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Last updated 22 February 2021

Months after its first few cases were reported, COVID-19 pandemic is still raging on all around the world, wreaking havoc on stability and economy. But countries are fighting back with travel restrictions, quarantine measures, and perhaps primarily, upping the testing capacities.

If you’re in France or are looking to travel to the country, what do you need to know about COVID-19 testing in France?

 

Testing requirements for visitors entering France

According to France’s Minister of Europe and Foreign Affairs website, depending on your point of departure and if you are over 11 years, you will be subject to a COVID-19 test before boarding or arrival. If you are arriving from:

Travellers arriving from European Union Member States, Andorra, the Holy See, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway, San Marino and Switzerland, may enter France.

Additionally, travellers would need to prepare the following and present them 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’re looking to enter France from outside the European space, the following applies:

You may only enter France if your journey meets one of the exception criteria as listed on the exempted international travel certificate and if you have pressing grounds for travel.

Before boarding, you must present:

  • An exempted international travel certificate for travel to France, available here in English.
  • 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, regardless of your nationality, a negative PCR test result, carried out less than 72 hours before boarding.

As of 22 February 2021, the number of active COVID-19 cases in France is 3,273,748 with 84,306 counts of fatalities.

 

Testing at Paris airport

Passengers who weren’t able to take an RT-PCR test prior to departure can get tested at the Charles de Gaulle airport at Terminal 2E and Terminal 2AC.

Note that connecting passengers cannot get tested during their transit at Paris airports (CDG and Orly).

 

When should I get tested in France?

Common signs of the infection listed on France government website include respiratory symptoms, fever, coughing, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties.

If you are experiencing these symptoms or recently came into contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19, you can locate a general practitioner nearby online to make an appointment. You’ll then get a prescription to be tested at the nearest facility.

Alternatively, if you came into contact with someone who tested positive, you may be contacted for tracing purpose. You’ll be directed to the nearest testing facility.

Where can I get tested in France?

A geographical map of labs performing COVID-19 test is available on the French Ministry of Solidarity and Health website (content in French).

Cities all across France are also setting up a free pop-up or mobile testing centres, the list of which can be found on the websites of each local government.

Pharmacies across France are now authorized to offer a serology-based rapid test that detects antibodies in the blood. The presence of antibodies may suggest that you have been infected by the virus within the past two to three weeks. The Health Authority of France (content in French) recommends that this rapid test is used only for diagnostic purposes and to be followed up with medical biology examinations carried out in the laboratory.

While we do recommend consulting the geographical map above, here are some COVID testing centers available in the Île-de-France region:

Paris

  • Paris 4th: La Scala laboratory, 2 place Baudoyer 75004
    9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
    Monday to Saturday 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. for priority audiences 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
    for people without a prescription and without an appointment 
  • Paris 13th: Eurofins CEF laboratory, Mairie du 13e, 3 rue Philippe de Champagne 75013
    From 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Paris 15th: Cerballiance Paris and IDF Est laboratory, Mairie du 15è, 31 rue Péclet 75015
    From 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. for priority audiences (prescription or SMS from the CPAM)
    From 1:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. for people without a prescription and without an appointment
  • Paris 17th: Biolam LCD laboratory – Parc Martin Luther King, entrance at 52 rue Gilbert Cesbron, 75017
    From 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. for priority audiences
    From 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. for people without a prescription and without an appointment
  • Paris 18th: Biolam LCD laboratory, place Dorléac, 10-12 rue Maurice Grimaud 75018
    From 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. for priority audiences
    From 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. for people without a prescription and without an appointment
  • Paris 19th: Guevalt laboratory, Espace Pierre Girard, 5/7 rue Pierre Girard
    From 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. for priority audiences
    From 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. for people without a prescription and without an appointment

Seine-et-Marne

  • Lognes (77): Armainvilliers laboratory, Espace Diderot 97 boulevard du Segrais 77185
    From 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Dammarie-Les-Lys (77): 444, avenue du Général Leclerc
    From 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. for priority audiences
    From 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. for people without a prescription and without an appointment

Yvelines

  • Trappes (78): Eurofins CEF laboratory, 2 allée Antoine de Saint Exupéry 78190
    From 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. for priority groups
    From 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. for people without a prescription and without an appointment
  • Mantes-la-Jolie (78): Cerballiance IDF Ouest laboratory, Espace Les Eglantines, 1 rue Georges Braque 78200
    From 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. for priority audiences
    From 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. for people without a prescription and without an appointment
  • Poissy (78): 53 avenue Blanche de Castille, 78300
    From 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. only for priority audiences

Essonne

  • Evry (91): Cerballiance IDF Ouest laboratory, 2 clos de la Cathédrale 91000
    From 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Massy (91): Screening center, 4 Place de l’Union européenne 91300
    From 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. for priority groups
    From 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. for people without a prescription and without an appointment

Hauts-de-Seine

  • La Défense (92): Biolam LCD laboratory, CNIT screening center, 2 Place de la Défense 92092 (opposite the pharmacy)
    From 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. for priority groups
    From 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. for people without a prescription and without an appointment
  • Issy-les-Moulineaux (92): Biolam LCD laboratory, 239 Rue Jean Jacques Rousseau 92130
    From 9 a.m. to
    2 p.m. for priority audiences From 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. for people without a prescription and without an appointment

Seine-St-Denis

  • Bondy (93): Guevalt laboratory, Espace Chauzy, esplanade Claude Fuzier 93140
    From 8 a.m.  to 2 p.m.
  • Saint-Denis (93): Biolam LCD laboratory, 6 rue de la legion d’honneur 93200
    From 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. for priority audiences
    From 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. for people without a prescription and without an appointment

Val-de-Marne

  • Fontenay-sous-bois (94): Biomega laboratory, Salle Pacquot, 18bis rue de Neuilly 94120
    From 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. for priority audiences
    From 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. for people without a prescription and without an appointment
  • Vitry-sur-Seine (94): Cerballiance IDF Sud laboratory, Place du marché, 7 Avenue Henri Barbusse, 94400
    From 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. for priority audiences
    From 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. for people without a prescription and without an appointment

Val-d’Oise

  • Argenteuil (95): Biolam LCD laboratory, 9 boulevard Héloïse 95100
    From 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. for priority audiences
    From 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. for people without a prescription and without an appointment
  • Cergy (95): Cerballiance IDF Ouest laboratory, 2 rue de la Pergola 95000
    From 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. for priority groups
    From 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. for people without a prescription and without an appointment

 

How much is the cost for COVID-19 test in France?

The test costs €54, but French government in July declared (content in French) that all COVID-19 test cost will be reimbursed in full via carte vitale (health insurance card), even for the one without prescription from a doctor.

For serology test mentioned above, you can find it priced around €9.45 to €15.