Coronavirus: restrictions on entering France [fr]

As part of the implementation of the emergency health situation in France, restrictions have been placed on entering Metropolitan France and its territorial communities.


Updated on July 29th, 3:40PM

If you have symptoms of COVID-19 on entering France, you will be required to carry out compulsory 14-day quarantine.

Can I enter Metropolitan France?

From the European space

There are no restrictions for travel to Metropolitan France from the European space (European Union Member States, United Kingdom, Andorra, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway, San Marino, Switzerland and the Vatican).

However, due to reciprocity, if you are coming from the United Kingdom, no restrictions are in place but you will be asked to carry out a 14-day voluntary quarantine.

From a third country

The external borders of the European space remain closed. Therefore, travel to France from a third country is not possible except for travelers in one of the following situations:

  • French citizens, and their spouses and children;
  • European Union citizens and citizens of Andorra, the United Kingdom, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway, San Marino, Switzerland and the Vatican, with their main residence in France or travelling to the country in which they are a citizen or resident by transiting through France, as well as their partner and children;
  • Nationals of a third country with a valid European or French residence permit or long-stay visa with their main residence in France or travelling to their residence in another European Union or equivalent country by transiting through France;
  • Residents of a third country, in transit for less than 24 in an international zone to reach their country of origin and having a ticket for that country;
  • Personnel of diplomatic and consular missions, as well as international organizations headquartered or having an office in France, and their partners and children;
  • Foreign health professionals helping to fight COVID-19;
  • Foreign crews and personnel operating passenger and cargo flights, or travelling as passengers to reach their departure base;
  • Foreign nationals carrying out international goods transport;
  • Foreign navy personnel carrying out international goods transport or working on fishing boats.

To return to metropolitan France, you must fill out and carry with you two documents:

  • the exempted international movement certificate for metropolitan France which can be downloaded on the Ministry of the Interior’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).
  • A certificate that you do not have COVID-19 symptoms (included in the same document).

Documents authorizing a stay in France which would have expired on 16 March 2020 and 15 June 2020 have been extended for six months.

COVID testing and quarantine

From July 18th

In application of the decree n°2020-860 of 10 July 2020 prescribing the general measures necessary to deal with the Covid-19 epidemic, supplemented by the order of the Ministry of Health of 10 July 2020 identifying the circulation areas of the SARS-CoV-2 virus infection, travelers from the United States who are able to present, on arrival on French territory, a negative PCR test carried out less than 72 hours before the flight are exempt from the application of a quarantine measure.

In the absence of such a test (which is not an obligation), travelers may be required to observe a quarantine of 14 days. For persons who do not show symptoms of infection, this quarantine will take place, at the person’s choice, at his or her home or in a suitable accommodation.

From August 1st

In accordance with Decree no. 2020-911 of July 27, 2020, for all arrivals in France from Saturday, August 1, travelers aged 11 or older from the United States must provide the results of a virologic screening test taken less than 72 hours before departure indicating a negative result for COVID-19.

If they are not able to provide evidence of this test, boarding will be denied.

Passengers will not be required to undertake any other health checks on arrival.

A list of available test sites in the United States, based on your place of residence, can be found on our website. However, we recommend making sure that results will be available in time before taking a test.

It is also important to note that, in the context of the COVID-19 epidemic, the external borders of the European Union and the Schengen Area have been closed to travelers from the United States since March 17 and that, in this context, only those persons who fall within one of the categories mentioned in the exempted international movement certificate for travel from abroad to mainland France are authorized to enter France. This information will be updated regularly based on further clarifications over the coming days.

Get tested

  • Coronavirus test criteria and availability are changing daily.
  • Check your state guidelines
  • Call the coronavirus testing site before you go to learn about testing criteria, availability and hours.

Find a testing site near you in Connecticut, New Jersey, New York and Bermuda.

Can I enter French overseas territories?

Health checks upon entry into the French overseas territories are adapted for each territory.

For further information on exemptions and details for applying these measures, see the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs website.

If you have questions on how to apply these measures when entering or staying in France, you can freephone: +33 800 130 000.

Last modified on 29/07/2020

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