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COVID Requirements

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Masks are not required at the conference venues. Masks are also no longer required on public transportation within France. 

Traveling Into France

Since February 12, 2022, the following rules apply at borders:

  • For travelers vaccinated within the meaning of European regulations*, no more tests are required on departure. Proof of a complete vaccination schedule becomes sufficient to arrive in France, regardless of the country of origin, as was the case before the distribution of the Omicron variant.
  • For unvaccinated travellers, the obligation to present a negative test to travel to France remains, but the measures on arrival (test, isolation) are lifted when they come from countries on the “green” list, characterized by a moderate circulation of the virus.
  • When unvaccinated travelers come from a country on the “orange” list, they must continue to present a compelling reasoning justifying the need for them to come to mainland France and may still be subject to a random test on arrival. Travelers who test positive will have to isolate themselves, in accordance with the recommendations of the Health Insurance.

In the event of an emergency characterized by the appearance of a variant likely to present a risk of increased transmissibility or immune escape, the “emergency brake” mechanism will be activated and the country will then be placed on the “red” list, implying, as is the case today, the obligation to present a compelling reason for travelling, the obligation to present a negative test on departure – including for vaccinated travelers in the event of a variant presenting the characteristic of an escape immune-, and the obligation to undergo a test on arrival conditioning the placement in quarantine decided by the prefects and controlled by the police.

Such classification will be temporary and reviewed regularly to ensure the proportionality of the travel restriction measures. Currently, no country is classified in the “red” list.

These border rules may be adapted in view of the evolution of the health situation, and in line with the work currently being carried out with our European partners.

During their stay in France, travellers should download the TousAntiCovid application, continue to strictly respect protective measures and physical distancing, wear a face mask and be vigilant and act responsibly if symptoms appear or if they are infected.

*The vaccination schedule is considered complete 28 days after receiving one dose of Janssen vaccine, seven days after a second dose of other vaccines approved by the European Medicines Agency (namely Pfizer/Comirnaty, Moderna, AstraZeneca/Vaxzevria/Covishield) and, for persons who have received all the required doses of a WHO-licensed vaccine not approved by the European Medicines Agency, seven days after receiving an additional dose of a duly approved mRNA vaccine.

Traveling Home

Participants whose country requires presenting a test certificate to travel back home will be able to have their test done in one of the pharmacies in Tours or Paris. 

All pharmacies with the green plus sign out front offer rapid Covid-19 tests. Some locations close to the conference are:

Pharmacie Lafayette du Grand Marché
Pharmacy · 37 Pl. du Grand Marché · 02 47 38 61 36

Laborizon Centre – Laboratoire Tours R. ARNAUD
Medical laboratory · 40 Rue Jules Simon · 02 54 07 57 57

Please check your country’s travel guidelines before leaving for Tours.

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