unvaccinated travellers will continue to be subject to Day 1 and Day 8 COVID-19 molecular tests, and must complete a mandatory 14 day quarantine.

Travelling to Canada:

Provinces and territories may have their own border measures as well as public health guidelines within their jurisdictions. Therefore, it is important that travellers check for the most up to date information for requirements for travel into Canada, and also requirements imposed by their intended province or territory of destination.

The Government of Canada will continue to maintain strict public health measures for unvaccinated or partially vaccinated travellers arriving to Canada until such a time as it is safe to ease them and if supported by scientific evidence.

For official, up-to-date and detailed information, visit the visit the page entitled COVID-19 vaccinated travellers entering Canada.

Question 8 - If I am a Canadian citizen, can I travel to France from Canada for non essential travel, for a touristic trip ? What are the rules within France?

Official Global Travel Advisories are in place: Avoid non-essential travel outside of Canada and avoid travel on cruise ships until further notice.

If you choose to travel despite these advisories:

  • Respect measures in place in France: https://www.gouvernement.fr/.
  • register with us as a Canadian abroad and contact us for assistance.
  • Anticipate the travel restrictions in place for your return to Canada (refer to question-answer number 7)
  • Consider that you could be denied entry into France
  • you may have difficulty obtaining essential products and services
  • you may suddenly face strict movement restrictions and quarantines at designated facilities and at your own cost
  • your insurance may not cover your travel or medical expenses
  • we may have limited capacity to offer you consular services.

Since June 9th 2021, travel restrictions in line with the COVID-19 sanitary crisis are more flexible for people with full vaccination or immunity. France has adopted a classification of country that goes from green, to yellow to red, depending on the gravity of the sanitary crisis, and travel restrictions are referring to this classification. Specific rules applies for travel to and from the United Kingdom. Please refer to: https://www.service-public.fr/particuliers/vosdroits/F35613.

Travellers from Canada can now be admitted in France without having to produce a compelling reason. Travellers fully vaccinated have to show a document to prove that they have received a vaccine recognize by the European Medicines Agency (Pfizer / Comirnaty, Moderna, AstraZeneca / Vaxzevria / Covishield, Janssen). Travelers who do not have a vaccination document have to produce negative PCR test result to Covid-19 conducted within 72 hours of the traveller’s scheduled departure from Canada.

A complete vaccination is understood as a complete vaccination schedule and the time needed after the final injection:

  • 7 days after the 2nd injection for double injection vaccines (Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca). Note that the Pfizer / Moderna combination is not acceptable for travel to France.
  • 4 weeks after injection for vaccines with a single injection (Janssen)
  • 7 days after the injection for vaccines in people with a history of Covid (1 single injection).

Pass sanitaire: see question 13

To obtain more information about traveling to France, please consult:

Question 9 - If I am a Canadian citizen, will the Embassy of Canada in France assist me 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 is not in a position to supply vaccines for Canadians abroad, administer them nor 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. Provincial and territorial public health authorities determine the order in which segments of the population are vaccinated and criteria for eligibility. While Canadian provinces and territories are in charge of planning and rolling out vaccination programs, including administering them, 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, you may wish to consult the list of vaccines approved by Health Canada.

For information on COVID-19 vaccines outside Canada, visit this webpage:

For more information on the COVID-19, including travel restrictions and requirements, consult this webpage:

Useful sources of information for Canadians in France, in Monaco and in oversea territories*

While the Embassy of Canada in Paris is not in a position to provide advice as to whether or not you should be vaccinated in France, Monaco or oversea territories, we encourage you to seek information on COVID-19 vaccines on the following official websites:

For France:

For Monaco:

For the overseas territories:

Please note that in France and oversea 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 referenced on this link: décret n° 2020-1833 of December 31st 2020 (French only). This text confirms that the vaccine is free of charge for resident 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 (see question-answer number 7).

Question 10 – Can I travel to Canada if I have symptoms of Covid-19 ?

No. You must stay confined if you have symptoms (fever, cough, respiratory difficulties).  In this situation, you should follow France’s procedures and call the emergency response number (115).  Please also keep the Embassy informed of your situation at parisconsulaire@international.gc.ca or at (+33) 1 44 43 29 02.

Question 11 – What is the status of flights to Canada from France ?

The Embassy cannot replace you in your search for a solution to return.General information on the state of air traffic to Canada from France can be found below.

It is up to you to contact the company for precise information and in relation to any modifications of your travel documents. It is also up to you to check with your airline company what conditions apply (for instance, mandatory testing, mandatory masks, etc…).  Due to the pandemic, aviation activity has been reorganized in the main airports in France. Please inquire about changes with regard to terminals or flight schedules. You will find detailed contact info for Airlines here: https://www.canadainternational.gc.ca/france/consular_services_consulaires/contact_information_airlines_canada-coordonnes_compagnies_ariennes.aspx?lang=eng.

