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Covid and travel bans: what are the rules?

Verified 13 septembre 2021 - Legal and Administrative Information Directorate (Prime Minister)

Health emergency

The state of health emergency is in force in French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Martinique, New Caledonia, French Polynesia, Reunion, Saint-Barthélemy and Saint-Martin.

You can consult territory , specific measures relating to Covid-19 in overseas territories.

From 9 June 2021, travel restrictions adopted in the context of the coronavirus health crisis are relaxed for those who are fully vaccinated or immunised. Countries are classified as green, yellow or red according to the severity of the health situation, and epidemic control measures are adapted to this classification. Specific rules apply for the United Kingdom.

You can view foreigner trip information and the colour zone classification map by clicking link .

Travel in France

The rules are different depending on whether the point of departure and/or arrival is on the continent, in Corsica, or overseas.

There are no travel restrictions.

Can we go to Corsica?

You will find information about travelling from the mainland to Corsica on the Regional Health Agency website .

Can we travel from Corsica to the mainland?

Travel from Corsica to the mainland is not restricted.

Can we leave metropolitan France and go overseas?

General case

You will find information on how to travel from mainland France to overseas department of overseas website .

Guadeloupe

You can view the applicable rules locally at:

Information Coronavirus Guadeloupe

Ministry for Overseas

Guyana

You can view the applicable rules locally at:

Martinique

You can view the applicable rules locally at:

Mayotte

You can view the applicable rules locally at:

New Caledonia

You can consult the rules applicable in New Caledonia on the following website:

Information Coronavirus New Caledonia

Ministry for Overseas

French Polynesia

You can consult the rules applicable in French Polynesia on the following website:

Information Coronavirus French Polynesia

Ministry for Overseas

Meeting

You can view the applicable rules locally at:

Saint-Barthélémy and Saint-Martin

You can consult the rules applicable to Saint-Barthélémy and Saint-Martin on the following site:

Information Coronavirus Saint-Barthélémy and Saint-Martin

Ministry for Overseas

Saint Pierre and Miquelon

You can consult the rules applicable to Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon on on the following website:

Information Coronavirus Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon

Ministry for Overseas

Wallis and Futuna

You can view the applicable metrics locally at:

Information Coronavirus Wallis-et-Futuna

Ministry for Overseas

Can we leave the overseas territories to go to mainland France?

General case

You will find information about travelling from overseas to mainland France on department of overseas website .

Guadeloupe

You can consult the rules applicable in Guadeloupe on the following website:

Information Coronavirus Guadeloupe

Ministry for Overseas

Guyana

  • No symptoms of Covid-19
  • No contact with confirmed covid-19 within 14 days prior to travel
  • Agreement to conduct a PCR test in France if necessary

Since April 24, 2021, travellers from Guyana must submit to a 10-day quarantine upon arrival in mainland France. Failure to do so shall be punishable by a fine of €1000. In case of non-payment within 45 days, the amount of the fine shall be increased to €1300.

You can consult all the rules applicable in Guyana on the following website:

Martinique

You can consult the rules applicable in Martinique on the following website:

Mayotte

You can consult the rules applicable to Mayotte on the following website:

New Caledonia

You can consult the rules applicable in New Caledonia on the following website:

Information Coronavirus New Caledonia

Ministry for Overseas

French Polynesia

You can consult the rules applicable in French Polynesia on the following website:

Information Coronavirus French Polynesia

Ministry for Overseas

Meeting

You can consult the rules applicable to La Réunion at the following site:

Saint-Barthélémy and Saint-Martin

You can consult the rules applicable to Saint-Barthélémy and Saint-Martin on the following site:

Information Coronavirus Saint-Barthélémy and Saint-Martin

Ministry for Overseas

Saint Pierre and Miquelon

You can consult the rules applicable to Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon on on the following website:

Information Coronavirus Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon

Ministry for Overseas

Wallis and Futuna

You can view the applicable metrics locally at:

Information Coronavirus Wallis-et-Futuna

Ministry for Overseas

Can we travel overseas?

You will find information about travelling from one overseas territory to another on the department of overseas website .

Travel between France and a country in a green zone

Countries classified as green zones are those characterised by low circulation of the virus. These are:

  • European Union countries
  • Andorra
  • Iceland
  • Liechtenstein
  • Monaco
  • Norway
  • San Marino
  • Holy See
  • Switzerland
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Australia
  • Brunei
  • Canada
  • Chile
  • Comoros
  • South Korea
  • Hong Kong
  • Japan
  • Lebanon
  • New Zealand
  • Singapore
  • Taiwan
  • Ukraine
    Uruguay
  • Vanuatu

Yes, you can leave France to go to a country classified in green without having to justify a compelling reason. But you have to find out about the conditions of entry into the destination country.

For all travel advice and restrictions that apply to each country, visit Travel advice of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The list of countries shall be updated at least every 15 days.

General case

Yes, you can come to France from a country classified in green without a compelling reason. Also, PCR testing is not required if you are fully vaccinated. If you are not fully vaccinated, you must present a PCR test of less than 72 hours or an antigenic test.

However, since 18 July 2021, the situation is different for unvaccinated travellers from Spain, Portugal, Cyprus, Greece and the Netherlands.

