Are the under-18s covered by the parents’ Covid vaccination status? – .

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Are the under-18s covered by the parents’ Covid vaccination status? – .


People who wish to travel to France can do so without any essential reason or other restrictions if they are fully vaccinated against Covid, regardless of the country they come from. They don’t need to quarantine themselves.

Traveling to France for children under 18

If they are traveling with children, that is to say people under the age of 18, minors are considered to have the same vaccination status as the accompanying adult.

France’s travel rules state:

“The measures applied to adults who have been vaccinated extend under the same conditions to accompanying minors, whether or not they are vaccinated.

Vaccinated adults wishing to travel to France must currently present:

  • proof of vaccination status
  • a duly completed ‘affidavit’ (pledge on honor, available on the French government website) self-certification form that you do not have symptoms related to the coronavirus and have not been in contact with confirmed cases during the previous fortnight

Of course, people under the age of 18 who are not fully vaccinated cannot show proof of their vaccination status.

Instead, they must show a negative test result. It can be a PCR or an antigen. The time window in which they must have taken a test depends on the country of departure.

For most countries on France’s green list, a negative PCR test carried out less than 72 hours before departure, or a negative antigen test carried out less than 48 hours before departure is valid.

If you are from UK, Cyprus, Spain, Greece, Malta, Netherlands and Portugal, negative PCR or antigen test done within 24 hours is required.

In France, the rules are different for 12-18 year olds and under 12 year olds.

People 12 years of age and older traveling with a fully vaccinated adult should:

  • present a negative test result
  • complete the declaration on honor (engagement on honor)

Children under 12 do not have to take a test but must complete the sworn declaration.

Unvaccinated children 12 years of age or older who are travel alone in France are subject to the same rules as unvaccinated adults and must present:

  • a negative test result
  • travel certificate to enter mainland France (available on the same French government page as the declaration on honor)
  • sworn statement (engagement on honor)

They must also self-quarantine upon arrival.

The rules vary depending on whether the country of departure is on the green, orange or red list; there may be other exceptions. Please check with the relevant French government pages.

Find out more about travel to and from France for people under 18:

Rules for children and travel from France to the UK

Covid-19: Rules for traveling to and from France

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