Last updated on January 13, 2022
If you are already on French territory and wish to leave,
Please visit the Interior Ministry’s English-language page
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.
> Fully vaccinated Individuals arriving from a Member State of the European Union, Andorra, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway, San Marino, the Holy See or Switzerland.
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.
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.
- For non-vaccinated travellers, travel to or from the United Kingdom will only be permitted if proof of a compelling reason for travel to “red list countries” is presented.
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
In certain cases, you may be exempt from some of the rules for entering France if your reasons for visiting France are considered as ’compelling reasons’.
Tourism and holidays abroad are not considered compelling reasons for travel.
List of compelling reasons for travel to/from ’orange’ countries.
List of compelling reasons for travel to/from the United Kingdom.
List of compelling reasons for travel to/from ’red’ countries.
If your travel falls within one of the compelling 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.
see the Ministry of the Interior’s website.
Where required, compelling 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 compelling 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 (compelling reasons for travel must be proven), and must submit to a test upon arrival in France. They must isolate for 7 days.
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.
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.
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 compelling reasons 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 compelling reasons 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.
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.
For more information on public health rules applicable to each territory, visit the website of the competent Prefecture:
You can also visit the dedicated website on the Government website: https://www.gouvernement.fr/info-coronavirus/outre-mer (in French)