Coming to France? Your Covid-19 questions answered

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Last updated on January 13, 2022

This page is for foreigners seeking entry to France.
If you are already on French territory and wish to leave,
Please visit the Interior Ministry’s English-language page
IMPORTANT
Any person aged 12 and over entering French territory must present a negative PCR or antigen test less than 24 or 48 hours old, depending on the country of origin.

For unvaccinated minors under 12 years, the vaccine status of their parents or accompanying guardians shall apply.

EXCEPTIONS
> Fully vaccinated Individuals arriving from a Member State of the European Union, Andorra, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway, San Marino, the Holy See or Switzerland.

Special rules apply to travellers from the United Kingdom. See below or visit the Interior Ministry’s website.

I am a foreign national living abroad. Can I travel to France?

The entry conditions to French territory are defined by the classification of departure countries (countries and territories on ’green’, ’orange’, and ’red’ lists) indicated below.

’Green’ countries/territories: countries/territories in which no active circulation of the virus is observed and no variants of concern are identified. These are the European countries plus Argentina, Australia, Bahrain, Hong Kong, Japan, Kuwait, New Zealand, Qatar, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, South Korea, Taiwan, United Arab Emirates, Uruguay and Vanuatu.
’Orange’ countries/territories: countries/territories where there is active circulation of the virus in controlled proportions. These are all countries/territories not included in the ’green’ and ’red’ lists.
’Red’ countries/territories: countries/territories where active virus circulation is observed with the presence of variants of concern. These are: Afghanistan, Belarus, Botswana, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Eswatini, Georgia, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius*, Moldova, Montenegro, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Pakistan, Russia, South Africa, Suriname, Tanzania, Turkey, Ukraine, United States, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

As announced by the Prime Minister’s office, the following rules apply to travel between the United Kingdom and France from 14 January 2022:

  • Upon departure, all travellers, whether vaccinated or not, must present proof of a negative PCR or antigen test taken within 24 hours.
  • For vaccinated travellers, a compelling reason for travel will no longer be required to enter France, nor will it be necessary to self-isolate upon arrival. Vaccinated travellers will therefore no longer be required to complete the online “éOS-Passager” form. Screening may take place upon arrival. Travellers who test positive will be isolated.
  • Prior to departure, non-vaccinated travellers arriving from the United Kingdom are still required to complete the online “éOS-Passager Form”on which they must include the address where they will be staying in France. Upon arrival in France, they will be strictly required to quarantine at that address for 10 days; this quarantine will be enforced by the police.

If you have travelled through a third country during your return trip to France, but remained in the airport international zone, the rules for the departure country apply.

Morocco suspended regular flights to and from France as of Sunday, 28 November 2021.

Flights between Reunion Island and Mauritius are subject to special restrictions.

I am travelling to France. Do I have to fill any forms before boarding?

You may be asked to fill two forms before boarding for France ¬–
• The EU-PLF form is for travellers arriving on the territory of a European Union Member State. While rules to fill the form may vary between EU countries, it is compulsory for travellers who wish to enter France.
• The Eos electronic form is for travellers coming from ‘orange’ or ‘red’ countries and territories.

What is a COVID certificate?

A COVID certificate proves the vaccination status, negative test result (less than 24h) or recovery of its holder (from 11 days to 6 months). To enter French territory, The COVID certificate is mandatory for everyone over the age of 12 years and two months.

Visit this page for information concerning the Covid certificate for non-European visitors and students.

In the European Union, the “EU Digital Covid Certificate” has been implemented in all Member States.

It also concerns those vaccinated in Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Faroe Islands, Georgia, Holy See, Iceland, Israel, Lebanon, Liechtenstein, Moldova, Monaco, Morocco, New Zealand, North Macedonia, Norway, Panama, San Marino, Serbia, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine and the United Kingdom.

A certificate of recovery between 11 days and 6 months old may also serve as a COVID certificate. This document is issued to people who have contracted COVID-19, upon presentation of a positive RT-PCR or antigen test.

STAYING SAFE IN FRANCE:
Upon arrival in France, travellers should download the application TousAntiCovid, continue to strictly respect protective measures and physical distancing, wear a face mask and be vigilant and act responsibly if symptoms appear or if they are infected.

