Updated on 10/08/2021

Covid-19: Frequently Asked Questions

Covid-19: Informations to travellers
Since the outbreak of the Covid-19, Paris Aéroport staff is on duty everyday to welcome, inform and give orientation to all our valued customers. .
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Several exceptional measures have been adopted at Paris-CDG and Paris-Orly to protect you and guarantee you a safe trip.

In light of the Covid-19 pandemic, Paris Aéroport answers your questions to help you better prepare for your journey.



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" Pass Sanitaire " 



What is the « pass sanitaire » (Covid health pass) ?

The "health pass" consists of the simplified presentation of a Covid-19 health proof. It can be done digitally (via the TousAntiCovid application) or in paper format
In particular, it makes it possible to reopen and resume activities bringing together a large number of people and also to facilitate border crossings.

TousAntiCovid (Google Play)
TousAntiCovid (AppStore)

What proofs are accepted?

To generate the "Covid health pass", you must present one of these three proofs:
- A complete vaccination schedule.
- A negative RT-PCR or antigen test
- A positive RT-PCR or antigen test attesting to recovery from Covid-19 dating at least 11 days and less than 6 months.

Warning: for non-vaccinated, the validity of the requested tests varies according to the rules in force for the destination


Can the "pass sanitaire" be used to travel within the European Union?

Since July 1, 2021, with the harmonization of the European health pass, also known as the “EU digital Covid certificate”, you can now travel freely throughout Europe by simply presenting a QR Code, available directly in the TousAntiCovid application (the QR code of the application is unified with the format requested by the European Union)

Can the "EU Digital Covid Certificate” be used to travel internationally?

No. This is a standard adopted by the European Union. It is not a substitute for local regulations in the country of destination.



PCR and Antigen tests



Are Covid-19 tests mandatory upon arrival at or departure from the airport?

Tests are not mandatory to enter the airports. 

However, according to current regulations, they may be mandatory on departure from Paris.

From 18 January 2021, an PCR test of -72h is mandatory for all arrivals on French territory from overseas and foreign countries outside the European Union. 
We invite you to read our Information for arriving and departing travellers page and to contact your airline.


Covid-19: Information for travellers
Airlines

Do I need to take a Covid-19 test before I fly?

That depends on your destination; check with the public bodies (embassies, consulates, etc.) of the country to which you are travelling. 
Also check with your airline regarding specific measures in place. 

In all cases, when boarding, you will need to provide your airline with a sworn declaration certifying that you do not have symptoms of Covid-19. 

Note that from 18 January 2021, an PCR test of -72h is mandatory for all arrivals on French territory from Overseas France and foreign countries outside the European Union. In addition to the above certificate, you will also need to provide a declaration on your honour that you will isolate yourself for 7 days once in France, then take a second PCR test at the end of this period of seven days.

Check the advice by country/destination on the website of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs
Find more information about COVID-19 on the Government’s website

Where can I have a Covid-19 test before flying?

You can have a PCR test downtown or at Paris-Charles de Gaulle or Paris-Orly Airports.

However, we urge you to have your test before coming to the airport so as to avoid any disappointment. 

Book a test at the airport

Is there a Covid-19 testing centre at Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport or Paris-Orly Airport?

We have set up Covid-19 testing centres within Paris-Charles de Gaulle and Paris-Orly Airports (PCR and antigenic test). To visit these, you need to book an appointment online via the Doctolib website.

Results are guaranteed within 48 hours for PCR test. 

Available only in Paris-Orly airport centers, rapid PCR test slots are gradually available and remain limited in number. These rapid tests are only offered to passengers with a flight ticket for a same-day flight departing from Paris-Orly and only for passengers who have made an appointment beforehand. They allow rapid results to be obtained within 90 minutes. 

Detailed information about the COVID-19 testing centres at Paris-Charles de Gaulle and Paris-Orly

How early do I need to arrive at the airport to have a Covid-19 test?

For PCR tests you will have your result within 48 hours of having the test. As a result, we kindly ask you to plan in advance so as to ensure that you will have the result of your test in good time for your departure. You can access the Paris-CDG and Paris-Orly test centres up to 72 hrs prior to your flight. You must show your plane ticket and your Doctolib booking confirmation to enter the terminal.

