How to travel to France

Despite the coronavirus pandemic, France continues to welcome international students and researchers. New measures detail the conditions of mobility in France.

updated Dec. 22nd 2021

Since December 4th 2021, new rules are being implemented for international travelers coming to France. Foreign countries now fall into 4 categories (green, orange, red, scarlet). Depending on your country and your vaccinal status, the procedures to come to France differ.

/!\The lists of countries may change according to the evolution of their epidemic situation.

Vaccines accepted to come to France are the same as the vaccines approved by the European Medicine Agency (EMA) (Comirnaty/Pfizer, Moderna, Vaxveria/AstraZeneca, Janssen) and the foreign vaccines similar to those accepted in Europe (Covishield, R- COVI, Fiocruz, etc.)

It is recommended to get fully vaccinated with a vaccine recognized by France before your departure.

If you are unable to be vaccinated before coming to France, you can be offered an opportunity to get vaccinated in France, in conjunction with Social Security, especially if you come from a country in the red zone.

Categories of countries


List of foreign vaccines similar to those authorized in Europe


[Social Security]

Students coming from a “red” country must join the social security system before arriving in France. If you are not vaccinated, you will be given a vaccination appointment more quickly.

For all other students, join Social Security as soon as possible after you arrive, so that you can benefit from the French healthcare system.

For any information/questions regarding Social Security, please don't hesitate to contact the ISD!