Travel and Embassy Services FAQs
News13 September 2021
Travel between France and Ireland - What you need to know
Please see the DFA travel advice page for France. The conditions for entering France will depend on your country of departure and your vaccination status. Ireland is on France's 'Green List' of countries, which also includes all EU Member States. The full list is outlined on the French Foreign Ministry's website, along with measures in place for those arriving from Orange or Red countries. France is operating the EU Digital Covid Certificate (EU DCC). If you are in Ireland and have issues in generating your Irish EU DCC or wish to request a certificate based on recovery from Covid-19, please contact 1800 851 504. You are encouraged to allow plenty of time in the airport or port as there are now more checks in place.
Requirements for those travelling to France from Ireland:
If you travelling to France from Ireland, you will be required to present one of the following three documents upon boarding:
- Proof of full vaccination. Details of what is considered ‘fully vaccinated’ are outlined here, or;
- Proof of a negative result from a RT-PCR or antigen test taken less than 72 hours prior to departure (applicable to passengers age 12 years or older) or;
- A certificate of recovery dated more than 11 days and less than 6 months prior to the date of arrival in France. A certificate of recovery is a document issued to persons who have contracted Covid-19 upon presentation of a positive RT-PCR or antigen test result.
This will not apply to: trips by residents of cross-border areas (border within a 30km radius of your residence, and for a duration of less than 24 hours); work-related trips, the urgent or frequent nature of which makes them incompatible with these tests; or trips by hauliers carrying out their work. In order to avail of such an exemption, you must carry documentary proof that your trip falls into one of these categories.
You may be refused boarding if you cannot present the relevant documentation. If you can provide one of these three documents, no self-isolation period is required upon arrival in France.
Travel to and from other locations:
Different travel restrictions apply to those arriving from ‘orange’ or ‘red’ countries, full details of which are outlined on the French Foreign Ministry’s website. If you are transiting a French airport and remain airside, you are only obliged to carry the documentation required for your final destination. Travel restrictions for French Overseas Territories are determined by the authorities of each territory, links for each Territory outlined on the French Foreign Ministry's website.
Accessing French EU Digital Covid Certificates:
If you have been vaccinated in France - see information on how to download your vaccination certificate here. If you have a French Carte Vitale and Ameli account, you will be able to download your EU Digital Covid Certificate (bilingual vaccination cert in English and French). If you have been vaccinated in France and do not have an Ameli account, you can request a copy of your EU DCC from any vaccination centre, GP or Pharmacy - but you will need to present your vaccination details.
We have been advised by the French authorities that all those resident in France are entitled to vaccination in line with the Government roll-out. If you do not have a Carte Vitale, you can still book an appointment, but should bring your passport and a declaration sur l'honneur that you are resident in France with you to your appointment.
If you seek to obtain an EU DCC based on recovery from Covid-19, you can request this document from the testing centre (e.g. lab or pharmacy) at least 11 days (and less than 180 days) after testing positive. All negative and positive covid test results generated in France are stored on the SIDEP platform. If you were provided with a SIDEP code when you received your positive test e.g. via SMS, you can input this code into the SIDEP portal and access your EU-DCC via this site. Guidance on accessing test results from SIDEP is available here.
As of 19 July, Ireland is operating the EU Digital Covid Certificate. An EU-DCC is not a pre-requisite for travelling (as long as you comply with the measures outlined below) but will make it easier to travel safely in Europe, serving as valid proof of vaccination, recovery from Covid or that you have had a negative PCR test.
All passengers arriving into Ireland must complete a Passenger Locator Form. Failure to do so is an offence. Paper versions of this form are not accepted. You are encouraged to allow plenty of time in the airport or port as there are now more checks in place.
Passengers travelling to Ireland from countries within the EU (including France), Iceland, Lichtenstein, Norway, Switzerland are not required to quarantine if they have valid proof of:
- full vaccination (Details of what is considered ‘fully vaccinated’ are outlined here), or
- recovery from Covid-19 (over 11 days and less than 180 days ago), or
- a negative PCR test taken less than 72 hours prior to arrival in the State.
Passengers travelling to Ireland from other countries, including Monaco, will not have to quarantine if they have valid proof of:
- full vaccination with an EMA-approved vaccine(received final dose over 14 days ago), or
- recovery from Covid 19 (over 11 days and less than 180 days ago)
Passengers who cannot provide proof of full vaccination or recovery from Covid-19 can travel to Ireland with a negative RT-PCR test taken less than 72h prior to arrival in the State. However, those who travel on the basis of a negative RT-PCR test will have to self-quarantine upon arrival. This quarantine period can be ended if they receive a negative PCR test taken from day 5 onwards - post-arrival tests can be booked here. Please see here for full information.
Travelling with Children:
Children age 12-17 travelling to Ireland will be required to present a negative RT-PCR test result taken less than 72h prior to arrival in the State, unless they have proof of vaccination or recovery.
