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Covid-19 regulations and guidance for camping holidays in France

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Updated 16.09.2021

Are you looking forward to a camping holiday in France in 2022? 

After a difficult few years, due to Covid 19, there is hope for a positive 2022. Europe is opening up for families, friends and travellers to start to enjoy holidays again!

If you would like to enjoy a camping holiday in France it is important to ensure you keep up to date with the most recent Covid travel guidance for your country.

Additionally, for the health and safety of everyone, campsites will have certain Covid restrictions in place.

Campsited would like to help make things as straightforward as possible for you to plan your French camping holiday.  Therefore, we have compiled some useful information for staying in campsites in France as well as a few frequently asked questions…

Is it possible to go on holiday to France?
What are the Covid requirements and restrictions to travel to France?
I am unvaccinated; can I travel to France?
I am vaccinated; can I travel to France?
Do I need a vaccine passport to visit France?
What do I need to do when entering my home country after my holiday in France?
Are campsites open in France?
When do campsites in France open for 2022?
Are there social distancing and other COVID 19 protocols in place at campsites in France?
Will I have to wear a face mask on my campsite in France?
How will I know what I can and cannot do in a campsite in France?
What kind of hygiene and safety measures are in place in campsites in France?
Are swimming pools and waterparks in French campsites open?
How many people can stay together at any one time on a campsite in France?
What happens if I book a camping holiday and then there is another lockdown?
What happens if I book a camping holiday and then one of my holiday party is diagnosed with Covid?
Can I go on a beach in France?
Can I visit museums, theme parks and other tourist attractions in France?
Can I go into restaurants and cafes in France?
What happens in I feel ill when I am on my camping holiday in France?
What are the benefits of a camping holiday now that campsites have reopened?

Is it possible to go on holiday to France?

Yes – France is open! 

It is possible to enjoy a holiday in France.  However, for the safety of everyone, there are some restrictions and guidelines.  You can read more below.

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What are the Covid requirements and restrictions to travel to France?

The Covid travel requirements are currently different depending on whether you are vaccinated or unvaccinated, and from which country you are traveling to France.

A guide for adults and children aged 12 years and over:

Vaccinated

If you are fully vaccinated on entry to France you simply need to show:

  • a vaccination certificate and
  • a sworn declaration (downloadable from the French Interior Ministry website).

Unvaccinated

If you are not vaccinated, the entry requirements to come into France will depend on whether the country you are travelling from is classed as green, orange or red.

  • Green
    1. A negative PCR or antigen test taken less than 72 hours or 24 hours before entering France (depending on the country you are arriving from). 
    2. Alternatively, if you have previously contracted Covid, you can present a certificate of recovery from your home country.
  • Orange
    1. You can only travel to France if you have pressing grounds for travel, as set out in the French Ministry of Interior’s ‘Certificate of international travel’.
    2. A negative PCR test taken less than 72 hours before entering France (or 24 hours if you are arriving from the UK).
    3. Alternatively, if you have previously contracted Covid, you can present a certificate of recovery from your home country.
    4. You must pledge to self-isolate for 7 days after entering France.
    5. You may be subject to a random Covid test when you arrive in France.
  • Red
    1. You can only travel to France if you have pressing grounds for travel, as set out in the French Ministry of Interior’s ‘Certificate of international travel’.
    2. A negative PCR or Antigen test taken less than 48 hours before entering France.
    3. Alternatively, if you have previously contracted Covid, you can present a certificate of recovery from your home country.
    4. You will undergo a mandatory 10 day quarantine supervised by security forces.

The requirements can change at any time so it is essential that you check the latest regulations regularly.  You can find up to date information including the current orange/green/red country list, in English, on the French government webpage ‘Coronavirus – Advice for Foreign Nationals in France’.

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I am unvaccinated; can I travel to France?

Yes, you can travel to France if you are unvaccinated. 

However, restrictions are in place both with regards to travel to and within France.  You can read more in the section, above, ‘What are the Covid requirements and restrictions to travel to France?’. 

You will also find there are some restrictions as to what you can and cannot do during your stay.  Keep reading below to learn more…

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I am vaccinated; can I travel to France?

Yes, you can travel to France if you are vaccinated.  However, you will be required to present supporting documents, such as proof of vaccinations.