You can find all the detailed information on the conditions of access to the territory on the government website under the heading "Borders":

Answers to your questions about the Covid-19 outbreak

Ministry of the Interior

Travellers from Cyprus

Since 18 July 2021, unvaccinated travellers from Cyprus must present a negative PCR or antigenic test of less than 24 hours to enter France.

You can view information on the conditions of travel between France and Cyprus on the following page:

Travellers from Spain

Since July 18, 2021, unvaccinated travellers from Spain must have a negative PCR or antigenic test of less than 24 hours to enter France.

You can view information on the conditions of travel between France and Spain on the following page:

Travellers from Greece

Since July 18, 2021, unvaccinated travellers from Greece must have a negative PCR or antigenic test of less than 24 hours to enter France.

You can view information on the conditions of travel between France and Greece on the following page:

Travellers from the Netherlands

Since July 18, 2021, unvaccinated travellers from the Netherlands must have a negative PCR or antigenic test of less than 24 hours to enter France.

You can view the information on the travel conditions between France and the Netherlands on the following page:

Travellers from Portugal

Since July 18, 2021, unvaccinated travellers from Portugal must have a negative PCR or antigenic test of less than 24 hours to enter France.

You can view information on the conditions of travel between France and Portugal on the following page:

Travel between France and a country in orange zone

Countries classified as orange zones are those characterised by active circulation of the virus, but in controlled proportions. These are all countries that are not classified in green or red.

Yes, you can leave France to go to countries listed in orange, but you have to justify that the trip is made for a compelling personal or professional reason:

  • Personal or family reason: situations of family estrangement (work or study in the foreigner of the spouse or children), death of a close relative, visit a close relative seriously ill,...
  • Health grounds of emergency: vital care, urgent medical examination for a serious illness,...
  • Business reason cannot be deferred: mission essential to the pursuit of economic activity

If you use any of these reasons to travel, you must present a document that sets out the reason and evidence. You must present all these items to the travel company before boarding.

If you do not comply with these requirements, boarding will be refused and you will be taken outside the boarding areas.

There is an exception for vaccinated persons: they can travel without having to justify a compelling reason at the time of departure. However, the conditions of entry into the country of destination must be checked.

For all travel advice and restrictions that apply to each country, visit Travel advice of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The list of countries shall be updated at least every 15 days.

If you are fully vaccinated, you must present a vaccination certificate.

In all other cases, your trip must be justified by a compelling reason.

You must also have a negative PCR test of less than 72 hours or an antigenic test of less than 48 hours before departure.

You must also provide a declaration of honour that you accept:

  • that a screening test can be carried out upon arrival in France
  • and to respect a 7-day quarantine on arrival in France, and to take a screening test at the end of this period.

You can find all the detailed information on the conditions of access to the territory on the government website under the heading "Borders":

Answers to your questions about the Covid-19 outbreak

Ministry of the Interior

Travel between France and a country in red zone

Countries classified in red are characterised by a very active circulation of the epidemic or by the spread of certain variants of the virus that present a very high risk of transmission. These are:

  • Afghanistan
  • South Africa
  • Algeria
  • Argentina
  • Bangladesh
  • Bolivia
  • Brazil
  • Chile
  • Colombia
  • Costa Rica
  • Cuba
  • Georgia
  • Indonesia
  • Iran
  • Maldives
  • Morocco
  • Mozambique
  • Namibia
  • Nepal
  • Pakistan
  • Paraguay
  • Democratic Republic of Congo
  • Russia
  • Seychelles
  • Sri Lanka
  • Suriname
  • Tunisia
  • Turkey
  • Uruguay
  • Zambia
  • Guyana

To travel from France to a country listed in red, you must have full vaccination coverage if you are 12 or older.

If you are not vaccinated, you can also go to a country listed in red, but only if the trip is made for a compelling personal or business reason:

  • Personal or family reason: situations of family estrangement (work or study in the foreigner of the spouse or children), death of a close relative, visit a close relative seriously ill,...
  • Health grounds of emergency: vital care, urgent medical examination for a serious illness,...
  • Business reason cannot be deferred: mission essential to the pursuit of economic activity

If you use any of these reasons to travel, you must present a document that sets out the reason and evidence. You must present all these items to the travel company before boarding.

If you do not comply with these requirements, boarding will be refused and you will be taken outside the boarding areas.

You must also have a PCR or negative antigenic test of less than 48 hours. You should also enquire about the conditions of entry into the destination country.

For all travel advice and restrictions that apply to each country, visit Travel advice of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The list of countries shall be updated at least every 15 days.

If you are fully vaccinated, you must present a vaccination certificate.

In all other cases, your trip must be justified by a compelling reason. You must also submit:

  • proof of this compelling reason
  • and a PCR test or negative antigenic test of less than 48 hours.

You must also provide a declaration of honour stating:

  • that you accept that a screening test be carried out upon your arrival in France
  • and the address to which you will respect about 40 days on arrival in France.

You can find all the detailed information on the conditions of access to the territory on the government website under the heading "Borders":

Answers to your questions about the Covid-19 outbreak

Ministry of the Interior

Travel between France and the United Kingdom

Since July 18, 2021, unvaccinated travellers from the United Kingdom must have a negative PCR or antigenic test of less than 24 hours to enter France.

You can view information on the conditions of travel between France and the United Kingdom on the following page: