COVID-19: Information on measures upon arrival in 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.

Can I enter France?

That depends on virus circulation in your country of departure.

Countries for which there are no restrictions on arrivals

If you are arriving from a country on the list below, you can enter metropolitan France without any COVID-19 restrictions.

Member States of the European Union, Andorra, Australia, Canada, Georgia, the Holy See, Iceland, Japan, Liechtenstein, Monaco, New Zealand, Norway, Rwanda, San Marino, South Korea, Switzerland, Thailand, Tunisia, the United Kingdom and Uruguay.

Countries for which entry restrictions apply

If you are arriving from another country, you can only enter France if your journey meets one of the following criteria for exceptions:

  • If you are a French national (you may be accompanied by your spouse and children);
  • You are a European Union citizen or a national of Andorra, the Holy See, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway, San Marino, Switzerland or the United Kingdom, and your main residence is in France or you are crossing France to reach your country of nationality or residence (you may be accompanied by your spouse and children);
  • If you hold a valid French or European residence permit or long-stay visa and your main residence is in France or you are crossing France to reach your residence in the European space;
  • If you are transiting for less than 24 hours in an international zone;
  • If you are a member of a delegation on official travel, or of a diplomatic or consular mission, or of an international organization headquartered or having an office in France (you may be accompanied by your spouse and children);
  • If you are a foreign health professional helping to fight COVID-19;
  • If you are a member of crew or personnel operating passenger or cargo flights, or travelling as a passenger to reach your departure base;
  • If you are carrying out international goods transport;
  • If you are a passenger coach or train driver or crew member;
  • If you are a member of crew or personnel operating a merchant or fishing vessel;
  • If you are a student with a long-stay visa or short-stay visa (VCS) for study or placements or coming for less than 90 days from a country exempted from VCS requirements, and you can prove you have accommodation in France;
  • If you are a professor or researcher employed or invited by a French higher education establishment or research laboratory and you are travelling for study and teaching purposes;
  • If you have a “Talent Passport” long-stay visa.

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

  • An exempted international movement certificate for travel to metropolitan France. You must present this certificate to travel companies before using your travel ticket, as well as to border control authorities (for travel by air, sea and land, including by rail);
  • A sworn declaration that you do not have COVID-19 symptoms.

These documents can be downloaded in French and English from the website of the French Ministry of the Interior.

Moreover, depending on your point of departure or if you are aged over 11 years, you will be subject to a test prior to boarding or upon arrival:

A. Bahrain, Panama, United Arab Emirates or United States of America:
you will have to present a negative PCR test result, carried out less than 72 hours before departure, prior to boarding. You will not be able to board without this document.

B. Algeria, Argentina, Armenia, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Equatorial Guinea, India, Israel, Kirghizstan, Kosovo, Kuwait, Lebanon, Madagascar, Maldives, Mexico, Moldova, Montenegro, Oman, Palestinian Territories, Peru, Qatar, Serbia, South Africa or Turkey:
you will have to either present a negative PCR test result, carried out less than 72 hours before departure, or submit to such a test at the airport upon arrival in France.

C. For countries not on the above list, you are encouraged to undertake a PCR test prior to travel or in the airport upon arrival. If not, you will be asked to comply with a one-week quarantine at your place of residence or in a suitable accommodation facility.

In all cases, the usual travel restrictions apply (visas, duration of stay, etc.).
Documents authorizing a stay in France which would have expired between 16 March 2020 and 15 June 2020 have been extended for six months.

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.

I am travelling to France. Will I be subject to quarantine upon arrival?

If you are arriving from a country on the list below and have not visited a country not on the list in the month prior to your arrival in metropolitan France, you will not be subject to a quarantine period.

Member States of the European Union, Andorra, Australia, Canada, Georgia, the Holy See, Iceland, Japan, Liechtenstein, Monaco, New Zealand, Norway, Rwanda, San Marino, South Korea, Switzerland, Thailand, Tunisia, the United Kingdom and Uruguay.

If you are arriving from another country or have visited another country in the month prior to your arrival, you will be subject to a one-week quarantine period if:

  • You have symptoms of COVID-19 on arrival; or
  • You cannot present a negative PCR test, carried out less than 72 hours before departure.

Travellers are asked to show civic responsibility and to follow the health precautions recommended by the authorities.

Dernière modification : 02/10/2020

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