August 6, 2020

France: Entry Requirements

From August 1st, preventive border screening measures came into effect for travelers from designated countries. This is in line with the French government’s aim of limiting the spread of the Covid-19 virus. The government has confirmed that the list of designated countries will be updated at least every 15 days.

What has changed?

There are currently no restrictions for travel from European Union Member States, United Kingdom, Andorra, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway, San Marina, Switzerland, Vatican. Also the following countries, Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay.

Travelers coming from other countries have been encouraged to have a negative virology Covid-19 test (for example, a PCR test), before they leave. Travelers are required to present to the airline prior to boarding a self-declaration stating that they do not have symptoms of Covid-19 and that, to their knowledge, they have not been in contact with a confirmed case of Covid-19 in the two weeks prior to the flight. In addition, travelers must wear a protection mask.

From August 1st however, travelers aged 11 or over from Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, the United States, or Panama, must present negative virology test results carried out less than 72 hours before the flight upon boarding the flight.

Travelers aged 11 or over from Algeria, Brazil, India, Israel, Kuwait, Madagascar, Oman, Peru, Qatar, Serbia, South Africa or Turkey, who do not present negative virology test results upon arrival in France will be directed towards a medical check point where the test will be conducted. Given this requirement, travelers are strongly advised to carry out a test locally no more than 72 hours before the flight.

Regardless of the above, travelers showing symptoms of Covid-19 upon arrival in France or those that can not show negative test results from within 72 hours of arrival, may be asked to quarantine or remain in isolation upon arrival.

Entry requirements for French overseas territories are adapted for each territory.

What to expect /impact?

Travelers should monitor the current list to ensure they are able to enter France and if so, carry the appropriate documentation.

For further information on the France entry requirements, please contact the Sterling Lexicon immigration team at 

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