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France Remains Open for Tourism with New Travel Restrictions

France has banned flights to and from non-EU countries. Allowed visitors need to bring a negative COVID-19 test with them, whether they come by air, land or sea.

The government has also decided to tighten some restrictions by closing malls and enforcing nightly curfews.

France Travel Restrictions – Latest Updates

January 31- France bans travel from non-EU countries

The travel ban comes as a response to the new strains of the virus circulating worldwide. 

The U.K. is not included in the list of allowed countries given its departure from the EU, however they make an exception for the transport of goods between the two countries.

France - travel restrictions

December 3

From November 28 to December 15, there is an important change on the lockdown restrictions. The 1 km – 1 hour limit was increased to 20 km – 3 hours, so people can go for a walk, play sports, or take care of personal matters.

The derogatory certificate system for urgent journeys is still needed when nationals and visitors need to go farther than 20km for urgent things such as going to school, going to the doctor or work.

November

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

October 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?

Citizens and residents from the EU are allowed entry for any reason, including tourism.

  • 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.

Are there any specific rules for French Overseas Territories?

Yes. There are several. Travelers 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? 

For individuals needing to travel to France but whose passport belongs to one of the restricted countries, there is the possibility to 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 the France and Spain border open?

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

Are there additional requirements for foreign nationals coming from a restricted country?

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.
  3. Proof of a negative  COVID-19 test no older than 72 hours.

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

France travel restrictions

How is France handling this new Coronavirus wave?

As of January 31, France is struggling to contain the new wave of the Coronavirus. At the moment, the country has reported 3,079, 545 confirmed COVID cases and 74,405 deaths.

Is it safe to visit France now?

France has been placed as a “Level 4: Very High Level of COVID-19” by the CDC.gov due to its high infectious rate and it is not safe to visit at the moment.

What can you do in France during a pandemic? 

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

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