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 their nationality and 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 30 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.

 

I am currently in a country outside the European area

 

The external borders remain closed except in exceptional cases.

 

As of January 31, 2021, any entry into France from a country outside the European area is now subject to the justification of a compelling reason whether you are a French citizen, from a country within the European area or a country outside the European area, including the United Kingdom.

 

Depending on your nationality, you will need to refer to the relevant travel certificate to find out what compelling reasons may apply to your situation. 

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

 

Thus, any traveler authorized to enter French territory must be in possession of one of these certificates, available here. They 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 30 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.

 

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 from a country outside the European area

 

Travelers aged 11 years or older authorized to come to metropolitan France will have to bring :

  • a certificate that corresponds to their situation, which includes a proof of one of the compelling reasons provided, whether they are French, citizens of a European country or from any other country.
  • a proof of a negative RT-PCR test to the Covid-19 carried out within 72 hours before departure;
  •  a sworn statement attesting:
  1. 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. they accept that a test for the detection of the SARS-CoV-2 can be performed upon arrival in the national territory;
  4. 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 under the age of 11 years 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.

 

For any travel from the United Kingdom, the PCR test will have to be carried out on British territory. Antigenic tests are no longer accepted.

 

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

 

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 .

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 30 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.

 

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

 

Travelers aged 11 years or older authorized to come to metropolitan France will have to bring :

  • a certificate that corresponds to their situation, which includes a proof of one of the compelling reasons provided, whether they are French, citizens of a European country or from any other country.
  •  a proof of a negative RT-PCR test to the Covid-19 carried out within 72 hours before departure;
  •  a sworn statement attesting:
  1. 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. they accept that a test for the detection of the SARS-CoV-2 can be performed upon arrival in the national territory;
  4. 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 under the age of 11 years 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.

 

For any travel from the United Kingdom, the PCR test will have to be carried out on British territory. Antigenic tests are no longer accepted.

 

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

 

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 .

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

French citizen or of 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 30 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 January 31, 2021, any entry into France from a country outside the European area is now subject to the justification of a compelling reason whether you are a French citizen, from a country within the European area or a country outside the European area, including the United Kingdom.

 

As a citizen of France or a country of the European Union, Andorra, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway, San Marino, Switzerland or the Vatican, you will have to justify one of the following compelling reasons: 

  • Health-related compelling reason considered to be an emergency ;
  • Compelling family reason which is a case of force majeure ;
  • Compelling professional reason that cannot be postponed ;
  • Return to the main residence in France (valid only if departure from France was prior to 31 January 2021 or was justified by a compelling reason);
  • Transit in the international zone for less than 24 hours

Find the relevant travel certificate 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.

 

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.

 

For those currently outside the Schengen area, do not hesitate to reach consular authorities.

Citizen of 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.

 

Travelers arriving from a country of the European Area but who within 30 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 January 31, 2021, any entry into France from a country outside the European area is now subject to the justification of a compelling reason whether you are a French citizen, from a country within the European area or a country outside the European area, including the United Kingdom.

 

You will have to refer to the relevant travel certificate for citizens of a country outside the European area to find out what compelling reasons may apply to your situation. 

Find the relevant travel certificate 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.

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

 

As of January 31, 2021, any entry into France from a country outside the European area is now subject to the justification of a compelling reason whether you are a French citizen, from a country within the European area or a country outside the European area, including the United Kingdom.

 

Depending on your nationality, you will need to refer to the relevant travel certificate to find out what compelling reasons may apply to your situation. 

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

 

Holders of a long-stay visa who have not previously resided in France will in principle be refused entry, whether they are holders of ordinary or diplomatic passports.

However, following individuals can now enter France without having previously their main residence in France in particular :

  • Students moving to France for the second semester of the academic year as part of a higher education institution ;
  • Researchers moving to France at the invitation of a research laboratory, for research activities imperatively requiring their physical presence ;
  • Third country nationals with a « Passeport Talent»  long-stay visa (VLS).

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.