Children of any age, travelling with accompanying vaccinated or recovered adults will not be required to self-quarantine post arrival. However, where one accompanying adult needs to self-quarantine, then all children must also self-quarantine.
We strongly advise that you carefully consult the gov.ie and Citizens Information websites for the most up-to-date information on the measures currently in place in Ireland. Anyone arriving in Ireland is asked to follow public health advice. If you are travelling onwards from Ireland into Northern Ireland, check this guidance on requirements in place for travel to Northern Ireland.
PCR and Antigen testing in France:
RT-PCR and antigen testing is widely available throughout France and is free for French residents who are enrolled in the French health insurance system (Carte Vitale holder). For those who are not enrolled, PCR tests cost €49 and antigen tests cost €29. You generally need to pre-book an appointment for an RT-PCR test. Information on testing centres is available on the French Health Ministry’s website. Most pharmacies offer antigen testing on a walk-in basis and there are pop-up testing centres throughout the country. Please note, a negative antigen test result will not be accepted as an EU DCC for travel to Ireland.
À partir du lundi 19 juillet, de nouvelles règles et de nouveaux conseils pour les personnes qui voyagent à l’international entrent en vigueur en Irlande. Dès le 19 juillet, l'Irlande met en place le certificat COVID numérique de l’UE. Posséder un certificat numérique de l'UE n'est pas une condition exigée pour voyager (tant que vous respectez les mesures décrites ci-dessous), mais il facilitera les déplacements en toute sécurité en Europe, servant de preuve attestant de la vaccination, de la guérison de la Covid ou du fait que vous avez subi un test PCR négatif.
Conseils avant le départ:
Tous les passagers arrivant en Irlande doivent remplir ce formulaire : Passenger Locator Form. Tout manquement à cette obligation constitue une infraction. Les versions papier de ce formulaire ne sont pas acceptées.
Les passagers se rendant en Irlande en provenance de pays de l'UE (y compris de la France), de l'Islande, du Lichtenstein, de la Norvège et de la Suisse ne sont pas soumis à la quarantaine s'ils disposent d'une preuve valable:
Plus d’informations sur www.gov.ie/travel www.gov.ie/DCC et sur le site web de la Commission Européenne.
- d'une vaccination complète (pour plus de renseignements sur la question de vaccination complète, consultez le site web ici), ou
- d'une guérison de la Covid-19 (depuis plus de 11 jours et de moins de 180 jours), ou
- d'un test PCR négatif effectué moins de 72 heures avant l'arrivée en Irlande.
Les personnes se rendant en Irlande en provenance d'autres pays, y compris de Monaco, ne seront pas mis en quarantaine s'ils disposent de la preuve valable :
- d'une vaccination complète avec un vaccin approuvé par l'EMA (la dernière dose a été administrée il y a plus de 14 jours), ou
- d'une guérison de la Covid 19 (depuis plus de 11 jours et de moins de 180 jours)
Il est possible de voyager en Irlande avec la preuve d'un test RT-PCR négatif effectué moins de 72 heures avant l'arrivée en Irlande. Les personnes qui voyagent sur la base d'un test RT-PCR négatif devront se mettre en quarantaine à leur arrivée. Cette période de quarantaine peut être levée si elles font un test PCR qui se révèle négatif, effectué à partir du cinquième jour - les tests à faire après l’arrivée en Irlande peuvent être réservés ici. Pour de plus amples informations, veuillez cliquer ici .
Voyager avec des enfants :
Les enfants âgés de 12 à 17 ans voyageant en Irlande devront présenter un résultat négatif au test RT-PCR effectué moins de 72 heures avant leur arrivée en Irlande, à moins qu'ils n'aient une preuve de leur vaccination ou de leur guérison.
Les enfants, quel que soit leur âge, voyageant avec des adultes vaccinés ou guéris qui les accompagnent, ne seront pas tenus d’effectuer une quarantaine à leur arrivée. Toutefois, si un adulte qui les accompagne doit se mettre en quarantaine, tous les enfants doivent également se mettre en quarantaine.
Nous vous conseillons vivement de consulter attentivement les sites web gov.ie et Citizens Information pour obtenir les informations les plus récentes sur les mesures en vigueur en Irlande. Il est demandé à toute personne arrivant en Irlande de suivre les conseils de santé publique. Si vous quittez l'Irlande pour vous rendre en Irlande du Nord, consultez ce guide qui détaille les conditions en vigueur pour les voyages en Irlande du Nord.
You are advised to follow the guidance of national and local authorities. Masks are required in all enclosed places and in crowded outdoor locations. Failure to comply with restrictions will result in a fine of €135 and of €1500 for a repeat offence.
