- I am a foreign national living abroad. Can I travel to France?
- I am travelling to France. Do I have to fill any forms before boarding?
- What is a vaccination pass? How is it different from the Covid certificate?
- Exceptions for compelling reasons. Do I qualify ?
- Travelling to France: COVID-19 restrictions
- Can civil partners (who have signed a PACS) and cohabiters be issued a visa?
- International students and researchers: conditions for entering France
- I am a French national and I live abroad. Can I travel to France?
- Are there specific measures for overseas France and Corsica?
I am a foreign national living abroad. Can I travel to France?
Covid-19 restrictions at the French border were eased on 12 February 2022 for fully vaccinated travellers. Please visit the Interior Ministry’s website for more information.
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The entry conditions to French territory are defined by the classification of departure countries (countries and territories on ’green’ and ’orange’ lists) indicated below.
SEE HERE FOR RULES FOR EACH COUNTRY BY CATEGORY ’Green’ countries/territories: countries/territories in which no active circulation of the virus is observed and no variants of concern are identified. These are the European countries plus Argentina, Australia, Bahrain, Hong Kong, Japan, Indonesia, Honduras, Kuwait, New Zealand, Qatar, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, South Korea, Taiwan, United Arab Emirates and Vanuatu.
As of 16 February 2022, the following countries will be added to the “green” list: Cambodia, Cape Verde, Chad, Colombia, Côte d’Ivoire, Cuba, Ecuador, Fiji, Gabon, Ghana, Guinea, Equatorial Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Mauritius, Laos, Mauritania, Morocco, Nepal, Nicaragua, Samoa, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Venezuela and Vietnam.
’Orange’ countries/territories: countries/territories where there is active circulation of the virus in controlled proportions. These are all countries/territories not included in the ’green’ list.
Note: The United Kingdom is on the ’orange’ list
If you have travelled through a third country during your return trip to France, but remained in the airport international zone, the rules for the departure country apply.
I am travelling to France. Do I have to fill any forms before boarding?
You may be asked to fill two forms before boarding for France ¬- • The EU-PLF form is for travellers arriving on the territory of a European Union Member State. While rules to fill the form may vary between EU countries, it is compulsory for travellers who wish to enter France. • The Eos electronic form is for travellers coming from ‘orange’ countries and territories.
What is a vaccination pass? How is it different from the Covid certificate?
A vaccination pass is necessary in France for everyone aged 16 and older to participate in most social or cultural activities.
A digital or paper version of one of the following may be provided as a vaccination pass:
• A vaccine certificate showing full vaccination, • A certificate of recovery from COVID (from 11 days to 6 months prior), • A certificate of medical reasons for not being vaccinated.
Children under 12 years of age are not required to present a COVID certificate or vaccination pass.
Since February 1st, 2022, in order to continue to be considered as fully vaccinated, persons aged eighteen or over wishing to enter the national territory must have received a booster dose no later than 9 months following the injection of the last required dose.
I have received a vaccine that is recognised by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) or the World health Organisation (WHO):
You may receive your booster dose in France. During 15 days after your arrival in France, while waiting for your Vaccination Pass to be activated, you will need to show a negative Covid-19 test (less than 24h) to participate in social activities.
I have received a vaccine that is not recognised by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) or the World health Organisation (WHO):
You will be considered as non-vaccinated, and will need to be start the vaccination process with a recognised vaccine. Three weeks after having started vaccination, you may obtain a Vaccination Pass.
The Vaccination pass (16+ years) or COVID certificate (for 12-15 year-olds) is required to access:
• Entertainment and cultural venues (theatres, amusement parks, concert halls, festivals, gyms, arcades, libraries and documentation centres, cinemas); • Commercial restaurant and catering services (bars, restaurants, including outdoor cafés), with the exception of collective catering or take away sales of prepared meals, professional road and train transport restaurants, room service in hotel bars and restaurants, non-commercial restaurant and catering services (free meal distribution); • Trade fairs and shows, and professional seminars if they are not held on business premises and have more than 50 participants; • Long-distance journeys on public inter-regional transport (domestic flights, high-speed trains (TGVs), Intercités trains, night trains, inter-regional coaches); • Ski resort lifts; • Access to tourist accommodations such as campsites or holiday villages, with a single check at the beginning of the stay.
The vaccination pass and COVID certificate for children aged 12 to 15
The previous COVID certificate requirements – which include the additional possibility of presenting proof of a negative test less than 24 hours old – will remain in force for 12 to 15 year olds.
