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

Conditions of travel to France from abroad

 

As of June 9, 2021, the sanitary measures applying to travelers coming to France depend on the sanitary situation of the country of origin and the vaccination of the traveler.

 

The countries of origin of travelers have been classified by the authorities according to their epidemic situation and are subject to differentiated measures. The lists of countries are subject to change depending on the evolution of their epidemic situation.

 

List of countries classified according to their health situation

 

  • “Green” countries: the Covid-19 is not actively circulating.

This list includes: the European Area (European Union, Andorra, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway, San Marino, Switzerland and Vatican), Australia, South Korea, Israel, Japan, Lebanon, New Zealand and Singapore.

  •  Red” countries: the Covid-19 is actively circulating and several variants of concern have been identified.

This list includes: Argentina, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, India, Nepal, Pakistan, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Suriname, Turkey and Uruguay.

  • “Orange” countries: the Covid-19 is circulating actively but moderately without the detection of variants of concern.

This list includes: all non-EU countries except those on the “green” and “red” country lists.

 

For more information on the situation and the new travel conditions, please visit the government website.

Travelers coming from a "green" country

 

  • Vaccinated travelers from the European area, Australia, South Korea, Israel, Japan, Lebanon, New Zealand and Singapore must prove that they have received all prescribed doses of one of the vaccines recognized by the European Medicines Agency in order to be able to travel to France.

 

For their travel, they must carry proof of their vaccination status and a sworn statement attesting that they have no symptoms of Covid-19 infection and that they are not aware of any contact with a confirmed case of Covid-19 in the 14 days prior to travel.

 

The vaccines recognized by the European Medicines Agency are Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson.

Vaccinated travelers must provide proof of having received all prescribed doses of one of these vaccines and of traveling at least :
– 2 weeks after the 2nd injection for dual-injection vaccines (Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca);
– 4 weeks after the injection for vaccines with a single injection (Johnson & Johnson);
– 2 weeks after injection for vaccines in persons with a history of Covid-19 (only 1 injection required).

 

  • Unvaccinated travelers must provide proof of a negative PCR or antigen test for Covid-19 performed within 72 hours prior to departure for France.

 

They are also required to carry a sworn statement attesting that they have no symptoms of Covid-19 infection and that they are not aware of any contact with a confirmed case of Covid-19 in the 14 days prior to travel.

 

The measures applying to vaccinated parents also apply to their accompanying minor children, whether they are vaccinated or not. Nevertheless, minors between 11 and 18 years of age must present a negative test if they are not vaccinated.

 

Find more information in the article “I am currently abroad”

Travelers coming from a "red" country

 

Vaccinated travelers from Argentina, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, India, Nepal, Pakistan, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Suriname, Turkey and Uruguay have to : 

  • show a proof of their vaccination status ; 
  • carry the travel certificate that corresponds to their situation and includes the various compelling reasons applicable to their country of origin;
  • carry a sworn statement attesting that they have no symptoms of Covid-19 infection and that they are not aware of any contact with a confirmed case of Covid-19 in the 14 days prior to travel ;
  • provide a negative PCR or antigen test for Covid-19 carried out within 48 hours of departure;
  • do the mandatory antigen test on arrival (for travelers aged 11 or over);
  • respect a 7 days isolation period after their arrival in France and do a second PCR test after the end of it.

 

The vaccines recognized by the European Medicines Agency are Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson.

Vaccinated travelers must provide proof of having received all prescribed doses of one of these vaccines and of traveling at least :
– 2 weeks after the 2nd injection for dual-injection vaccines (Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca);
– 4 weeks after the injection for vaccines with a single injection (Johnson & Johnson);
– 2 weeks after injection for vaccines in persons with a history of Covid-19 (only 1 injection required).

 

Travellers who have not been vaccinated have to :

  • carry the travel certificate that corresponds to their situation and includes the various compelling reasons applicable to their country of origin;
  • carry a sworn statement attesting that they have no symptoms of Covid-19 infection and that they are not aware of any contact with a confirmed case of Covid-19 in the 14 days prior to travel ;
  • provide a negative PCR or antigenic test for Covid-19 carried out within 48 hours of departure;
  • do the mandatory antigenic test on arrival (for travelers aged 11 or over) ;
  • respect a 10 days isolation period after their arrival in France which will be controlled by the authorities.

 

The measures applying to vaccinated parents also apply to their accompanying minor children, whether they are vaccinated or not. Nevertheless, minors between 11 and 18 years of age must present a negative test if they are not vaccinated.

Find more information in the article “I am currently abroad”

Travelers coming from an "orange" country

 

Vaccinated travelers from countries other than those listed above are not subject to the compelling reasons regime in order to travel to France.

To travel, they must come with :

  • a proof of their vaccination status ;
  • a negative PCR test for Covid-19 performed within 72 hours before departure or a negative antigen test performed within 48 hours before departure ; 
  •  a sworn statement attesting that they have no symptoms of Covid-19 infection and that they are not aware of any contact with a confirmed case of Covid-19 in the 14 days prior to travel.

 

The vaccines recognized by the European Medicines Agency are Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson.

Vaccinated travelers must provide proof of having received all prescribed doses of one of these vaccines and of traveling at least :
– 2 weeks after the 2nd injection for dual-injection vaccines (Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca);
– 4 weeks after the injection for vaccines with a single injection (Johnson & Johnson);
– 2 weeks after injection for vaccines in persons with a history of Covid-19 (only 1 injection required).

 

Travelers who have not been vaccinated have to :

  • carry the travel certificate that corresponds to their situation and includes the different compelling reasons applicable to the country of origin;
  • carry a sworn statement attesting that they have no symptoms of Covid-19 infection and that they are not aware of any contact with a confirmed case of Covid-19 in the 14 days prior to travel ;
  • provide a negative PCR test for Covid-19 carried out within 72 hours of departure or a negative antigen test carried out within 48 hours before departure;
  • accept to do an antigen test upon arrival if asked (for travelers aged 11 or over);
  • respect a 7 days isolation period after their arrival in France.

 

The measures applying to vaccinated parents also apply to their accompanying minor children, whether they are vaccinated or not. Nevertheless, minors between 11 and 18 years of age must present a negative test if they are not vaccinated.

Find more information in the article “I am currently abroad”

Conditions of travel on the French territory

Travel conditions in Metropolitan France

 

As of June 9, 2021, the curfew in force in metropolitan France has been from 11 pm to 6am.

 

For any travel during the curfew, you will have to carry one of the relevant travel certificates in order to 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, Lebanon, New Zealand or Singapore. The travel certificate can be downloaded here.

 

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

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