Travel to France from India [fr]

Who can travel to France from India? | How to apply for a visa? | What are the formalities to be completed for entering French territory?

(European Area*: European Union member states, Andorra, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway, San Marino, Switzerland and Vatican City)

With effect from 31st January 2021, entry in France and travel from French territory to or from a country outside the European Area* are forbidden except for: compelling personal or family reasons, emergency healthcare, or professional purposes that cannot be postponed. For attesting to one of these compelling reasons, an affidavit form can be downloaded from the website of the Ministry of the Interior, and submitted after being duly filled and signed, accompanied by appropriate supporting documents: ([https://www.interieur.gouv.fr/Actualites/L-actu-du-Ministere/Certificate-of-international-travel]).

Further, previously introduced measures continue to be applicable: only some categories of persons are allowed to visit France from a non-European Area* country; a negative result for a Covid-19 PCR test carried out less than 72 hours before departure is required; travellers reaching France must undertake to self-isolate for seven days on arrival in France, and undergo a second Covid-19 PCR test at the end of this seven-day period.

A strict travel restriction is necessary to halt the spread of the epidemic around the world, due to the highly active circulation of the COVID-19 virus and its variants. Henceforth, all international travel – from a foreign country to France and vice versa – is totally and strictly discouraged until further orders.

Who can travel to France from India?

Entry on French national territory from non-European Area* countries is authorised solely under specific exemptions, which namely include foreign nationals resident in France or French nationals. Further, w.e.f. 31st January 2021, entry in France and travel from French territory to or from a country outside the European Area* are forbidden except for compelling personal or family reasons, emergency healthcare, or professional purposes that cannot be postponed. It is advisable to regularly follow the information posted by the Ministry of the Interior.

N.B.: A person must fulfil both the conditions of falling under one of the categories of travellers allowed to enter French territory, and having one of the compelling travel reasons specified above to be permitted to travel to France.

Categories of travellers allowed to travel to France from India:

  • French nationals, and their spouse (married, PACS-ed, partner – supporting documents of living together required) and their children, having their primary residence in France (valid only if departure from mainland France was before 31 January 2021 or is justified on compelling grounds);
  • French nationals attesting to travel for compelling health, family or professional reasons;
  • Nationals of the European Union, or of Andorra, the Holy See, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway, San Marino, Switzerland, and their spouse (married, PACS-ed, partner – supporting documents of living together required) and their children, having their primary residence in France (valid only if departure from mainland France was before 31 January 2021 or was justified on compelling grounds);
  • Nationals of the European Union, or of Andorra, the Holy See, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway, San Marino, Switzerland attesting to travel for compelling health, family or professional reasons;
  • British national and their family members benefitting from the Agreement on the withdrawal of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland from the European Union and the European Atomic Energy Community
  • National of a third country, holding a valid French or European residence permit (titre de séjour) or a valid long-stay visa, with their primary residence in France, or who is transiting through France to reach their domicile in the European Economic Area;
  • National of a third country transiting for less than 24 hours in the international zone;
  • Holder of an official passport
  • Foreign national working at a diplomatic or consular mission, or an international organisation headquartered or having an office in France, accompanied by their spouse and children;
  • National of a third country visiting France for compelling professional reasons supported by an official assignment letter to this effect issued by the State to which they belong;
  • Foreign national living in France at the invitation of French authorities as part of a cooperation action;
  • Foreign healthcare workers contributing to the fight against Covid-19 or hired as intern for this purpose;
  • Foreign crew or personnel operating passenger and cargo flights, or travelling as passengers to reach their departure base or undergo training;
  • Foreign nationals ensuring the international carriage of goods;
  • Crews or operators of fishing or commercial vessels, including cruise ships;
  • Students holding a long-stay (VLS);
  • Professor or researcher employed or invited by a French educational institution or research laboratory, travelling for the purposes of studying and teaching;
  • Nationals of third countries holding a “Talent passport” long-stay visa (VLS);
  • National of a third country travelling to France for receiving medical treatment in a public or private medical institution;
  • Foreign national travelling to France to exercise their custody rights recognised by court decision;
  • National of a third country employed as humanitarian worker or international volunteer;
  • National of a third country holding a long-stay visa issued for reuniting with one’s family or family reunification of refugees, beneficiaries of subsidiary protection and stateless persons.

How to apply for a visa

On 17th August 2020, 7 VFS centres opened their doors to receive visa applications (Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Kochi).

Social distancing and all other recommended protective measures are in place in these centres. Mobile biometric data collection as well as courier services are available to limit in-person contacts at the centres (please visit the VFS website for details).

Our consular and cultural teams stand ready to process visa applications from the eligible categories as quickly as possible.

What are the formalities and health measures to be completed for entering French territory?

Travellers from India wishing to travel to mainland France must present the following documents to the airline company before embarkation and the border control authorities thereafter:

  • an international travel certificate to mainland France from a country outside the European Area*; certificate for French nationals or another European Area* country; certificate for nationals of a non-European Area* country;
  • mandatory supporting documents showing urgency of travel for personal, family or professional reasons (non-exhaustive list given in international travel certificate);
  • affidavit attesting to the effect that the applicant does not have any symptom of COVID-19 infection and they have not come in contact with any confirmed Covid-19 case in the fourteen days immediately preceding their departure; undertaking to undergo a rapid antigen test on their arrival in France and, if applicable, remain in isolation for seven days in a facility designated by the authorities; and an undertaking to undergo a second Covid-19 PCR test at the end of this seven-day period;
  • for persons aged eleven years and above a negative result for a Covid-19 PCR test carried out less than 72 hours before departure.

Failure to furnish these and supporting documents can lead to the company denying the traveller access to the mode of transport, or, as may be applicable, the border security personnel refusing entry.

If it is impossible to undergo a PCR test in the country of departure, the traveller may approach the embassy or the consulate of France for a specific document ,“Dispense de test PCR” (Exemption from RT-PCR test), subject to the traveller having a compelling reason for travel (restricted to a very limited number) and accepting, prior to travel, to do the following:

  • 1. undergo a virological diagnostic test for detection of SARS-CoV-2 on arrival in France (rapid antigen test)
  • 2. remain in isolation for seven days in a facility designated by the authorities on presentation of a proof of reservation;
  • 3. undergo a second Covid-19 RT- PCR test at the end of this seven-day period. In countries where rapid antigen tests are available, “Dispense de test PCR” is only valid when accompanied by this test carried out less than 72 hours before embarkation with a negative result.

On arrival in France you must download the TousAntiCovid app, scrupulously continue to observe precautionary measures and social distancing, wear a mask, and be alert and responsible in case you are symptomatic or infectious.

In case of any queries on how the measures on entry and stay in France are applied, you can call the toll-free number: 0800 130 000.

For complete information on entry in France, please check the following websites:

Please look up the government’s webpage as well for information.

Last modified on 18/02/2021

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