You can read more in the section, above, ‘What are the Covid requirements and restrictions to travel to France?’.

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Do I need a vaccine passport to visit France?

No you do not need a vaccine passport to travel to France.  However, you will be required to present supporting documents, such as proof of vaccinations.

You can read more in the section, above, ‘What are the Covid requirements and restrictions to travel to France?’.

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What do I need to do when entering my home country after my holiday in France?

When you travel back to your home country from France you may face COVID specific entry requirements specified by your home country.

This may include proof of your vaccination status, a negative PCR or Antigen test and additional quarantine.

To learn more about country specific Covid entry requirements, visit your home country government travel website.

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Are campsites open in France?

Yes, campsites are open in France! 

However, please note that not all campsites are open all year round. Some only open between the start of April and the end of September. But we have a great selection of campsites open year-round on our website.

Learn more by using the megamenu on Campsited.com.

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When do campsites in France open for 2022? 

Many campsites in France are open all year round and we have a great selection of them!

If a campsite does close during the winter season, in general it will reopen around the start of April.

Discover a huge range of campsites in France on Campsited.com.

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Are there social distancing and other COVID 19 protocols in place at campsites in France?

Campsites in France must adhere to Covid 19 protocols.

All adults and children over 12 must present a ‘Pass Sanitaire’ on arrival at the campsite. This means either:

  • A full vaccination certificate
  • A certificate of immunity proving an infection in the last six months and remission for at least a week
  • A a negative COVID test less than 48 hours old.

Handy tip… do you not want to carry paper vaccination certificates with you everywhere on holiday?  Simply download the ‘TousAntiCovid’ app to your mobile phone and use the QR code to scan your vaccination certification into the app.  You can then simply present your mobile phone wherever a Pass Sanitaire is required!

You may also find further Covid 19 safety processes in place such as:

  • Adapted arrival and departure procedures to reduce contact between people
  • Hand sanitiser at the entrance to public areas
  • Face masks inside public areas and outdoors wherever social distancing cannot be maintained
  • Activities and entertainment may be adapted so that they meet government guidelines. For example while pools and waterparks will be open, spaces to lie nearby may be reduced.

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Will I have to wear a face mask on my campsite in France?

Across France, face masks are required in public indoor areas. In campsites, this may include onsite restaurants and shops.

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How will I know what I can and cannot do in a campsite in France?

At each campsite you will find information both at the welcome desk and throughout the grounds, to ensure you feel comfortable and knowledgeable about what to do.

This may include signage to show an adapted flow of traffic to reduce face-to-face contact, floor markings to stop customers getting too close in queues, and signs to wear face-masks and sanitise before entering an area will be present where it is required, throughout the campsite.

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What kind of hygiene and safety measures are in place in campsites in France?

The health and safety of customers and staff is the top priority for campsites in France.

All campsites in France must adhere to Covid 19 protocols set both nationally and locally by the French government.

The protocols are in place to ensure the health and safety of everyone… and so that you can enjoy your camping holiday in France with peace of mind.

You can read more in the section, above, ‘Are there social distancing and other COVID 19 protocols in place at campsites in France?’.

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Are swimming pools and waterparks in French campsites open?

Yes, swimming pools and waterparks are open in France!

All adults and children over 12 must present a ‘Pass Sanitaire’ to enter a swimming pool or waterpark in France. This means either:

  • a full vaccination certificate
  • a certificate of immunity proving an infection in the last six months and remission for at least a week
  • a negative COVID test less than 48 hours old.

After you have shown any of the above to enter your campsite in France, you will not be required to show anything further to enter the campsite swimming pool.

Due to Covid, there are increased cleaning protocols in place for swimming pools and waterparks, plus additional safety measures such as reduced capacity and additional space between seating.

You can find a great selection of campsites with swimming pools and campsites with waterparks on Campsited!

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How many people can stay together at any one time on a campsite in France?

Under current government guidelines, there is no limitation to group size on campsites.  So you and your extended family can enjoy a summer holiday together in France!

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What happens if I book a camping holiday and then there is another lockdown?

Campsites in France are being as flexible as possible in the face of Covid and the ever-changing restrictions related to it. However, campsite policies vary.

