France (Travel Restrictions, COVID Tests & Quarantine Requirements)

This page was last updated on 24 February, 2021.


At a Glance

Travel Restrictions

Tourist Entry: Partially Allowed
Testing: COVID-19 test is required for travellers without Negative PCR test.
Quarantine Required: Depends
Quarantine Details: Quarantine for 14 days required for some countries.

Local Restrictions

Lockdown in Effect: Yes
Events: Banned
Transport: Operational with restrictions
Shopping: Open
Restaurants and Bars: Closed

Detailed Travel Advisory

Published 08.02.2021
1. Passengers are not allowed to enter.
– This does not apply to passengers arriving from Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland (Rep.), Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland or Vatican City (Holy See);
– This does not apply to the following passengers who must present a completed Travel Certificate before boarding and to immigration upon arrival obtained at
– nationals of France and their spouses and children;
– nationals of Andorra, Monaco, San Marino, Switzerland, Vatican City (Holy See) and an EEA Member State and their spouses and children;
– passengers with a diplomatic, official or service passport;
– passengers with a residence permit issued by Andorra, Monaco, San Marino, Switzerland, Vatican City (Holy See) or an EEA Member State;
– merchant seamen;
– students;
– passengers with a confirmation of being an unmarried partner of a national of France. They must also have a written invitation from the national of France;
– passengers with a Laissez-Passer.
2. Passengers must have a medical certificate with a negative Coronavirus (COVID-19) molecular test result. The test must have been taken at most 72 hours before departure from the first embarkation point.
– This does not apply to passengers younger than 11 years.
3. Passengers must have a completed sworn statement obtained at
4. Passengers could be subject to a PCR test and quarantine upon arrival.


Detailed Tourist Information

Any international travel is discouraged until further notice, unless pressing reasons require it.

Travellers from Australia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand are required to travel only in case of pressing grounds.

Travellers from other Third Countries can only enter France if their journey meets one of the exceptions listed on the exempted international travel certificate and if they have pressing grounds.

All travellers arriving from countries outside of the European Union must present a negative PCR test less than 72 hours old.

Where a PCR test cannot be carried out in the country of departure, you can ask the French Embassy or Consulate for a specific document called “PCR test exemption”. In this case, you will be tested upon arrival and undergo a compulsory 7-day quarantine in an accommodation establishment validated by the public authorities.

These travellers are also required to undergo a compulsory 7-day quarantine. Additionally, they will be tested a second time at the end of the isolation period.

Travellers coming from Australia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, Singapore, South Korea, and Thailand need to present a sworn declaration that they do not have COVID-19 symptoms and that they have not been in contact with a confirmed COVID-19 case in the 14 days before their travel. They also agree to submit to a PCR test upon arrival in France. Furthermore, they are required to agree to self-isolate for 7 days upon arrival and to submit to a PCR test at the end of the isolation period. This requirement does not apply to people under the age of 14.

Travellers from any other Third Country, in addition to the above-mentioned declaration, are required to present an exempted international movement certificate for travel to metropolitan France. This certificate has to be shown to travel companies as well as to border control authorities.

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

Travellers from the UK must also present a certificate of travel to France from the United Kingdom. Furthermore, The British authorities maintain a list of centres capable of carrying out COVID-19 tests.

Lockdown Details

A nightly curfew is currently in force in metropolitan France. Between 18:00 and 6:00 you may leave your residence only for the following reasons and with an exemption certificate:

-commuting to and from work, school or training place;
-carrying out essential business trips that cannot be postponed;
-medical appointments that cannot be carried out remotely or postponed;
-essential family reasons, assisting vulnerable persons, persons in a precarious situation or taking care of children;
-persons with a disability and their accompanying person;
-judicial or administrative summons;
-participating in a mission of general interest upon request from an administrative authority;
-air or rail transit related to long-distance journeys;
-walking a pet outdoors within 1km of one’s place of residence and for a short amount of time.

Masks are compulsory in enclosed public places. Furthermore, wearing a mask is also compulsory for anyone over 11 years old in all public spaces, public transport, in crowded areas, taxi, restaurants, cafés, bars (compulsory for staff and customers when moving around), at school (compulsory for teachers, educational staff and students – not recommended in kindergartens), in casinos, and in case of vulnerable people.

An exception is envisaged for people with disabilities: in this case, a medical certificate is required.


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