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France Remains Open for Tourism – Current Restrictions [Updated]

The French government has decided to temporarily close its borders to non-European/Schengen Area countries due to a spike in COVID-19 cases. New rules also apply for French overseas territories until they manage to keep the second wave under control.

Keep reading to see if your country is among the ones that are permitted entry, and the steps you need to follow to access to France.

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Update: Nov

Due to a severe spike in COVID-19 cases, France and most of the other European countries are only allowing entry other EU countries. Visitors without residency or citizenship in a EU state or the Schengen area must bring a valid justification

Update: OCT 3

These zones are currently considered as high alert!

  • Bordeaux,
  • Lyon,
  • Nice,
  • Lille,
  • Toulouse,
  • Saint-Etienne,
  • Rennes,
  • Rouen,
  • Grenoble,
  • Montpellier.

These zones are considered as critical!

  • Marseille,
  • Guadeloupe,
  • Paris and the departments of Hauts-de-Seine,
  • Seine-Saint-Denis,
  • Val-de-Marne.

For information on what exactly is allowed and if bars or restaurants are open! Check detailed info here.

Which countries are allowed to enter France for tourism without quarantine or COVID-19 test?

You are welcome to visit France for tourism or any other reason as long as you come from one of these countries.

  • Andorra
  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Bulgaria
  • Croatia
  • Republic of Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Latvia
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Malta
  • Monaco
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Romania
  • San Marino
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland

Is your country not on the list above? 

Unfortunately, foreign nationals from other countries can only be admitted to France if their travel is essential. Foreigners who have been granted a permanent or temporary residence in France are the exception. (for more information visit the website of the French Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs.

Those travelers coming from other countries are encouraged to have a negative PCR test before they arrive in France.

Are the any specific rules for French Overseas Territories?

Yes. There are several. Travellers coming from French Guiana, French Polynesia, Mayotte, New Caledonia, the Wallis and Futuna islands are only allowed for compelling family or professional reasons.

Anyone older than 11 years old must bring a negative PCR test result taken less than 72 hours before boarding.

How can you assess if your travel is essential? 

If you need to travel but your passport belongs to one of the restricted countries, you could still be admitted under one of these categories.

  • Foreign students with a long-stay visa; if you instead possess a short-stay visa or come from a country exempted from visas and plan to take a short course (90 days tops) you can enter only after showing proof of accommodation.
  • Academics who have been invited by -or work for- a higher education institution.
  • Crew members engaged in transporting goods or people, or manning fishing vessels.
  • Family reunification for children, spouse, or parents of a French citizen.
  • Essential Workers such as diplomats and healthcare professionals.

Is France and Spain border open?

Yes, border between France and Spain is fully open without any travel restrictions or requirements.

As a foreign national coming from a restricted country what should I expect once I land?

Check for restrictions and additional requirements here.

All travelers should bring these documents with them!

Download the following documents. Fill them out and bring them with you.

  1. International travel certificate to mainland France (link) or an exceptional travel certificate for overseas territories (link)  
  2. A sworn statement that you do not have COVID-19 symptoms.

Are there additional restrictions to travel from or to overseas territories?

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How is France handling the second Coronavirus wave?

UPDATE: November 19

France is experiencing a very strong second wave of the Coronavirus. At the moment, the country has reported 2,065,138 confirmed COVID cases, 145,391 recoveries and 46,698 deaths.

Jean Castex, France’s Prime Minister, stated that the virus spread is undeniably worsening as authorities recorded more than 25,000 cases per day over the last few days. Despite this quick increase, France has decided to reduce the self-isolation period for COVID-19 positive patients from 14 down to 7 days because “this is when the contagion is riskier.”

Is it safe to visit France now?

Due to the high infectious rate in the 2nd wave of COVID, France is not safe to visit at the moment. CDC doesn’t recommend any non-essential travel to France. (Source: CDC.gov)

What can you do in France during a pandemic? 

  • Cafes, restaurants, and bars are open. 
  • Museums and tourist sites are mostly open. 
  • Shops and public transport are working with restrictions. 
  • Schools and universities are open with a mix of distance and on-site teaching.