COVID-19: Can I enter France?

Public health measures are applicable to all travellers leaving or entering France. Moreover, restrictions on access to French territory are in place, depending on travellers’ country of departure.

The conditions for entering France will depend on your country of departure and your vaccination status.

Only vaccines authorized by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) will be accepted, i.e. Pfizer (Comirnaty), Moderna, AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria) and Johnson & Johnson (Janssen).

A list of countries of departure has been drawn up on the basis of the health indicators. The lists of countries can be altered based on changes in the epidemic situation.

Specific rules apply to hauliers

In all cases, the usual travel restrictions apply (visas, duration of stay, etc.).

Whatever your place of departure, if you show symptoms of COVID-19 upon arrival in France, you will be quarantined or placed and kept in isolation by the prefect.

Other rules apply to travel to and from French overseas territories.

More information on the website of the French Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs.

If you arrive from a “green” country/territory

Countries/territories on the “green” list: countries in the European space (European Union, Andorra, the Holy See, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway, San Marino and Switzerland), and Albania, Australia, Bosnia, Canada, Hong Kong, Israel, Japan, Kosovo, Lebanon, Montenegro, New Zealand, North Macedonia, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, the United States and Vanuatu.

If you are vaccinated

You are not subject to any health measures.

If you are not vaccinated

Upon boarding, each traveller aged 11 years or older must present a negative PCR or antigenic test taken less than 72 hours before the flight.

This will not apply to:

  • trips by residents of cross-border areas (border within a 30 km radius of your residence, and for a duration of less than 24 hours).
  • work-related trips, the urgent or frequent nature of which makes them incompatible with these tests;
  • trips by hauliers carrying out their work.

To avail of the exemptions above, you must have a document proving the reasons for your trip.

If you arrive from an “orange” country/territory

Countries/territories on the “orange” list: every country/territory in the world, except those on the green list and red list.

If you are vaccinated

Upon boarding, each traveller aged 11 years or older must present a negative PCR test taken less than 72 hours before the flight or a negative antigenic test taken less than 48 hours before the flight.

The measures regarding pressing grounds for travel and quarantine which are applicable to vaccinated adults also apply to any minors accompanying them, whether they are vaccinated or not.

If you are not vaccinated

  • you can only travel to France is you have pressing grounds for travel. The list of pressing grounds is set out in the certificate of international travel drawn up by the Ministry of the Interior.
  • upon boarding, each traveller aged 11 years or older must present a negative PCR test taken less than 72 hours before the flight or a negative antigenic test taken less than 48 hours before the flight.
  • you may be subject to a random test when you arrive in France.
  • you must pledge to self-isolate for 7 days.

If you arrive from a “red” country/territory

Countries/territories on the “red” list: Afghanistan, Argentina, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Paraguay, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Suriname and Uruguay; and from 25 June 2021, Namibia, Russia and Seychelles.

If you are vaccinated

  • you can only travel to France is you have pressing grounds for travel. The list of pressing grounds is set out in the certificate of international travel drawn up by the Ministry of the Interior.
  • upon boarding, each traveller aged 11 years or older must present a negative PCR or antigenic test taken less than 48 hours before the flight.
  • you will be tested when you arrive in France.
  • you must pledge to self-isolate for 7 days.

If you are not vaccinated

  • you can only travel to France if you have pressing grounds for travel. The list of pressing grounds is set out in the certificate of international travel drawn up by the Ministry of the Interior.
  • upon boarding, each traveller aged 11 years or older must present a negative PCR or antigenic test taken less than 48 hours before the flight.
  • you will be tested when you arrive in France.
  • you will be subject to a mandatory 10-day quarantine supervised by security forces.

Travel documents

Depending on your circumstances, you must complete and carry some of the following documents in order to board:

  • proof of vaccination. It will only be valid if it proves that you are fully vaccinated, i.e.:
    • Two weeks after the second shot for two-shot vaccines (Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca);
    • Four weeks after the shot for one-shot vaccines (Johnson & Johnson);
    • Two weeks after the shot for vaccines administered to people who have already had COVID-19 (only one dose is necessary).
  • (for all travellers except vaccinated travellers arriving from a “green” country) a sword declaration, which you can download from the Interior Ministry’s website stating that
    • you have no symptoms of COVID-19 infection;
    • to your knowledge, you have not been in contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 in the 14 days prior to your journey;
    • (if you are aged 11 years or older) you agree to submit to a virological RT-PCR test for SARS-CoV-2 upon arrival in France;
    • (where applicable) you pledge to self-isolate for
    • (for non-vaccinated travellers arriving from a “red” country) you are aware that you will have to quarantine for 10 days upon arrival in France.
  • (For travellers arriving from “red” countries, or if they are not vaccinated, “orange” countries), a certificate of international travel for Metropolitan France, which you can download from the Interior Ministry’s website. 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);
  • (for travellers required to self-isolate or quarantine) proof of location of self-isolation, and where appropriate, access details for inspectors to carry out checks.

If you fail to produce these documents, you will be denied boarding and will have to leave the boarding area.

Dernière modification : 28/06/2021

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