If you are considering booking a particular campsite through Campsited, or have already made a booking, and you are worried about this, please contact our full-time Customer Service team at [email protected] or call us on +44 121 318 5585 and we will do our very best to inform and assist you.

We would also recommend that you verify with your travel insurance provider what coverage is offered in the event of needing to cancel your holiday at the last minute.

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What happens if I book a camping holiday and then one of my holiday party is diagnosed with Covid?

Campsites in France are being as flexible as possible in the face of Covid and the ever-changing restrictions related to it. However, campsite policies vary.

If you are considering booking a particular campsite through Campsited, or have already made a booking, and you are worried about this, please contact our full-time Customer Service team at [email protected] or call us on +44 121 318 5585 and we will do our very best to inform and assist you.

We would also recommend that you verify with your travel insurance provider what coverage is offered in the event of needing to cancel your holiday at the last minute.

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Can I go to a beach in France?

Yes, all public beaches in France are open to everyone!

You can find a great selection of campsites near beaches and seaside campsites on Campsited!

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Are museums, theme parks and other tourist attractions open in France?

Yes, museums, theme parks and other tourist attractions are open in France.

To enter any indoor public area in France, all adults and children over 12 must present a ‘Pass Sanitaire’.  This means either:

  • a full vaccination certificate
  • a certificate of immunity proving an infection in the last six months and remission for at least a week
  • a negative COVID test less than 48 hours old

Face masks are also required in any public inside area.

You can find a great selection of camspites near to French cultural attractions on Campsited!

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Can I go into restaurants and cafes in France?

In order to go to a restaurant or café in France, even for outdoor dining, all adults and children over 12 must present a ‘Pass Sanitaire’.  This means either:

  • a full vaccination certificate
  • a certificate of immunity proving an infection in the last six months and remission for at least a week
  • a negative COVID test less than 48 hours old.

Face masks are required to be worn inside all restaurant and cafes, as well as when moving around an outside seating area.  However, it is permitted to remove your mask whilst sitting at your table.  So you can enjoy a delicious French meal or drink so long as you are prepared!

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What happens if I become ill when I am on my camping holiday in France?

If you fall ill on your camping holiday in France, you should contact the campsite welcome desk or reception to find out the location of the nearest pharmacy, doctor or hospital.

Most campsites will supply medical and emergency information in the welcome materials provided when you check in.

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What are the benefits of a camping holiday, now that campsites have reopened?

After such a stressful time for so many of us, campsites are the perfect place to relax, have fun and to create new bonds and reconnect with family…. many of whom you may not have seen for months.

Having spent such a long time cooped up at home due to lockdown restrictions, camping in France is a great way to get out in nature or to explore new places. 

Whilst there may be a few things done differently, you can still enjoy a holiday, which will give everyone something to smile about.

Here are just a few reasons to camp!

1.  Spend time with family members

Having not been able to see some family members for so long, you can now enjoy spending time with those that you have missed so dearly. Now that campsites are open in France, you can spend invaluable time with your family, creating memories along the way.

2.  Change your environment and be at one with nature

Take your family on holiday and give everyone the change of environment that they have been craving.

After months of lockdowns and not being able to spend extended periods of time in nature, we can now be at one with the great outdoors and give everyone the holiday they deserve.

3.  Treat your body and mind to a recharge

After a strenuous year for everyone, we can now treat ourselves to some much needed rest and relaxation. Now that campsites have reopened, your family can enjoy a holiday that provides you with the opportunity to exercise, relax, and unwind. Not only will this be great for you physically, but your mental health will benefit too, so you and your family can return to your home ready and raring to go.

4.  Spend time relaxing and socialising

A lot of people have spent months wondering ‘when will campsites open?’, as they play an important role in their annual social calendar! Not only are you able to relax and enjoy the sounds of nature again, but you can also enjoy socialising and interacting, which many have longed for over the past year.

5.  Live, love, and laugh

Feel free again, feel unrestricted… and enjoy moments that matter, such as the simple sound of laughter or your children’s smiles. Moments mean more since the pandemic and now campsites are open again in France, we want to help you make them count.

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So book a camping holiday in France today!  Check out our camping in France special offers for 2022 and enjoy your next French camping adventure!


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