If you transit through PARIS-CDG:

- It is possible for travellers to transit in Paris-CDG airport, under conditions. You can obtain information on travel restrictions for France at : https://www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/en/coming-to-france/coronavirus-advice-for-foreign-nationals-in-france/. Depending on your situation in France or of the country you are traveling from, it is possible that you may have to present a negative COVID-19 test result dated of less than 72 hours and/or an « Certificate of International travel » : https://www.interieur.gouv.fr/Actualites/L-actu-du-Ministere/Certificate-of-international-travel and/or a sworn statement attesting to the absence of symptoms of Covid-19 infection and contact with a confirmed case of Covid-19, available on the same web page.
- Make sure you have a prove 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.
-Travellers must have proof of a negative COVID-19 test result 72 hours prior to scheduled departure from CDG to Canada.
- 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 and it will not be possible to change airports in Paris. If you are in this situation, do not plan an additional lay-over in another country member of the European Union; you will not be permitted.
-In general, PCR tests are not accessible from the international zone of the airport (you have to be admitted in France to be able to do a test from the Airport. However, there is a limited service for PCR tests in the international zone running on Sundays, Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, appointments must be booked online at https://www.parisaeroport.fr/en/passengers/services/book-a-service/last-minute-tests. There is cost of 139 euros and you can pay by bank card only. (Subject to change without notice)
-Luggage must be checked in all the way through to Canada. If you do not have any checked-in luggage, carry-on luggage will be allowed.

Information collected June 16th:

The main airlines operating flights between France and Canada:

AIR CANADA: www.aircanada.com. Please note that the following flights will not be operated in 2021: Paris-Vancouver, Bordeaux-Montréal, Marseille-Montréal, Nice-Montréal and the new flight Toulouse-Montréal will start in 2022.
AIR FRANCE :  www.airfrance.fr.
AIR TRANSAT: www.airtransat.com.
WEST JET: www.westjet.com.
CORSAIR: www.corsair.ca.

State of air traffic from Guadeloupe, Martinique, La Réunion, Saint-Martin, Mayotte, Saint-Barthélemy and French Guiana:

AIR CANADA :
Guadeloupe | Pointe-à-Pitre - Montréal : Flights suspended until further notice.

Martinique | Fort-de-France - Montréal : Flights suspended until further notice

Information on aircanada.com or by calling the reservation center on 001 888 247 2262 (Canada) or 00 800 669 92222   (Antilles). It is possible to return to Canada via Paris from those destinations (under conditions)

AIR TRANSAT:
Guadeloupe | Pointe-à-Pitre – Montreal : Flights suspended until December 2021.
Martinique | Fort-de-France – Montreal : Flights suspended until December 2021.

AIR CARAÏBES:  As part of territorial continuity, Air Caraïbes provides flights between the islands of Guadeloupe, Saint-Martin and Saint-Barthélemy, in partnership with the company Saint-Barth Commuter. Reservations are already available, subject to applicable government conditions.

Note that it is also possible to transit through Paris to go to Canada. Please check the specific conditions that apply if you leave from:

Question 12 - If I return to Canada, what steps should I take before departure?

You can go to the airport to take your return flight to Canada, whether it is direct to Canada or in transit through another country. However, you must have the required documents when travelling (see question 13 below). Furthermore, if you are transiting, you must make sure before your departure that there are no special measures in place in the transit country.

It is up to you to contact your airline company for information, last-minute verifications and an,y modification of tickets. It is also up to you to contact your airline company to enquire on specific conditions in place (for instance, mandatory testing, mandatory masks, types of masks that are accepted, etc…).

We also advise you to find out about travel restrictions to Canada at https://travel.gc.ca/travel-covid/travel-restrictions and to read the information provided in the question-answer number 7 on this FAQ.

Question 13 - If I am a Canadian citizen in France, what are the rules to circulate in France ? Do the “pass sanitaire” apply to me ?

France : In an attempt to limit the spread of COVID-19, most governments have implemented preventative measures and restrictions. If you are in France, respect local measures in place: https://www.gouvernement.fr/. Travel From France and to France are also subject to travel restrictions, depending of the country you are traveling to or from and of your vaccination status: https://www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/en/coming-to-france/coronavirus-advice-for-foreign-nationals-in-france/.

Pass Santaire – rules in public during your stay in France

Since June 9th 2021, travel restrictions in line with the COVID-19 sanitary crisis are more flexible for people with full vaccination or immunity. France has adopted a classification of country that goes from green, to yellow to red, depending on the gravity of the sanitary crisis, and travel restrictions are referring to this classification. Specific rules applies for travel to and from the United Kingdom. Please refer to: https://www.service-public.fr/particuliers/vosdroits/F35613.