Note: Foreign visitors must pay for tests in France STAYING SAFE IN FRANCE: Upon arrival in France, travellers should download the application TousAntiCovid, continue to strictly respect protective measures and physical distancing, wear a face mask and be vigilant and act responsibly if symptoms appear or if they are infected.
TAP/CLICK HERE FOR PROTECTIVE MEASURES IN PLACE IN FRANCE
Exceptions for compelling reasons. Do I qualify ?
In certain cases, you may be exempt from some of the rules for entering France if your reasons for visiting France are considered as ’compelling reasons’.
Important Tourism and holidays abroad are not considered compelling reasons for travel. Below are the compelling reasons accepted by the French government, depending on the country of departure. List of compelling reasons for travel to/from ’orange’ countries.
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If your travel falls within one of the compelling reasons announced by the French government, a sworn declaration can be downloaded on the Ministry of the Interior’s website (in English). It must be presented upon boarding to the transport company and accompanied by the appropriate supporting documents. Examples of imperious reasons for travel can be found on the sworn declaration.
SPECIFIC RULES APPLY TO ROAD HAULIERS see the Ministry of the Interior’s website.
Where required, compelling reasons for travel do not concern partners of French citizens, their children, or European citizens and equivalent, their partners (spouses, civil partners or cohabiters), or their children, whose main residence is in mainland France or who are transiting through France to their main residence in a European Union country or equivalent, or the country of their nationality.
Those travelling to France on compelling reasons, from countries where the virological screening test (RT-PCR) cannot be done before departure, may request an exemption from presenting this test at departure (compelling reasons for travel must be proven), and must submit to a test upon arrival in France. They must isolate for 7 days.
Travelling to France: COVID-19 restrictions
Compulsory documentation You must present a sworn declaration to border/transport officials stating that you have no symptoms of COVID-19 infection and have not, to your knowledge, been in contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 in the 14 days prior to the journey. The declaration also mentions your agreement to be tested on arrival by personnel in France.
Download the declaration template here
IMPORTANT Irrespective of their country of departure, travellers presenting symptoms of COVID-19 infection upon arrival in French territory will be required to quarantine, or, if necessary, will be placed and held in isolation by the competent Prefect for the area.
Can civil partners (who have signed a PACS) and cohabiters be issued a visa?
Exceptionally, civil partners and cohabiters will be considered as partners, on the condition that their usual residence is in the same household as the European citizen or foreign national holding a residence permit.
Partners of citizens of the European Union, the United Kingdom, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Andorra, Monaco and Switzerland, their spouses and children can enter France, as well as citizens of the Holy See and San Marino, their spouses and children, may be granted a visa.
Consulates will determine the visa category that is most relevant to each individual situation.
International students and researchers: conditions for entering France
Depending on your country of departure and your vaccination status, the procedures that apply to travel to France are different. We recommend you complete a full vaccination cycle before your departure to facilitate your arrival and daily life in France.
Students and researchers from Category 1 (“green” list) countries and territories do not need to have proof of compelling reasons to travel to France.
For students and researchers from Category 2 (“orange” list) countries and territories, the following reasons are recognized as compelling reasons for travel:
- students enrolled in French as a foreign language courses prior to enrolment in higher education;
- students that have passed the oral tests of entrance exams to French higher education institutions;
- students enrolled in a higher education establishment for the year 2021-2022 (including French as a foreign language courses);
- Researchers and teaching staff (including language assistants) moving to France at the invitation of a research laboratory or higher education institution, for research or teaching activities absolutely requiring their physical presence, as well as their partners (spouses, civil partners, or cohabiters, subject to evidence of cohabitation) and children.
For more information, visit the Campus France website. You may also find information from the French Consulate or Campus France office in your place of residence.
Please note that each territory may apply separate measures via a prefectoral order. For more details on the COVID-19 restrictions in place in each territory, please consult the website of the corresponding prefecture. In addition, to tackle the new wave of the pandemic, further measures are in force as of 26 November 2021.
I am a French national and I live abroad. Can I travel to France?
All French nationals and their partners and children can enter France, subject to compliance with current public health rules.
Are there specific measures for overseas France and Corsica?
Travel to and from all overseas territories is only possible if you have compelling reasons for travel, with the exception of those who are fully vaccinated, and on condition they have negative PCR or antigen test results.
For more information on public health rules applicable to each territory, visit the website of the competent Prefecture:
Travel to and from Corsica is subject to specific measures, which can be consulted on the website of the Regional Prefecture.