France (Travel Restrictions, COVID Tests & Quarantine Requirements)

This page was last updated on 07 May, 2021.

 

At a Glance

Travel Restrictions

Tourist Entry: Partially Allowed
Testing: COVID-19 test is required for travellers without Negative PCR test.
Quarantine Required: Yes
Quarantine Details: Quarantine for 7 days required for all countries.

Local Restrictions

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

Detailed Travel Advisory

Published 28.04.2021
1. Passengers are not allowed to enter.
– This does not apply to:
– 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;
– British nationals who are beneficiaries of the Agreement on withdrawal of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland from the European Union and the European Atomic Energy Community, and their family members. They must not arrive from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, India or South Africa;
– passengers arriving from Andorra, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland (Rep.), Israel, Italy, Japan, Korea (Rep.), Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, New-Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, San Marino, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom or Vatican City (Holy See). They must have not been outside these countries in the past 14 days;
– passengers with a residence permit issued by Andorra, Monaco, San Marino, Switzerland, Vatican City (Holy See) or an EEA Member State;
– merchant seamen;
– students. They must not arrive from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, India or South Africa;
– passengers with a Laissez-Passer;
– deadheading crew.
2. Passengers entering or transiting through France must present a completed Travel Certificate before boarding and to immigration upon arrival obtained at https://tinyurl.com/104zuyhq.
– This does not apply to passengers arriving from Andorra, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland (Rep.), Israel, Italy, Japan, Korea (Rep.), Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, New-Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, San Marino, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom or Vatican City (Holy See). They must have not been outside these countries in the past 14 days;
3. Passengers must have a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test result taken at most 72 hours before departure from the first embarkation point.
– This does not apply to:
– passengers younger than 11 years;
– deadheading crew;
– merchant seamen;
– passengers arriving from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, French Guiana, India or South Africa;
– French military personnel returning from a mission abroad.
4. Passengers arriving from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, French Guiana, India or South Africa must have:
– a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test taken at most 36 hours before departure from the first embarkation point; or
– a negative COVID-19 rapid antigen test taken at most 24 hours before departure from the first embarkation point, and
– a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test taken at most 72 hours before departure from the first embarkation point.
– This does not apply to:
– passengers younger than 11 years;
– deadheading crew;
– merchant seamen;
– French military personnel returning from a mission abroad.
5. Passengers must have a completed sworn statement obtained at https://tinyurl.com/104zuyhq.
– This does not apply to deadheading crew.
6. Passengers could be subject to a COVID-19 PCR test and quarantine upon arrival.

 

Detailed Tourist Information

Travellers from 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.

The requirement for pressing grounds does not apply if you are travelling from Australia, Israel, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, United Kingdom.

All travellers arriving from countries outside of the EU 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, with another RT-PCR test carried out at the end of the isolation period.

A compulsory 7-day quarantine applies with a PCR test at the end of the isolation.

Travellers are required to show a sworn declaration that they do not have COVID-19 symptoms and 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. This requirement does not apply to children under the age of 11.

In addition, travellers are required to present an exempted international movement certificate to travel companies and border control authorities.
 

Lockdown Details

A nightly curfew is currently in force in Metropolitan France.
Between 19:00 and 06:00 you may leave your residence only for compelling reasons.

As part of the deconfinement plan, it has been announced that the curfew:

-will start at 21:00 (instead of 19:00) from 19 May to 8 June
-will start at 23:00 (instead of 21:00) from 8 to 29 June
-will be over from 30 June

As of 3 May, certificates to move during the day will no longer be necessary, and inter-regional movements will be possible again.

-Use of facemasks

Facemasks 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.

-Physical Distancing

A physical distancing of at least 1 metre applies in all places and circumstances. In particular:

in schools and during childcare
in shops (limited number of customers that are allowed to be present at the same time);
in restaurants, cafés and bars: maximum of 10 people per table, 1 metre between each table;
on public transport (as far as the crowds allow it), taxis and carpooling (two passengers per seat row).

Non-essential shops are currently closed and are expected to re-open on 19 May.

Restaurants, bars and cafés are closed.

Terraces are expected to re-open on 19 May, with a maximum of 6 people per table.

Restaurants and cafés are expected to re-open on 9 June, with a maximum of 6 people per table.

 

Sources

https://reopen.europa.eu/en/map/FRA
Data Source: covidcontrols.co