Available only in Paris-Orly airport centers, rapid PCR test slots are gradually available and remain limited in number. These rapid tests are only offered to passengers with a flight ticket for a same-day flight departing from Paris-Orly and only for passengers who have made an appointment beforehand. They allow rapid results to be obtained within 90 minutes. 

How are Covid-19 tests performed at Paris-Charles de Gaulle and Paris-Orly?

Departing passengers can make an appointment online for Paris-Charles de Gaulle and Paris-Orly Airports via the Doctolib website, at a Cerballiance network laboratory or at an airport testing centre. Passengers are guaranteed to receive their results within 48 hrs (PCR test).

Available only in Paris-Orly airport centers, rapid PCR test slots are gradually available and remain limited in number. These rapid tests are only offered to passengers with a flight ticket for a same-day flight departing from Paris-Orly and only for passengers who have made an appointment beforehand. They allow rapid results to be obtained within 90 minutes. 

Detailed information about the COVID-19 testing centres at Paris-Charles de Gaulle and Paris-Orly

Where can I have a Covid-19 test at Paris-Charles de Gaulle and Paris-Orly?

I have a connecting flight in Paris, do I need a PCR test?

You must get tested before traveling as you will not be able to get tested during your transfer if a PCR test is required by your final destination"(except for connecting passengers whose final destination does not require a PCR test).

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Who carries out the tests? Do the staff have any diplomas or medical training?

The nasopharyngeal swabs are collected by authorised healthcare staff in accordance with the decree published in the Journal officiel on 24 July 2020.
These include medical biologists, medical lab technicians, State-registered nurses, under certain conditions, dentistry, midwifery and pharmacy students, caregivers, firefighters, State-registered massage therapists and physiotherapists, and first aiders from approved civil security associations with adequate first aid training.

Can I do an antigenic test to travel back to France?

From 18 January 2021, an PCR test of -72h is mandatory for all arrivals on French territory from Overseas France and foreign countries outside the European Union. In addition to the above certificate, you will also need to provide a declaration on your honour that you will isolate yourself for 7 days once in declaration on your honour then take a second PCR test at the end of this period of seven days.


Is it still possible to do an antigenic test on the day of departure instead of an PCR test when travelling to Overseas France?

No. As of 18 January 2021, only PCR tests are now allowed before boarding to Overseas France. 

What is the difference between an antigen test and a PCR test?

The two tests currently used to detect COVID-19 are the antigen test and the PCR test. In both cases, a nasal swab is taken.

The antigen test looks for proteins found on the surface of the virus. These are only detectable when the virus is active. The results are rapid (under 1-2 hours max). 

The PCR test looks for traces of the virus in its genome. The test can tell whether or not a person is carrying the virus at the time the test is performed. A swab is taken, which is then sent to a laboratory and the results are generally available within 48 hours (or within 90 minutes for the rapid PCR tests), depending on the workload of the labs.

Please note that from Monday 18 January 2021, only PCR tests will be accepted for travel to the French Overseas Territories or Corsica. 



Travel



To where can I fly from France?

The list of international destinations accessible from France changes frequently. Consequently, we ask that you visit our information for travellers page, as well as the website of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs. 

Visit the website of the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs

How can I find out more about attestations and declarations on honor of non-symptoms of Covid-19?

If you have to travel, a sworn statement that you do not have symptoms of Covid-19 infection is required for all air travel, regardless of destination. This document, in addition to any medical certificates, must be given to your airline at the time of boarding. A model can be downloaded from the website of the Ministry of the Interior.
Please note that you may be asked for an additional certificate depending on the health conditions in force applied by the French State. To find out all the information concerning certificates and declarations, do not hesitate to consult our informations to passengers page, as well as your embassy and the France Diplomatie website.

Covid-19: Informations to passengers
France Diplomatie



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At the airport



What sanitary measures are in place at the airport in response to Coronavirus (Covid-19)?

Paris Aéroport has implemented sanitary measures within its terminals to ensure that you can travel safely. 

