Coronavirus – COVID-19: Advice for visitors to France

Are you returning or transiting through France? You must now have an international derogatory attestation to present to your airline and to border control with the required documents.

Who can enter French territory?

European Union citizens, and those from the United Kingdom, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Andorra, Monaco and Switzerland, their spouses and children can return to France, as well as citizens of the Holy See and San Marino, their spouses and children, if they are French residents or if they are travelling through France to return to their residence.

Foreigners with a valid residence permit, including a long-stay visa valid as a residence permit, can enter France. Furthermore, the validity of documents authorizing stays in France has been extended for 3 months.

In limited cases (particularly the transport of goods), foreigners with a short-term visa may be authorized to enter France.

If you are French, naturally you can continue to enter France and travel to your home, along with your spouse and children.

Requirements to enter France

In the context of the implementation of the state of health emergency in France, access restrictions to Mainland France and to French Overseas territories are in effect. Every traveler is requested, from 8 April 2020, 12 AM, to fill out and carry one of the following travel certificates according to his situation :

  • for a trip from mainland France to French overseas territories
  • for an international travel from abroad to mainland France
  • for an international travel from abroad to French overseas territories

The document is to be presented to transportation companies before boarding, as well as to border control authorities.

Persons travelling to the French overseas collectivities are also informed that they will be subject, on their arrival in the collectivity, to a health check which may result in the adoption of an order for quarantine in a dedicated structure or at home.

Download the certificates (Attestations de déplacement international et à l’Outre-mer) here:

More Information

Consult advice for visitors to France on the website of the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs

For the latest information on coronavirus in France and the action of the French Government to combat the disease, visit the website of the French Government.

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Last updated on: 14 August 2020