Travellers from Canada can now be admitted in France without having to produce a compelling reason. Travelers fully vaccinated have to show a document to prove that they have received a vaccine recognize by the European Medicines Agency (Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson). Travelers who do not have a vaccination document have to produce negative PCR test result to Covid-19 conducted within 72 hours of the traveller’s scheduled departure from Canada.

The « Pass sanitaire » enables the registration of: your vaccination status, of a negative test result (PCR or antigenic of less than 48 hours) or a certificate of recovery from Covid-19 (positive result greater than 15 days and less than 6 months); it allows you to access public gatherings of more than 50 people and in specified public places. Effective July 21st, France is making the « Pass sanitaire » compulsory from the age of 12 to access all places of leisure and culture; whereby more than 50 people will be assembled. In early August this document will be required to travel to cafes, restaurants, shopping centers, hospitals, retirement homes, as well as, travel by planes, trains and buses / coaches for long-distance journeys. Be advised that other places may be added tot his list at a later time; dependent upon the epidemic situation. As such, young people between the ages of 12 and 18 have an exemption from the « Pass sanitaire » until August 30th, 2021.

The “Pass sanitaire” can be used either in digital format via the Carnet function on the application TousAntiCovid (this toll will permit you to register and store your certificate, as well as those of family members and others in your care). The other option is to present a paper format by presenting the various documents comprising the European-formatted QR code (i.e., RT-PCR test or vaccination certificate).

Canadians who are residing in France but who are not affiliated with social security and have benefitted from vaccination against COVID-19 in France, will receive a QR code with their vaccination certificate that they can print or add in digital format via the Carnet functionality of the TousAntiCovid application. Pharmacies offering the vaccination service can also offer advice on this subject.

The Embassy of Canada does not issue Pass sanitaires and does not validate / certify proofs of vaccination delivered in Canada.

Important information for Canadians vaccinated outside of France

As of today, if you were vaccinated outside of France with a vaccine recognized by France, you are not able to obtain a French certificate of vaccination; however, your foreign proof of vaccination will be recognized by the French border for entry into France, provided that you have received a vaccine or a vaccine combination accepted by France.

Please be advised that the exact terms of application of the “Pass sanitaire” remain fluid and are continually being updated with important information as it becomes available. For now, only binational (French-Canadiens) as well as Canadian immediate family members of a French citizen have to possibility to get the sanitary pass through this process : https://ca.ambafrance.org/Passe-sanitaire-Delivrance-d-un-QR-code-pour-les-Francais-de-l-etranger (French version only).

Canadians currently residing in France affiliated with social security and having been vaccinated abroad are strongly recommended to contact their health insurance provider in France to have their vaccination certificates added to their files. As such, they will be able to activate their “Pass sanitaire”.

Canadians who are not yet vaccinated or vaccinated in a country not on the list of countries eligible to receive a digital Covid certificate can have access to a RT-PCR or antigen test (for a fee) on national territory within 48 hours –only this document will permit access to places and events for which the “Pass sanitaire” is mandatory. The costs for RT-PCR tests average 49 euros; while antigen tests run approximately 29 euros. If you need to take a test while in France, you will be able to identify a provider or lab at the following link*: https://sante.fr/recherche/trouver/DepistageCovid  or make an appointment directly on the following site: https://www.doctolib.fr/.

Be advised that a 135-euro fine will apply if you do not respect the conditions of the “Pass sanitaire”.

The implementation of the rules comprising the “Pass Sanitaire” are constantly being updated due to the fluidity of the situation. For the latest information, it is recommended to consult the following official website: https://www.gouvernement.fr/pass-sanitaire-toutes-les-reponses-a-vos-questions (French only).

Monaco: check this site if you are in Monaco : https://covid19.mc/.

Question 14 - If I am a Canadian citizen in France, do I have the follow the same preventive measures as French citizens ?

Yes.  These measures are mandatory for you as well on the French territory. A 135-euro fine will apply (1,500 euros in case of a repeated offence).

Question 15 – I am a Canadian citizen in France and I have to see a doctor or go to the hospital: what should I know?

As a foreign traveller in France, you should have travel health insurance during your stay abroad. For more info please visit: https://travel.gc.ca/travelling/documents/travel-insurance

 As a Canadian citizen, you are able to receive treatment in France. But if you do not have travel health insurance, you will have to pay for your medical expenses yourself 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 the your provincial health insurance. To find a general practitioner, specialist or hospital in France, please check the French Health Insurance directory: https://directoriesante.ameli.fr or consult the list of health professionals on our website https://www.canadainternational.gc.ca/france/consular_services_consulaires/medical.aspx?lang=eng

We strongly recommend that you call the doctor or hospital beforehand to get info on costs, schedules and conditions applied during the confinement period. You can also contact SOS médecins for a consultation at your place of residency: https://www.sosmedecins.fr/.

