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Europe > France: Covid-19 and Travel


Present Situation

Total cases: 5.2 millions

Active cases: 1.3 millions

Recovered: 3.8 millions

Deaths: 100 404

Vaccination count: 11.4 millions

Current trend: Flattening

Data updated on 2021-04-17

Cumulative coronavirus cases

Summary of the situation

Are the borders open to travellers? Partially Allowed
Is a test required to enter the country?
COVID-19 test is required for travellers without Negative PCR test.
Are quarantine measures imposed? Oui
Is the country in lockdown? Partiellement
Is wearing a mask mandatory?
Masks are required in enclosed public places

Provisions for travellers

Entry to the territory: Partially Allowed
Travellers from Third Countries can only enter France if their journey meets one of the exceptions listed on the exempted international travel certificate and if they have pressing grounds.

The requirement for pressing grounds does not apply if you are travelling from Australia, Israel, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, United Kingdom.

All travellers arriving from countries outside of the EU must present a negative PCR test less than 72 hours old.

Where a PCR test cannot be carried out in the country of departure, you can ask the French Embassy or Consulate for a specific document called “PCR test exemption”. In this case, you will be tested upon arrival and undergo a compulsory 7-day quarantine in an accommodation establishment validated by the public authorities, with another RT-PCR test carried out at the end of the isolation period.

A compulsory 7-day quarantine applies with a PCR test at the end of the isolation.

Travellers are required to show a sworn declaration that they do not have COVID-19 symptoms and have not been in contact with a confirmed COVID-19 case in the 14 days before their travel. They also agree to submit to a PCR test upon arrival in France. Furthermore, they are required to agree to self-isolate for 7 days upon arrival and to submit to a PCR test at the end of the isolation. This requirement does not apply to children under the age of 11.

In addition, travellers are required to present an exempted international movement certificate to travel companies and border control authorities.

Tests: COVID-19 test is required for travellers without Negative PCR test.

Quarantine: Yes
Quarantine for 7 days required for all countries.

Information updated on 2021-04-12.

Action taken in the country

Lockdown: Yes
A nightly curfew is currently in force in Metropolitan France. Between 19:00 and 6:00 you may leave your residence only for the following reasons and with an exemption certificate:

-commuting to and from work, school or training place;
-carrying out essential business trips that cannot be postponed;
-medical appointments that cannot be carried out remotely or postponed;
-essential family reasons, assisting vulnerable persons, persons in a precarious situation or taking care of children;
-persons with a disability and their accompanying person;
-judicial or administrative summons;
-participating in a mission of general interest upon request from an administrative authority;
-air or rail transit related to long-distance journeys;
-walking a pet outdoors within 1km of one’s place of residence and for a short amount of time.

As of 19 March 2021, containment measures are implemented in 16 departments: Aisne, Alpes-Maritimes, Essonne, Eure, Hauts-de-Seine, Nord, Oise, Paris, Pas-de -Calais, Seine-et-Marne, Seine-Saint-Denis, Seine-Maritime, Somme, Val-de-Marne, Val-d'Oise, Yvelines. In these areas, it is possible to leave home within a radius of 10 km around the residency, provided that a certificate is available in case of request. Inter-regional movements are prohibited on the entire territory, except the ones required for compelling and professional reasons. The prefects have the possibility of banning certain gatherings in public spaces.

Mask use
Masks are required in enclosed public places

Gatherings: Banned

Restaurants and bars: Closed

Shops: Open

Tourist attractions: Closed


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