COVID-19 : Information on measures upon arrival in France
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.
That depends on virus circulation in your country of departure.
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, the Holy See, Iceland, Japan, Liechtenstein, Monaco, New Zealand, Norway, Rwanda, San Marino, South Korea, Singapore, Switzerland, Thailand and the United Kingdom.
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 hold an official passport;
- If you take up your duties in a diplomatic or consular mission or in an international organization headquartered or having an office in France, where necessary with your spouse and children, or if you travel to France with a mission order issued by your home State;
- If you are a foreign health professional helping to fight COVID-19 or recruited as a trainee for this purpose;
- 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 or you are a minor enrolled in school, 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” or “ICT posted worker” long-stay visa, where necessary with your spouse and children;
- If you travel to France to receive treatment in a public or private hospital.
For your arrival in France, you need to fill in and carry two documents in addition to required travel 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. Algeria, Bahrain, China, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ecuador, Iraq, Iran, Israel, Lebanon, Morocco, Panama, South Africa, Russia, Turkey, Ukraine United Arab Emirates, United States of America, or Zimbabwe:
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. If you are coming from another country, you are strongly recommended to present a negative test result, carried out less than 72 hours before departure, upon your arrival in France. If you do not have this result, you will have to take a test at your airport of arrival.
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.
You will have to adhere to current national confinement rules.
If you do not have a negative result of a test carried out in the 72 hours before your departure and if your test at the airport is positive, or if you have COVID-19 symptoms, the authorities can require that you self-isolate.
Travellers are asked to show civic responsibility and to follow the health precautions recommended by the authorities.