I am currently abroad

In the context of a travel from a country within or outside the European area, travelers wishing to enter the French territory must make sure to respect :

  • The conditions of entry to French territory by coming, if necessary, with the relevant certificate justifying their travel according to the country of origin;
  • The health control measures : tests prior to and/or on arrival, the absence of symptoms, not having been in contact with a confirmed case, the compliance with a period of isolation according to the country of origin;
  • The usual rules governing the right to stay : presentation at the border of a valid passport accompanied by the documents required according to the project of stay (long-stay visa, residence permit …).

Please find below the rules that apply to you depending on where you are travelling to or from.

Currently abroad, am I allowed to enter France? 

I am currently in a country of 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.

 

Travels within the European area ( European Union, Andorra, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway, San Marino, Switzerland and the Vatican ) are currently allowed. Nevertheless, non-essential travels are strongly discouraged.

 

As of April 24, 2021, travelers from Guyana are subject to enhanced measures due to the circulation of several Covid-19 variant. The travel certificate will states the specific compelling reasons that will allow them to come to France.

I am currently in a country outside the European area

 

The external borders of the European area are currently closed, with some exceptions.

 

Any entry into France from a country outside the European Union and other than Australia, South Korea, Israel, Japan, New Zealand, the United Kingdom or Singapore, is subject to the justification of a compelling reason.

 

As of May 16, 2021, travelers from Argentina, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Qatar, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Turkey, United Arab Emirates and Uruguay are subject to enhanced measures due to the circulation of several Covid-19 variants. The relevant travel certificate will contain specific compelling reasons for arrival from these countries.

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

 

The certificates of travel are intended to check the reason of travel for passengers wishing to enter French territory among the reasons restrictively listed. This certificate must be presented to travel companies, before the use of the ticket. Supporting documents will be requested (e.g. proof of address, letter of assignment from the employer, etc.).

It should also be presented to the authorities responsible for internal and external border controls.

 

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Currently abroad, I am authorised to enter France, are there any specific health measures to comply with?

Several measures have been implemented to execute sanitary controls at the borders when entering the French territory from outside the Schengen area.

Travelers coming from a country of 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 within the European area are currently opened. Nevertheless, non-essential travels are strongly discouraged.

 

  • All travelers aged 11 years or older coming from the European area (by road, rail, air or sea) must now have proof of a negative Covid-19 PCR test performed within 72 hours prior to departure.

Only road carriers, cross-border workers and residents next to the borders 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 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.

 

As of April 24, 2021, travellers from Guyana are subject to enhanced sanitary measures due to the circulation of several Covid-19 variant.

Travelers from a country outside the European area

 

Travelers aged 11 years or older

 

  • Travelers aged 11 or older from Australia, Israel, Japan, New Zealand, South Korea, the United Kingdom and Singapore will not have to justify a compelling reason to travel to France.

 

Nevertheless, they will need to bring with them:

       – a proof of a negative 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 virological test can be performed upon arrival in the national territory;

4.that they agree to respect an isolation period of 7 days after their arrival in metropolitan France and to carry out, at the end of this period another PCR test.

 

  • As of May 16, 2021, travelers aged 11 years or older from Argentina, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Qatar, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Turkey, United Arab Emirates and Uruguay are subject to reinforced sanitary measures due to the circulation of several variants of the Covid-19.

 

In order to enter the French territory, they will have to come with:

      – a travel certificate that corresponds to their situation, which includes a proof of a compelling reason;

      – a proof of a negative PCR test to the Covid-19 carried out within 36 hours before departure or a negative PCR test less than 72 hours old with a negative antigen test less than 24 hours old ;

      – 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 an antigenic or biological test is performed upon arrival in the national territory (mandatory);
  4. that they agree to respect an isolation period of 10 days after their arrival in metropolitan France and to carry out, at the end of this period another PCR test. They will have to justify their place of isolation before boarding. Also, there will be time restrictions on leaving the isolation place.

 

  • Travelers aged 11 years or older from other countries requiring a compelling reason will have to come with :

      – a travel certificate that corresponds to their situation, which includes a proof of a compelling reason;

      – a proof of a negative 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 virological test can be performed upon arrival in the national territory;

4.that they agree to respect an isolation period of 7 days after their arrival in metropolitan France and to carry out, at the end of this period another PCR test.

 

Travelers under 11 years old

 

  • As of May 16, 2021, travelers under 11 years old from Argentina, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Qatar, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Turkey, United Arab Emirates and Uruguay are required to show 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 10 days after their arrival in metropolitan France.

