COVID-19: Can I enter France? [fr]

Public health measures are applicable to all travellers leaving or entering France. Moreover, restrictions on access to French territory are in place, depending on travellers’ country of departure.

Travel to and from foreign countries is strongly discouraged, and in some cases prohibited. Travel restrictions are also in place within France.

Specific rules apply to hauliers

In all cases, the usual travel restrictions apply (visas, duration of stay, etc.).

Whatever your place of departure, if you show symptoms of COVID-19 upon arrival in France, you will be quarantined or placed and kept in isolation by the prefect.

Other rules apply to travel to and from French overseas territories.

More information on the website of the French Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs.

Arrivals from within the European space

If you are arriving from a country within the European space, you can enter France.

You must comply with health regulations to enter France (PCR test and sworn declaration). You are not required to self-isolate.

The countries which comprise the European space are all the European Union Member States, as well as Andorra, the Holy See, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway, San Marino and Switzerland.

You will need to present the following to the transport operator and border control authorities:

  • A sworn declaration stating that:
    • You do not show signs of COVID-19;
    • To your knowledge, you have not been in contact with anyone confirmed to have COVID-19 in the 14 days before travel;
    • You agree to submit, if you are aged 11 years or older, to a virological RT-PCR test for SARS-CoV-2 upon arrival in France;
  • If you are aged 11 or over, a negative RT-PCR test result, carried out less than 72 hours before departure.

Where an RT-PCR test cannot be carried out in the country of departure, you can ask the embassy or consulate of France for a specific document called a “PCR test exemption” (Dispense de test PCR), subject to pressing grounds for travel (limited to a very small number of circumstances) and prior acceptance of:

  • A virological screening test capable of detecting SARS-CoV-2 (antigen/lateral flow test) upon arrival
  • A 7-day isolation period in a hotel designated by the French authorities, subject to presentation of a booking;
  • An RT-PCR virological test at the end of the isolation period. In countries where antigen/lateral flow tests are available, the “PCR test exemption” is valid only if accompanied by the results of such a test carried out less than 72 hours before boarding and which does not identify COVID-19 contamination.

The costs of the isolation period are at your own expense.

Health controls do not apply if you are a:

  • road haulier
  • cross-border worker
  • resident of a cross-border area (border within a 30 km radius of your residence, and for a duration of less than 24h). This exemption does not apply to border residents travelling from Germany to the Moselle department in France for non-work-related activities.

Arrivals from Australia, Israel, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea or the United Kingdom.

If you are arriving from one of those seven countries, you can enter France.

You must comply with health regulations to enter France (PCR test and sworn declaration).

You must self-isolate for seven days after your arrival.

For your arrival in France, you need to fill in and carry two documents in addition to required travel documents:

  • A sworn declaration stating that:
    • You do not show signs of COVID-19;
    • To your knowledge, you have not been in contact with anyone confirmed to have COVID-19 in the 14 days before travel;
    • You agree to submit, if you are aged 11 years or older, to a virological RT-PCR test for SARS-CoV-2 upon arrival in France;
    • You agree to self-isolate for 7 days upon arrival in France, and to submit, if you are aged 11 years or older, to a virological RT-PCR test for SARS-CoV-2 at the end of the isolation period.
  • If you are aged 11 or over, a negative PCR test result, carried out less than 72 hours before departure.

Where an RT-PCR test cannot be carried out in the country of departure, you can ask the embassy or consulate of France for a specific document called a “PCR test exemption” (Dispense de test PCR), subject to pressing grounds for travel (limited to a very small number of circumstances) and prior acceptance of:

  • A virological screening test capable of detecting SARS-CoV-2 (antigen/lateral flow test) upon arrival
  • A 7-day isolation period in a hotel designated by the French authorities, subject to presentation of a booking;
  • An RT-PCR virological test at the end of the isolation period. In countries where antigen/lateral flow tests are available, the “PCR test exemption” is valid only if accompanied by the results of such a test carried out less than 72 hours before boarding and which does not identify COVID-19 contamination.

The costs of the isolation period are at your own expense.

Arrivals from Arrivals from Argentina, Bangladesh, Brazil, Chile, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Qatar, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Turkey, United Arab Emirates

If you are in one of these countries, you can only enter France (including French overseas territories) if you have pressing grounds for travel.

You must comply with health check measures to enter France (PCR test and sworn declaration).

You will be subject to a compulsory 10-day quarantine.

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Argentina, Bangladesh, Brazil, Chile, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Qatar, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Turkey, United Arab Emirates - List of pressing grounds for travel
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For your arrival in France, you need to fill in and carry four documents in addition to required travel documents:

  • An exempted international travel certificate for travel to France, available here in English and in French. If you are an international haulier, this certificate will be replaced by the European certificate.
  • A sworn declaration stating that:
    • You do not show signs of COVID-19;
    • To your knowledge, you have not been in contact with anyone confirmed to have COVID-19 in the 14 days before travel;
    • You agree to submit, if you are aged 11 years or older, to an RT-PCR test for COVID-19 upon arrival in France;
    • You are aware that you will have to quarantine for 10 days upon arrival in France.
  • For every traveller aged 11 or over, a negative PCR test result, carried out less than 36 hours before boarding, or otherwise, a negative PCR test result carried out less than 72 hours before boarding and a negative antigen test carried out less than 24 hours before boarding.
  • Proof of quarantine location (your home, or other appropriate accommodation) and, where necessary, access details for inspectors.

You will not be allowed to board without these documents.

Arrival from any other country

If you are arriving from a country other than those listed above, you cannot enter France unless you have an exemption.

You must comply with health requirements to enter France (PCR test and sworn declaration).

You must self-isolate for seven days after your arrival.

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List of exceptions
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For your arrival in France, you need to fill in and carry three documents in addition to required travel documents:

  • An exempted international travel certificate for travel to France, available here in English and in French. If you are an international haulier, this certificate will be replaced by the European certificate.
  • A sworn declaration stating that:
    • You do not show signs of COVID-19;
    • To your knowledge, you have not been in contact with anyone confirmed to have COVID-19 in the 14 days before travel;
    • You agree to submit, if you are aged 11 years or older, to a virological RT-PCR test for SARS-CoV-2 upon arrival in France;
    • You agree to self-isolate for 7 days upon arrival in France, and to submit, if you are aged 11 years or older, to a virological RT-PCR test for SARS-CoV-2 at the end of the isolation period.
  • If you are aged 11 or over, a negative PCR test result, carried out less than 72 hours before departure.

Where an RT-PCR test cannot be carried out in the country of departure, you can ask the embassy or consulate of France for a specific document called a “PCR test exemption” (Dispense de test PCR), subject to pressing grounds for travel (limited to a very small number of circumstances) and prior acceptance of:

  • A virological screening test capable of detecting SARS-CoV-2 (antigen/lateral flow test) upon arrival;
  • A 7-day isolation period in an establishment designated by the French authorities, subject to presentation of a booking;
  • An RT-PCR virological test at the end of the isolation period. In countries where antigen/lateral flow tests are available, the “PCR test exemption” is valid only if accompanied by the results of such a test carried out less than 72 hours before boarding and which does not identify COVID-19 contamination.

The costs of the isolation period are at your own expense.

You will not be allowed to board without these documents.

Dernière modification : 12/05/2021

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