Travel Notices 

Covid-19 Travel Notice

Please read the below statements in their entirety for the most updated information.  

We continue to offer prayerful support and continue with our online Monthly Family Rosary, Bernadette Brigade, My Lourdes Faith Journey television series and are still serving the faithful with our Lourdes Water Ministry.

Our Lourdes Virtual Pilgrimage Experiences are now in person, local on site at parishes, schools and other locations, as requested.  Our medical committee has prayerfully and prudently set safety guidelines and our guides abide by all locally established health guidelines and accommodations.

Travel Updated as of 3/3/2022 

On March 13, France reclassified the United States as a green nation. This allows unvaccinated and not fully vaccinated travelers departing from the United States to enter France without a compelling reason for travel, but must have a negative COVID test performed within 72 hours before departure (if a PCR test) or 48 hours before departure (if an antigen test). Travelers who recovered from COVID more than 11 days but less than six months before boarding may be able to enter without a negative test by showing the original positive test result. Please see the U.S. Embassy & Consulates in France website for more specific information.

 The Sanctuary of Our Lady of Lourdes, in France requires proof of vaccination for any individual serving the Hospitalite Notre Dame de Lourdes (St. Antoine Volunteer Pilgrimage in September) or any caregiver or non-caregiver in contact with the sick in the “Accueils” (St. Noel Volunteer and St. Bernadette Special Needs Pilgrimages in October). In an effort to protect the most fragile while the virus still circulates, the Sanctuary also recommends masks are continued to be worn at the following places:

* Accueils Notre Dame and Saint Frai

* Sanctuary clinic

* inside the Basilica of Saint Pius X beyond 5,000 people

* inside the Piscines (baths) to experience the Gesture of the Water

Unvaccinated individuals are invited to apply and will be placed on a waiting list until the decision of the vaccination requirements of the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Lourdes is reviewed based on the evolution of the health situation. Our Lady of Lourdes Hospitality North American Volunteers does not encourage individuals to receive Covid-19 vaccinations for the sole purpose to make holy pilgrimage to Lourdes, France with us.  We will continue to keep you informed of any changes. 

For more information regarding Covid-19 vaccines, visit our Catholic Resources page to help make informed decisions. 

We will provide updates on travel restrictions and requirements, as necessary. Up-to-date information is available on the websites listed below. Please visit these sites frequently, especially as we near departure.

US Department of State-Travel.State.Gov

US Embassy and Consulate in France

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 

France Diplomacy