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Covid and travel bans: what are the rules?

Verified 05 January 2023 - Directorate for Legal and Administrative Information (Prime Minister)

The measures taken under the State of Health Emergency to combat the epidemic linked to Covid-19 had ended on 1to August 2022. However, in response to the health situation in China, some of these measures were reactivated in January 2023 for travellers from that country. Here is the information to know.

The situation varies depending on whether you are travelling from China or another country.

General case

Presentation of the sanitary pass, a PCR test or a reason justifying your trip is no longer required upon your arrival in the national territory (France, Corsica and overseas communities), regardless of your place of origin (French territory or foreigners country).

Warning  

if you tested positive at Covid-19, you should isolate yourself and postpone your trip.

Travel from China

5-31 January 2023, the following rules apply to persons who wish to travel from China to France by air.

First, travellers must submit a declaration of honour before boarding, stating the following:

  • They do not show symptoms of Covid-19 infection
  • To their knowledge, they were not in contact with a confirmed Covid-19 case within 14 days of the flight
  • If they are 11 years old or older, they accept that a Covid test can be carried out upon arrival in France

They undertake to remain accessible for a maximum of 15 days after their arrival in France and, if the result of a Covid test carried out on arrival in France is positive, to respect a medical isolation of 7 days after their arrival in France and, if they are 11 years of age or older, to carry out, at the end of this period, a biological virological screening test allowing the detection of the virus SARS-CoV-2.

Each traveller aged 11 or over must present the result of a negative Covid test of less than 48 hours at boarding.

Finally, travellers 6 years of age or older must wear a single-use surgical mask on board the aircraft, unless they have a medical exemption.

Airlines must refuse boarding to passengers who do not meet these conditions.

If you wish to travel abroad, you should enquire about the health rules adopted for your country of destination. Indeed, some States foreigners may maintain conditions of entry, stay and exit in their territories.

For information on the health rules for entering a country, please refer to the section "Travel tips" on the website of the Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs.

Warning  

If you tested positive at Covid-19, you should isolate yourself and postpone your trip.

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Entry into the national territory (France, Corsica and overseas communities)

Between 1to August 2022 and until 31 January 2023, in the event of the appearance and circulation of a new variant of the Covid-19 that may constitute a serious health threat, you may be asked to do so your arrival in the national territory (France, Corsica and overseas communities), to present the result of a virological screening test that does not result in Covid-19 contamination.

Staff involved in these passenger services will also be affected.

Warning  

This measure if it was to be takenwill be the subject of a decree issued by the Prime Minister.

Overseas Displacement

Between 1to August 2022 and until January 31, 2023, in the event of a new Covid-19 variant appearing and circulating that could pose a serious health threat and saturation of the health system, you may be asked to submit the results of a virological screening test that does not result in Covid-19 contamination, if you wish move to one of the overseas communitiesin the event of the risk of saturation of the health system of one of the communities.

Staff involved in these passenger services will also be affected.

Warning  

This measure if it was to be takenwill be the subject of a decree issued by the Prime Minister.

These measures will apply to persons aged 12 or over.

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