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Covid and travel bans: what are the rules?

Verified 14 mars 2022 - Legal and Administrative Information Directorate (Prime Minister)

You can view colour zone classification map .

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.

You will find detailed information on the conditions of travel between Corsica and the mainland on the Regional Health Agency website .

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 .

You will find all information on the conditions of travel between France and Mauritius on the following page:

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
  • South Africa
  • Angola
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Argentina
  • Bahamas
  • Bahrain
  • Bangladesh
  • Belize
  • Benin
  • Bhutan
  • Burma
  • Bolivia
  • Botswana
  • Brazil
  • Burkina Faso
  • Burundi
  • Cape Verde
  • Cambodia
  • Cameroon
  • Canada
  • Colombia
  • Comoros
  • Congo
  • South Korea
  • Ivory Coast
  • Cuba
  • Djibouti
  • Egypt
  • United Arab Emirates
  • Ecuador
  • Eswatini
  • United States
  • Ethiopia
  • Gabon
  • Ghana
  • Guinea
  • Equatorial Guinea
  • Guinea
  • Honduras
  • Hong Kong
  • Fiji
  • Mauritius
  • Samoa
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Iraq
  • Jamaica
  • Japan
  • Kazakhstan
  • Kenya
  • Kuwait
  • Laos
  • Lesotho
  • Madagascar
  • Malawi
  • Morocco
  • Mauritania
  • Mozambique
  • Namibia
  • Nepal
  • Nicaragua
  • Niger
  • Nigeria
  • New Zealand
  • Oman
  • Uganda
  • Pakistan
  • Panama
  • Paraguay
  • Peru
  • Philippines
  • Qatar
  • Democratic Republic of Congo
  • Rwanda
  • Dominican Republic
  • Saint Christophe and Niévès
  • Salvador
  • Senegal
  • Seychelles
  • Sudan
  • South Sudan
  • Sri Lanka
  • Taiwan
  • Tanzania
  • Chad
  • East Timor
  • Togo
  • Tunisia
  • Vanuatu
  • Venezuela
  • Vietnam
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe

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.

You will find information on the conditions of travel between France and countries classified in green by clicking on this link.

Yes, you can come to France from a country classified in green without having to justify a compelling reason.

However, travellers over the age of 12 must present at least one of the following 3 proof documents:

  • Evidence of a complete vaccination scheme
  • Negative result of a PCR test of less than 72 hours or an antigenic test of less than 48 hours
  • Certificate of Recovery from Covid-19 Contamination

You will find information on the conditions of travel between France and countries classified in green by clicking on this link.

Between France and an orange country

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.

No country is currently listed in red. So all the countries that aren't classified in green are in orange.

Yes, you can leave France to go to a country listed in orange, but the rules are not the same for vaccinated travellers and for non-vaccinated travellers.

Vaccinated travellers

Vaccinated persons may travel to an orange-listed country without having to justify a compelling reason on 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.

Unvaccinated travellers

To travel from France to a country classified in orange, unvaccinated persons must justify that the journey is made for an overriding 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.

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.

You can find information on the conditions of travel between France and countries classified in orange by clicking on this link.

The situation varies depending on the nationality of the travellers and their vaccination status.

French citizens

Travellers of French nationality may return to France without compelling reasons of personal or family, health or professional nature.

You can find information on the conditions of travel between France and countries classified in orange by clicking on this link.

Other nationalities

The situation is not the same for vaccinated and unvaccinated travellers.

Vaccinated travellers

Vaccinated travellers must provide proof of their vaccination status. They must also file a declaration of honour stating that they do not have symptoms of Covid-19 infection and that they did not have contact within 14 days prior to the trip.

You can find information on the conditions of travel between France and countries classified in orange by clicking on this link.

Unvaccinated travellers

Unvaccinated travellers over the age of 12 may enter France only for compelling reasons of personal or family, health or professional nature.

Travellers over the age of 12 must present the following documents upon arrival in France:

  • Justification of the compelling reason for travel invoked
  • Negative result of a PCR test of less than 72 hours or an antigenic test of less than 48 hours
  • Statement on honour indicating that they do not show symptoms of Covid-19 infection, that they have not been in contact within 14 days prior to the trip and that they agree to take a screening test upon arrival in France
  • Statement on honour by which they undertake to respect a isolation period of 7 days after their arrival and to carry out at the end of this period a PCR test

You can find information on the conditions of travel between France and countries classified in orange by clicking on this link.

Between France and a country in a 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.

No country is currently listed in red.

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.

The situation varies depending on whether the travellers are French citizens or not.

French citizens

Travellers of French nationality may return to France without compelling reasons of personal or family, health or professional nature.

Other nationalities

Travel from countries classified in red zone to France is prohibited, unless it is for compelling reasons, personal, professional or health reasons.

Travellers over the age of 12 must present the following documents upon arrival in France:

  • Justification of the compelling reason invoked
  • Negative result of PCR or antigenic testing less than 24 or 48 hours
  • Statement on the honour by which they agree to take a screening test upon arrival in France
  • Proof of address of the place where quarantine could be carried out if necessary

The prefect of the department may quarantine a traveller from a country in the red zone if he has symptoms of Covid-19 or if he does not have a PCR test or a negative antigenic test.

The prefect of the department may also decide to segregate a traveller from a country classified in the red zone if the result of his PCR test or his antigenic test is positive.

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

Between France and the United Kingdom

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