 

  • Travelers under 11 years old from a country other than Argentina, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Qatar, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Turkey, United Arab Emirates and Uruguay will be required to show 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 7 days after their arrival in metropolitan France.

 

If you are travelling to overseas territories, do not hesitate to check also the sanitary measures applying in these territories :

Currently abroad, am I affected by a 14-day quarantine when coming to France ?

Travelers coming 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.

 

Travelers from the European Union, Andorra, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway, San Marino, Switzerland, and the Vatican are not subject to any quarantine measures upon entering Metropolitan France.

 

As of April 24, 2021, travellers from Guyana are subject to enhanced sanitary measures due to the circulation of several Covid-19 variant.

 

If you are going to overseas territories, do not hesitate to check also the sanitary measures applying in these territories :

Travelers coming for a country outside the European area

 

  • As of May 16, 2021, travelers from Argentina, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Qatar, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Turkey, United Arab Emirates and Uruguay are subject to enhanced health measures due to the circulation of several variants of Covid-19.

 

Once they arrive in France, they will have to isolate themselves for a period of 10 days. They will have to justify the place of isolation before boarding. This period of isolation will be subject to controls.

Also, time restrictions for leaving the isolation place will be provided.

 

  • Travelers from other countries (including Australia, South Korea, Israel, Japan, New Zealand, United Kingdom and Singapore)

 

Once they arrive in France, they will have to isolate themselves for a period of 7 days.

 

If you are going to overseas territories, do not hesitate to check also the sanitary measures applying in these territories :

Currently abroad, I usually reside in France, how can I reach my place of residence?

I am currently in a country of the European area ( European Union, Andorra, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway, San Marino, Switzerland, the Vatican ), I am currently abroad

 

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.

 

Travels within the European area are currently allowed. However, non-essential travels are strongly discouraged.

 

As of April 24, 2021, travelers from Guyana are subject to enhanced measures due to the circulation of several Covid-19 variant. The travel certificate will states the specific compelling reasons that will allow them to come to France.

 

Each member State of the European Union has taken measures in order to slow down the spread of the virus, including travel restrictions and border controls.

I am currently in a country outside the European area

 

In order to limit the contamination that could result from the international movement of people, France and its European partners have decided to ban the entry of foreign nationals into a territory comprising the European Union and the Schengen area. This provisional ban has been in force since Tuesday 17 March 2020, until further notice. It applies to France as it does to other European Union and Schengen area countries.

 

Thus, the external borders of the European Union are closed with some exceptions.

 

Any entry in France from a country outside the European area, other than Australia, South Korea, Israel, Japan, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and Singapore has to be justified by a compelling reason.

 

As of May 16, 2021, travelers of 11 years old or older from Argentina, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Qatar, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Turkey, United Arab Emirates and Uruguay are subject to enhanced measures due to the circulation of several Covid-19 variants.

You will have to refer to the relevant travel certificate to know the compelling reasons that may apply to your situation.

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

 

This certificate must be presented to travel companies, before the use of the ticket. Supporting documents will be requested (e.g. proof of address, letter of assignment from the employer, etc.).

It should also be presented to the authorities responsible for internal and external border controls.

Helpful tip : If you usually reside outside the European area, the Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs recommends that you avoid as much as possible, international travels, even to get back in France, unless it is required for imperative reasons. The Ministry specifies that, in the case one finds it necessary to return to France, particularly in regard of their health conditions, they must report themselves to the French Embassies and Consulates in their country of residence as soon as possible.

As a resident of a Member State of the Schengen Area, can I travel for professional reasons?

 

Travels within the European area ( European Union, Andorra, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway, San Marino, Switzerland and the Vatican ) are currently allowed. However, non-essential travels are strongly discouraged. Please refer to the sanitary measures to respect for any travel from a country of the Schengen Area to France.

 

Find the relevant sanitary measures on the website of the Ministry of the Interior.

I am holding a visa issued by the Consular authorities in my country of residence, I am allowed to come to France?

 

Any entry into France from a country outside the European area, other than Australia, South Korea, Israel, Japan, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and Singapore has to be justified by a compelling reason.

 

As of May 16, 2021, travelers of 11 years old or older from Argentina, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Qatar, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Turkey, United Arab Emirates and Uruguay are subject to enhanced measures due to the circulation of several Covid-19 variants.

 

You will need to refer to the relevant travel certificate to know the compelling reasons that may apply to your situation.

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

I have made an application for a short-stay visa or a long-stay visa with the French Consulate. How will be processed my visa application ?

 

Due to the Covid-19 health crisis, visas are issued as soon as local health conditions allow it.