Please make sure you fill in and bring with you the sworn statement on required movement form to go to your medical appointment : https://www.interieur.gouv.fr/Actualites/L-actu-du-Ministere/Attestations-de-deplacement.

Question 16 - What is the state of public transit in France, other than international airlines?

Wearing a mask is mandatory for those over 6 years-old, under penalty of a fine of 135 euros.

Transport by train, coach, metro or RER is available.  We recommend that you best anticipate the alternative solutions that will allow you to return to the airport and follow the information on the following sites:

Don’t forget to fill in and bring with you the sworn statement on requirement movement form: https://www.interieur.gouv.fr/Actualites/L-actu-du-Ministere/Attestations-de-deplacement.

Question 17 - Are taxis and VTC drivers working ?

Yes.  You can use them while respecting public health guidelines. Make sure you fill in and bring with you the sworn statement on requirement movement form : https://www.interieur.gouv.fr/Actualites/L-actu-du-Ministere/Attestations-de-deplacement.

Question 18 - If commercial flights stop, will I be repatriated ?

Canadians in France who wish to return to Canada can book their flight directly via commercial airlines.  Please note there is still daily connexion between France and Canada (see questions 11 and 12).  However, you may have decided to stay in France despite the health crisis, for personal, family or professional reasons.  We advise you to registered with us at : https://travel.gc.ca/travelling/registration and make sure you have sufficient finances and necessities including medication and a good travel insurance.

Question 19 - Under what conditions can I apply for an individual reimbursable loan of $5000, as announced by the federal government ?

The COVID-19 crisis is having a significant impact on Canadians traveling abroad (limited movements, diminishing number of flights, quarantine of Canadians abroad, etc.) To help Canadians abroad overcome these difficulties, the Government of Canada has established a program of individual loans up to $5000.

What expenses are covered ? Expenses related to transport (most economical option possible) and expenses for basic needs in your confinement place in France until your departure to Canada: housing, meals, medical expenses that are not covered by travel insurance or Canadian provinces.

Who can apply for this emergency loan? Canadian travelers abroad who have planned to return to Canada and their travel plans were compromised by the current crisis. Canadians in need of immediate financial assistance could apply for this emergency loan. Applications will be assessed on a case-by-case basis. This measure does not exempt Canadians from trying to find a solution on their own before using this loan, and should be aware that this emergency loan will have to be repaid within 180 days.

We will consider that you plan to return to Canada if you:

  • Had a return flight booked and your flight was cancelled or delayed;
  • Attempted to book a flight, but cannot due to the travel restrictions or exorbitant pricing.

For more info on this program, please visit:

Question 20 - If I meet the conditions for financial aid, how do I apply for it ?

If you feel that question 17 describes your present situation and you wish to request financial aid, please send us an email at parisconsulaire@international.gc.ca clearly describing your situation, stating your phone number and attaching a copy of your Canadian passport.

Question 21 – I’m a Canadian student in France, can I obtain financial assistance from the Government of Canada ?

A number of Canadians who have not been able to come back home may also be eligible to some of the financial assistance programs offered under the Government of Canada Economic Response Plan and provincial programs, provided that they meet further eligibility criteria. The financial support program for students in time of COVID-19 that Prime Minister Trudeau previously announced is now available and eligible students can consult the program's online page where they will find the necessary information, including eligibility criteria (such as being a Canadian citizen/registered Indian/permanent resident/protected person; enrolled in a recognized educational institutions in Canada or abroad, etc.) and will be able to submit an application. Please refer to program's online page to submit an application as the consular services of the Embassy of Canada is not processing applications.

Question 22 - 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.

 

*Disclaimer:

Medical practices, health standards and the collection and use of personal information may be different abroad. The lists of COVID-19 testing facilities and information about vaccination campaign in France and Monaco have been prepared by the Government of Canada for the convenience of Canadians who may require these services and assistance. It is provided on the understanding that the Government of Canada does not assume or undertake any legal responsibility, to you, or those affected, if you choose to take it into account when selecting a local service provider or decide to receive the vaccine abroad. Further and alternatively, the Government of Canada does not accept any liability to any person or company for any financial loss or damage arising from the use of this information or from any failure to give information. The Government of Canada aims to provide Canadians with as much relevant information to enable them to make informed decisions on their welfare. However, the lists are not recommendations and should not be treated as such. The information on the lists has been provided by the professional organizations or practitioners, and the sequence of the names is of no significance. The information about national vaccination campaign abroad refers to official government sites (France and Monaco).

All personal information collected by the Government of Canada is subject and is used according to the Privacy Act.

 

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Date Modified:
2021-08-04