TAP/CLICK HERE FOR PROTECTIVE MEASURES IN PLACE IN FRANCE

Exceptions for imperious reasons. Do I qualify ?

In certain cases, you may be exempt from some of the rules for entering France if your reasons for visiting France are considered as ’imperious reasons’.

Important
Tourism and holidays abroad are not considered imperious reasons for travel.


If your travel falls within one of the imperious reasons announced by the French government, a sworn declaration can be downloaded on the Ministry of the Interior’s website (in English). It must be presented upon boarding to the transport company and accompanied by the appropriate supporting documents. Examples of imperious reasons for travel can be found on the sworn declaration.

SPECIFIC RULES APPLY TO ROAD HAULIERS
see the Ministry of the Interior’s website.

Where required, imperious reasons for travel do not concern partners of French citizens, their children, or European citizens and equivalent, their partners (spouses, civil partners or cohabiters), or their children, whose main residence is in mainland France or who are transiting through France to their main residence in a European Union country or equivalent, or the country of their nationality.

Those travelling to France on imperious reasons, from countries where the virological screening test (RT-PCR) cannot be done before departure, may request an exemption from presenting this test at departure (imperious reasons for travel must be proven), and must submit to a test upon arrival in France. They must isolate for 7 days.

Travelling to France: COVID-19 restrictions

Compulsory documentation
You must present a sworn declaration to border/transport officials stating that you have no symptoms of COVID-19 infection and have not, to your knowledge, been in contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 in the 14 days prior to the journey. The declaration also mentions your agreement to be tested on arrival by personnel in France.

Download the declaration template here

IMPORTANT
Irrespective of their country of departure, travellers presenting symptoms of COVID-19 infection upon arrival in French territory will be required to quarantine, or, if necessary, will be placed and held in isolation by the competent Prefect for the area.

Can civil partners (who have signed a PACS) and cohabiters be issued a visa?

Exceptionally, civil partners and cohabiters will be considered as partners, on the condition that their usual residence is in the same household as the European citizen or foreign national holding a residence permit.

Partners of citizens of the European Union, the United Kingdom, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Andorra, Monaco and Switzerland, their spouses and children can enter France, as well as citizens of the Holy See and San Marino, their spouses and children, may be granted a visa.

Consulates will determine the visa category that is most relevant to each individual situation.

International students and researchers: conditions for entering France

Depending on your country of departure and your vaccination status, the procedures that apply to travel to France are different. We recommend you complete a full vaccination cycle before your departure to facilitate your arrival and daily life in France.


Students and researchers from Category 1 (“green” list) countries and territories
do not need to have proof of pressing grounds to travel to France.

For students and researchers from Category 2 (“orange” list) and Category 3 (“red” list) countries and territories, the following reasons are recognized as pressing grounds for travel:

  • students enrolled in French as a foreign language courses prior to enrolment in higher education;
  • students that have passed the oral tests of entrance exams to French higher education institutions;
  • students enrolled in a higher education establishment for the year 2021-2022 (including French as a foreign language courses);
  • Researchers and teaching staff (including language assistants) moving to France at the invitation of a research laboratory or higher education institution, for research or teaching activities absolutely requiring their physical presence, as well as their partners (spouses, civil partners, or cohabiters, subject to evidence of cohabitation) and children.
For more information, visit the Campus France website. You may also find information from the French Consulate or Campus France office in your place of residence.

Please note that each territory may apply separate measures via a prefectoral order. For more details on the COVID-19 restrictions in place in each territory, please consult the website of the corresponding prefecture. In addition, to tackle the new wave of the pandemic, further measures are in force as of 26 November 2021.

I am a French national and I live abroad. Can I travel to France?

All French nationals and their partners and children can enter France, subject to compliance with current public health rules.

Are there specific measures for overseas France and Corsica?

Travel to and from all overseas territories is only possible if you have pressing grounds for travel, with the exception of those who are fully vaccinated, and on condition they have negative PCR or antigen test results.

For more information on public health rules applicable to each territory, visit the website of the competent Prefecture:

Travel to and from Corsica is subject to specific measures, which can be consulted on the website of the Regional Prefecture.

You can also visit the dedicated website on the Government website: https://www.gouvernement.fr/info-coronavirus/outre-mer (in French)