We ask that you check in using the self-service kiosks and we are using detectors at security checkpoints to minimise physical contact. Floor markings are to be observed so as to comply with social distancing measures.

We are cleaning and disinfecting our facilities several times a day. We have also installed contactless hand sanitiser dispensers.

Furthermore, to prevent gatherings of people, smoking areas, nurseries and places of worship have been temporarily closed.

See all of our sanitary measures for safe travel

I need to fly during the Covid-19 crisis: what has changed?

Aside from the usual documents required for travel (tickets, identity documents, visas, ESTA, etc.), you must also have in your possession: 
- an official travel authorisation with supporting documentation. 
- a statutory declaration that you are not presenting any symptoms of Covid-19.

Depending on your destination, you may also be asked to take a test (PCR or antigen). To ensure you have everything you need to travel, please check with your airline and the public bodies (embassies, consulates, etc.) of the country to which you are travelling.
Throughout your journey, you will be expected to comply with transmission prevention measures: wear a mask (on the plane and inside and outside of the terminals), social distancing measures, regular hand washing, etc.
You will also see that numerous sanitary measures have been introduced within our terminals, such as floor markings and the availability of hand sanitiser dispensers. We have also amended our procedures, which now notably include the use of detectors at security checkpoints in order to minimise physical contact.

See all of the sanitary measures in place at Paris-CDG and Paris-Orly
Covid-19: Information for arriving and departing travellers
Download a travel certificate from the website of the Ministry of the Interior

Can I still check in at the airport?

Yes, you can still check in at the airport. Plastic screens have been installed for your protection. However, we ask that you use the self-service check-in kiosks wherever possible. An airline representative will be on hand should you need any help. 

However, to limit physical contact, we encourage you to check in online on your airline’s website.

See all sanitary measures in place at our terminals
Airlines directory

Can I collect someone from or drop someone off at the airport?

Yes, but only if the passenger is a minor, a disabled person or person with reduced mobility, or a vulnerable person. 

Consult all information for travellers on Covid-19
Download a travel certificate from the website of the Ministry of the Interior

Are all of the terminals still open?

No; several terminals at Paris-Charles de Gaulle and Paris-Orly have been temporarily closed.
Please contact your airline to confirm flight times and your departure or arrival terminal.

See the full list of terminals currently open on our “Information for travellers on Covid-19” page

How are transit flights operating at Paris-Charles de Gaulle and Paris-Orly during the Covid-19 crisis?

Can I travel with my dog or my cat in a carrier?

What precautions are taken at the security checkpoints?

In accordance with the French Civil Aviation Authority (DGAC), we have adapted our security procedures to keep physical contact to a minimum.
As such, we are prioritising the use of metal detectors, shoe scanners and body scanners. We are also using single-use wipes when screening for explosives. Lastly, the security officers regularly change their gloves after inspecting cabin luggage.

See all sanitary measures in place at our terminals
Information about security checks

Are shops and restaurants still open during the Covid-19 crisis?

The opening of shops and restaurants at the Paris-Charles de Gaulle and Paris-Orly Airports are dependent on Government directives relating to public access buildings. 

See the full list of establishments on our page dedicated to the shops and restaurants available in our terminals

Are the nurseries open?

No; to avoid the gathering of people in confined spaces, the nurseries have been temporarily closed.
 
See all sanitary measures in place at our terminals

Where can I buy a mask at the airport?

No; to avoid the gathering of people in confined spaces, the nurseries have been temporarily closed.

Check the list and location of pharmacies at our airports
See all information for travellers on Covid-19

Are masks mandatory outside of the terminals and on board the aircraft?

Yes. You must wear a mask both inside and outside of our terminals, as well as on board the aircraft, in accordance with the health recommendations of the French authorities.
Please note that only surgical masks are allowed on the aircraft; cloth masks are prohibited.

See all sanitary measures in place at our terminals

Is it possible to take the plane with a bottle of hydroalcoholic gel?

Yes. The regulations limit the carrying of hydroalcoholic gels per individual container to 500mL for a maximum of 2L per passenger (this quantity is in addition to that applied to other liquids: 100ml maximum per container with a total of 1L per passenger).