COVID-19: Entry and stay of foreign talents in France

Conditions of travel to France

Travelers from the European area ( European Union, Andorra, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway, San Marino, Switzerland and the Vatican )

 

Travelers arriving from a country of the European Area but who within 14 days of arrival have stayed in a country outside the European Area must follow the procedure applicable to travelers arriving from a country outside the European Area.

 

The borders of the European area are for now opened. Nevertheless, non-essential travel is strongly discouraged.  

 

  • All travelers aged 11 years or older coming from a member State of the European Union Andorra, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway, San Marino, Switzerland or the Vatican (by road, rail, air or sea) must show evidence of a negative Covid-19 RT-PCR test performed within 72 hours prior to departure.

Only road carriers, cross-border workers and border residents living within a radius of 30 km from their home are exempt from this requirement. As of March 1, 2021, these exceptions do not apply anymore for travels to the Moselle area except for professionals.

 

They must also come with a sworn statement attesting that they do not present any symptoms to the Covid-19, that they are not aware of having been in contact with a confirmed case to the Covid-19 within 14 days before the trip and that they accept that a test can be carried out on their arrival on French territory.

 

  • All travelers under 11 years old must come with a sworn statement attesting they do not present any symptoms to the Covid-19 and that they are not aware of having been in contact with a confirmed case to the Covid-19 within 14 days before the trip.

 

Travelers coming from a country where an RT-PCR test cannot be performed prior to departure may apply to the consulate for a waiver of the requirement to present the test upon departure. Upon arrival in France, they will be required to get a test and will have to stay in isolation for seven days in a hotel on a list drawn up by the French authorities. Find the list here .

Travelers coming from outside the European area

 

The external borders of the European area are for now closed.

 

As of March 15, 2021, any entry into France from a country outside the European area and other than Australia, South Korea, Israel, Japan, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and Singapore is now subject to the justification of a compelling reason. 

Find the list of travel certificates on the website of the Ministry of the Interior.

 

Travelers aged 11 years or older coming from a country for which they have to prove a compelling reason to come to France will need :

  • a certificate that corresponds to their situation, which includes a proof of a compelling reason whether they are French citizens, citizens of the European Union or citizens of a country outside the European area, including the United Kingdom ;
  • a proof of a negative RT-PCR test to the Covid-19 carried out within 72 hours before departure;
  • a sworn statement attesting:
  1. that they do not show any symptoms of covid-19 infection;
  2. they are not aware of having been in contact with a confirmed case of covid-19 within 14 days prior to travel;
  3. that they accept that a test for the detection of the SARS-CoV-2 can be performed upon arrival in the national territory;
  4. that they agree to respect an isolation period of seven days after their arrival in metropolitan France and to carry out, at the end of this period another PCR test.

 

Travelers aged 11 years or older coming from Australia, South Korea, Israel, Japan, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and Singapore will not have to justify a compelling reason with a certificate of travel in order to come to France, but they will also have to come with a proof of a negative RT-PCR test to the Covid-19 carried out within 72 hours before departure and a sworn statement as described above.

 

Travelers under the age of 11 will be required to submit a sworn statement attesting :

  1. they do not present any symptoms of covid-19 infection ;
  2. they are not aware of having been in contact with a confirmed case of covid-19 within 14 days prior to travel ;
  3. they commit to respect an isolation of seven days after their arrival in metropolitan France.

More information in the article “I am currently abroad”

 

Travelers coming from a country where an RT-PCR test cannot be performed prior to departure may apply to the consulate for a waiver of the requirement to present the test upon departure. Upon arrival in France, they will be required to get a test and will have to stay in isolation for seven days in a hotel on a list drawn up by the French authorities. Find the list here .

Conditions of travel on the French territory

Travel conditions in Metropolitan France

 

Since March 20, 2021, the curfew in force in metropolitan France is now from 7pm to 6am. For any travel during the curfew, you will have to carry one of the relevant travel certificates in order to justify it.

 

Since Saturday 3 April 2021, Metropolitan France has been placed under lockdown measures for at least 4 weeks. In addition to this measure, a curfew will still have to be respected from 7 pm to 6 am.

 

The conditions to travel in out-of-curfew hours are as follows:

  • without time limit and within a radius of 10 km from your residence for physical exercise and walking. You will have to present the certificate of travel restriction waiver or a proof of residence;
  • within the area (“département“) of residence for one of the specific reasons stated in the certificate of travel restriction waiver  ;
  • Inter-regional travels are prohibited, except for compelling reasons or for professional reasons;
  • the prefects have the possibility of prohibiting certain gatherings in the public space.

For any travel between 6am and 7pm, you will have to carry the relevant travel document that can justify it.

Travel conditions in Overseas departments and regions (DROM)

 

As of Sunday, January 31, 2021 travelers from metropolitan France going to overseas territories will have to justify a compelling reason (of a personal or family nature, a health reason related to an emergency or a professional reason that cannot be postponed). They will also need to show evidence of a negative PCR test to the Covid-19 performed within 72 hours before departure.

 

Sanitary measures in overseas departments and regions are differentiated depending on the territory. Also, do not hesitate to check those applying in the territory planned for your trip before departure :

 

Travel conditions to go outside the European area

Any traveler wishing to travel to a country outside the European area will have to justify a compelling reason (of health, family, professional nature that cannot be postponed or in order to return to the country of residence or of origin with no guarantee of a return to France without a compelling reason) except if he or she goes to Australia, South Korea, Israel, Japan, New Zealand, the United Kingdom or Singapore. The travel certificate can be downloaded here.

 

This measure applies to French citizens, from a European Union member country, Andorra, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway, San Marino, Switzerland, the Vatican or any other country.

 

It will also be necessary to inquire about health measures to be respected in the country of destination.

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“Coronavirus: Advice for Foreign Nationals” also on the website of the Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs

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