You may be required to carry a health pass to attend certain events and venues (including restaurants, museums etc.). If you require your vaccination cert to serve as a health pass while you are in France, you can present a paper copy of your EU-DCC or you can also add your EU-DCC vaccination cert to the TousAntiCovid app. Alternatively, a negative RT-PCR or antigen test result (test taken less than 48h prior) or proof of recovery (over 11 days and less than 180 days) can be used as a health pass.
Full information on restrictions is available on the French Government's website. You are also advised to check your local prefecture's website for specific information for your area.
Q: Can I come to the Embassy for an appointment?
The Embassy team are currently operating under hybrid working. Consular Services are still fully available for Irish citizens and the Embassy's public offices are accessible by appointment only on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Appointments must be made in advance and can be made by phone (+33 1 44 17 67 00) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org). We ask that all applications and relevant documentation be submitted to us by post or email.
All visitors to the Embassy must have made an appointment, bring Photo ID to gain entry to the building and must wear a mask. If you have had any Covid-19 symptoms, have come into contact with a positive case of Covid-19 in the last 14 days or have arrived in France from abroad and are within your mandatory self-isolation period, please do not attend the Embassy. We will be happy to reschedule an appointment for a later date.
Q: How can I apply for my passport?
All passport applications by those resident in France, whether they are first-time passports or renewals for both children and adults should be made through the Passport Online service.
If you are residing in Monaco or French overseas territories, you must renew your passport online, but first-time applications are made through the Embassy using a paper form. These are the only applications that will be accepted via paper application going forward, all other applications should be made online. Please check with us that before sending a paper application to confirm eligibilty, or else your application and documentation may be returned.
If you are in France or Monaco and your passport has been lost or stolen and you need to return to Ireland, you may qualify for a one-way Emergency Travel Document to return to Ireland. Please contact Embassy or closest Honorary Consul if you require this service.
Q: What is the status of my passport application, and when will my passport be ready?
If you have applied for your passport online, you will have been given a tracking number to check the status of your application. If you have any queries regarding your online passport application, please contact the Passport Service's Customer Support Hub webchat or phone line and have your tracking number ready. Please note, the Embassy cannot provide status updates or information regarding applications made online.
Q: My passport has been issued, when will I receive it?
If your application was submitted to the Embassy via paper application, we will contact you by telephone or email to let you know when your passport and original documents are being sent by registered post to your address. Please note that you will need to sign for your passport upon delivery, in accordance with La Poste registered post process. If you are not home at the time of delivery, your passport will be held at your local La Poste office for 7 days. If you do not collect it during this window, it may be sent back to the Passport Office in Dublin.
If your application was made online, you will be able to track your passport with the postal service, using the tracking number you were given when you applied. If you have been informed that your passport has been dispatched for post more than 4 weeks ago and you still have not received it, please contact the Customer Support Hub.
Q: What is the status of my application for Foreign Birth Registration?
The processing of Foreign Birth Registrations is currently suspended, due to the impact of COVID-19.
Applications that have been sent to the FBR Office in Ireland have been securely held and will be processed in strict date order upon resumption of services. At present, due to the complex nature of the Foreign Birth Registration it takes at least 18 months to process a completed Foreign Birth Registration application and this processing time has been increased due to Covid-19 related suspensions.
All FBR applications are being processed directly by Dublin. As such, any queries regarding the status or processing of a Foreign Birth Registration should be directed to the FBR web chat. You will be contacted directly by the FBR Office in Dublin when your certificate is ready. Please note that the Embassy cannot provide further updates on FBR applications at this time.
Q: How can I submit an application for Foreign Birth Registration?
All applications for Foreign Birth Registration must be submitted online. These applications are processed directly bythe FBR team in Dublin and the Embassy is no longer involved in this process. Full information on FBR is outlined here. You are requested not to submit any supporting documentation to Dublin until FBR processing resumes. Please check the website for updates.
Q: Are you accepting new visa applications?
As of 13 September, short-stay visas are again being processed. All COVID-19 restrictions on entry visa and preclearance processing have therfefore been lifted as of that date. This is in line with the Government’s next phase of response to the Covid-19 pandemic. Travellers arriving into Ireland must continue to comply fully with all public health measures. For further information, please see the website of Immigration Service Delivery.
Travel restrictions remain in place to protect public health and to mitigate the risk of new variants of COVID-19 entering the country. Details of these measures are available at www.gov.ie/travel
Please note that visa applications may take up to 8 weeks to be processed. Once a decision has been made on your application, you will be contacted directly. In order to ensure that resources can be used to best effect, status updates on applications will not be provided.
For full information please see the website of Immigration Service Delivery.
Q: Has my visa been approved? When will I receive it and will I be able to travel?
In order to ensure that all visa applications receive fair and equal treatment, applications are dealth with in the order they are received. Once a decision has been made on your application, you will be contacted directly. In order to ensure that resources can be used to best effect, status updates on applications will not be provided. You should not book travel to Ireland until after you have received your visa from the Embassy. Status updates will not be provided by phone or email.