Traveling in France during COVID-19

While the lock down has been almost entirely lifted in most of France, the COVID-19 remains present. It is therefore very important that everyone remains alert and respects both the barrier measures and the remaining restrictions. As travel out France is not subject to any restriction from the French government, this article would introduce you about the rules and regulation if you travel to France during COVID-19. And if you are going to travel out France, make sure you check the restrictions that your destination sets. Don’t hesitate to contact us for more information or to help you handle your travel needs by email ( or by phone (New York : +1 212 243 3500, Paris : + 33 1 44 06 08 70)

COVID-19 in France

France has confirmed cases of COVID-19 throughout the country. Between January 24, 2020 and July 27,2020, there have been more than 180,500 confirmed cases in France. There have been more than 30,000 confirmed deaths in hospitals and nursing homes. The French Government differentiates color-coded geographic regions based on COVID-19 incidence. All of mainland France, including Paris, is in the green zone where most restrictions have been lifted. And since June 15, 2020, The French Government has announced the next phase of de-confinement. Cafes, bars, and restaurants are fully open, as are schools and public transportation. Everyone is expected to practice social distancing, use cloth face covering, and avoid large gatherings that may spread the virus.

Travel to France

Who can travel to France and How

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 Marina, Switzerland, Vatican) and the following countries: Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay.

Conditions to Travel to France

Travelers coming from other countries need to have a negative PCR test in the last 72 hours. For those that do not do this, will be presented with information upon their arrival in France about carrying out a two-week quarantine at a location of their choice. They will be informed of the possibilities for carrying out a test at the airport and in France.

Foreigners with a valid residence permit, including a long-stay visa valid as a residence permit, as well as their partner and children, can enter France. In limited cases (particularly the transport of goods), foreigners with a short-term visa may be authorized to enter France. Those whose permit has been lost or stolen can request a return visa from the competent diplomatic or consular post. Documents authorizing a stay in France which would have expired on 16 March 2020 and 15 June 2020 have been extended for six months.

To enter France, you must fill out and carry with you two documents:

  • The exempted 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 declaration that you do not have COVID-19 symptoms (included in the same document)

(All these documents can be downloaded from the Ministry of the Interior’s website).

Upon arrival

The following travelers may be asked to quarantine or remain in isolation upon arrival:

  • Travelers with symptoms of COVID-19 upon arrival into France.
  • Travelers who upon arrival, cannot show the result of a virology test carried out less than 72 hours before flying which proves that the traveler does not have COVID-19.
  • Travelers arriving from Guadeloupe, French Guiana, Martinique, La Réunion, Mayotte, Saint-Barthélemy, Saint Martin, Saint Pierre and Miquelon, Wallis and Futuna Islands, French Polynesia, New Caledonia, the French Southern and Antarctic Territories and Clipperton. Travelers are asked to show civic responsibility and to follow the health precautions recommended by the authorities.

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

  • Travelers to Guadeloupe, Martinique, La Réunion, Saint-Barthélemy, Saint Martin and Saint-Pierre and Miquelon will be required to carry out an adapted quarantine, including an RT-PCR test on the 7th day if they returned a negative PT-PCR test in the 48-72 hours after their flight. Travellers who did not undergo a RT-PCR test upon departure will be subject to strict quarantine measures.
  • In Guyane and Mayotte, entry into the territory will remain for emergency family or work reasons, given that the virus is still actively circulating in these territories. Travellers arriving in these territories will remain subject to a strict 14-day quarantine.


Traveling in France

If you are going to travel within metropolitan France, you may travel freely. Please travel responsibly and consider whether your trip is necessary. You must always wear a mask on public transport, on public closed spaces and even on outdoor public areas in some cities.

Leaving France

U.S. citizens may depart France to return to the United States at any time. Anyone transiting through France to reach the United States must have an attestation. (French version here, and English version here). You do not need an endorsement from the Embassy for this attestation. 

Only direct transit to reach your country of residence is permitted. Transiting passengers may not leave the international zone and will not be admitted to France. Luggage must be checked through to your destination. You will not be permitted to leave the international zone to collect and recheck baggage. The duration of transit must be less than 24 hours. As of June 15, French borders with other European Union member states are open. Check the European Union’s website for more information regarding travel within the Europe Union.

If you need more information or to help you handle your travel needs, Frenchway is ready to assist you, don’t hesitate to contact us by email ( or by phone (New York : +1 212 243 3500, Paris : + 33 1 44 06 08 70).

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