COVID-19 - Advice for visitors
If you are in the U.S, you may only enter France if your journey meets one of the criteria for exceptions and if you have pressing grounds for travel. The list of exemptions and examples of pressing grounds for travel can be found on the certificate for travel.
For your arrival in France, you need to fill in and carry three documents in addition to required travel documents:
An exempted international travel certificate for travel to France, available here in English and in French.
A sworn declaration stating that:
- You do not show signs of COVID-19;
- To your knowledge, you have not been in contact with anyone confirmed to have COVID-19 in the 14 days before travel;
- You agree to submit, if you are aged 11 years or older, to a virological RT-PCR test for SARS-CoV-2 upon arrival in France;
- You agree to self-isolate for 7 days upon arrival in France, and to submit, if you are aged 11 years or older, to a virological RT-PCR test for SARS-CoV-2 at the end of the isolation period.
- If you are aged 11 or over, a negative PCR test result, carried out less than 72 hours before departure.
When an RT-PCR test cannot be carried out, you can ask our consulate firstname.lastname@example.org for a specific document called a “PCR test exemption” (Dispense de test PCR), subject to pressing grounds for travel (limited to a very small number of circumstances) and prior acceptance of:
- A virological screening test capable of detecting SARS-CoV-2 (antigen/lateral flow test) upon arrival;
- A 7-day isolation period in an establishment designated by the French authorities, subject to presentation of a booking;
- An RT-PCR virological test at the end of the isolation period.
In countries where antigen/lateral flow tests are available, the “PCR test exemption” is valid only if accompanied by the results of such a test carried out less than 72 hours before boarding and which does not identify COVID-19 contamination. If you are not able to provide evidence of this test or a certificate of exemption, boarding will be denied.
If you provide a certificate of exemption, the costs of the isolation period in France will be at your own expense.
In all cases, the usual travel restrictions apply (visas, duration of stay, etc.).
Whatever your place of departure, if you show symptoms of COVID-19 upon arrival in France, you will be quarantined or placed and kept in isolation by the the French autorities.
A list of available testing sites in the United States, based on your place of residence, can be found here. We recommend making sure that results will be available in time before taking a test.
Upon return to France, it is advisable to download the TousAntiCovid app, to continue to scrupulously respect the health and social distancing measures, to wear a mask, and to be vigilant and responsible in case of symptoms or contamination.
It should be noted that since January, 24th, 2021, France is requiring travelers arriving from the EU via air or sea to provide proof of a negative PCR test taken no more than 72 hours before departure. Cross-border workers, essential workers, and freight transporters are exempted. Travelers arriving via road or rail will not be subject to this requirement. There is currently no requirement for travelers from the EU to also self-isolate.
There are no restrictions on travel to other countries within the European space but such travel is strongly discouraged.
You can only travel from France to a country outside the European space if you have pressing grounds for travel, or if you are travelling to your country of origin or residence. You will need to fill out and carry an exempted international travel certificate for travel to France, available here in English and in French.
If your time of departure requires you to leave your place of residence during the curfew, you must carry an exempted movement certificate.