Coronavirus: restrictions on entering France

As part of the implementation of the emergency health situation in France, restrictions have been placed on entering Metropolitan France and its territorial communities.

Can I enter Metropolitan France?

From the European space

There are no restrictions for travel to Metropolitan France from the European space (European Union Member States, United Kingdom, Andorra, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway, San Marino, Switzerland and the Vatican).

However, due to reciprocity, if you are coming from the United Kingdom, no restrictions are in place but you will be asked to carry out a 14-day voluntary quarantine.

From the USA

The external borders of the European space remain closed. Therefore, travel to France from the USA is not possible except for travelers in one of the following situations:

- French citizens, and their spouses and children;
- European Union citizens and citizens of Andorra, the United Kingdom, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway, San Marino, Switzerland and the Vatican, with their main residence in France or travelling to the country in which they are a citizen or resident by transiting through France, as well as their partner and children;
- Nationals of a third country with a valid European or French residence permit or long-stay visa with their main residence in France or travelling to their residence in another European Union or equivalent country by transiting through France;
- Residents of a third country, in transit for less than 24 in an international zone to reach their country of origin and having a ticket for that country;
- Personnel of diplomatic and consular missions, as well as international organizations headquartered or having an office in France, and their partners and children;
- Foreign health professionals helping to fight COVID-19;
- Foreign crews and personnel operating passenger and cargo flights, or travelling as passengers to reach their departure base;
- Foreign nationals carrying out international goods transport;
- Foreign navy personnel carrying out international goods transport or working on fishing boats.

What documents do I need ?

To travel to metropolitan France, you need :

- The exempted international movement certificate for metropolitan France which can be downloaded on https://www.interieur.gouv.fr/Actualites/L-actu-du-Ministere/Attestation-de-deplacement-et-de-voyage
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 certificate that you do not have COVID-19 symptoms (included in the same document).

- From August 1st :

In accordance with Decree no. 2020-911 of July 27, 2020, for all arrivals in France from Saturday, August 1, travelers aged 11 or older from the United States must provide the results of a virologic screening test taken less than 72 hours before departure indicating a negative result for COVID-19.

If they are not able to provide evidence of this test, boarding will be denied.

Passengers will not be required to undertake any other health checks on arrival.

A list of available test sites in the United States, based on your place of residence, can be found below . However, we recommend making sure that results will be available in time before taking a test.

Texas : https://www.dshs.state.tx.us/coronavirus/testing.aspx
Arkansas : https://www.healthy.arkansas.gov/programs-services/topics/covid-19-guidance-for-getting-tested
Oklahoma : https://coronavirus.health.ok.gov/testing-sites

Last modified on 30/07/2020

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