COVID-19: New restrictions to enter France for travelers from countries outside of the European area
In the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, the external borders of the European Union and the Schengen Area are now closed to all travelers, French citizens and aliens, departing from the United States. Any entry into France and any exit from our territory to/from a country outside the EU will be prohibited starting Sunday, January 31, 2021 “except for compelling reasons” Jean Castex, French Prime Minister. When a travel for a compelling reason is necessary, all travelers have to comply to the sanitary measures to enter France in order to limit the spread of the virus. In order to enter France from the United States: all travelers have to provide a filled certificate (available on the Department of Interior’s website) for each individual. This certificate has a list of all valid compelling reasons. This certificate has to be filled, signed and has to come with any supporting document to present to the airline during the boarding process. Pursuant to décret n°2021-31 issued on January 15 2021, all travelers of 11 years older coming to France from a country outside of the European area (European Union, Andorra, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, San Marino, Norway, Vatican and Switzerland) have to present a negative molecular test performed 72 hours before departure, isolate themselves for 7 days once they arrive in France, then retake a second molecular test at the end of this 7-day period. The following tests are accepted: – RT-PCR – PCR – qRT-PCR – qPCR – RT-LAMP – LAMP – RNA Should you not be able to provide evidence of this test, boarding will be denied. For your arrival in France, you need to fill in and carry two documents: 1. An exempted international movement certificate for travel to metropolitan France. You must present this certificate to travel companies before using your travel ticket, as well as to border control authorities (for travel by air, sea and land, including by rail);2. A sworn declaration that you do not have COVID-19 symptoms. These documents can be downloaded in French and English from the Ministry of the Interior’s website.