France

Overview

In view of the rapid spread of COVID-19 across the world, France has put in place precautionary measures to reduce the risk of importation of COVID-19. Before making a decision to move to France, it is important to keep up with the latest news on the travel restrictions to help you better plan your relocation.

Information still current at: 13 September 2021

Last Updated at: 13 September 2021

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Overview

In view of the rapid spread of COVID-19 across the world, France has put in place precautionary measures to reduce the risk of importation of COVID-19. Before making a decision to move to France, it is important to keep up with the latest news on the travel restrictions to help you better plan your relocation.

Information still current at: 13 September 2021

Last Updated at: 13 September 2021

THINKING OF MOVING AND LIVING IN FRANCE?

Start your relocation journey with our Relo Buddies today!

Latest Update

From Sept. 12, only vaccinated U.S. visitors will be allowed to visit France for vacation, non-vaccinated travelers can only visit for essential reasons and need a negative COVID-19 test

Beginning Sunday, Sept. 12, only vaccinated visitors will be allowed to visit for vacation. Non-vaccinated travellers can only visit for essential reasons and require a negative COVID-19 test. They are also required to isolate for seven days upon arrival.

Currently, unvaccinated tourists only need to show a negative COVID test to enter France.

The move comes after the European Union’s decision on Aug. 30 to remove the United States from its list of safe countries due to a spike in COVID-19 cases.

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Entering France Borders

France had implemented a traffic light system which categories countries into a green, orange or red list. The condition for entering France is dependent on the country of departure and vaccination status.

 

Green List Countries

  • Fully vaccinated travellers from these countries can enter France without presenting a COVID-19 PCR test or undergo quarantine. 
  • Travellers who are not vaccinated from these countries will need to present a COVID-19 PCR test result taken within 72 hours. However, these travellers are not required to submit reasons for their visit to France or undergo quarantine. 
  • US and Canada travellers were added to the list of Green countries in June 17.

 

Orange List Countries

  • Fully vaccinated travellers from these countries, including the UK, can enter France if they provide a negative COVID-19 test PCR test results taken within 72 hours of departure. 
  • Travellers who have not been vaccinated need to provide “compelling” reasons for their visit to France and a negative COVID-19 PCR test result taken within 72 hours of departure, while undergoing a mandatory quarantine for seven days upon arrival.

 

Red List Countries

  • Fully vaccinated travellers from these countries are only allowed to enter France if they have a valid reason for the visit, and they need to present a COVID-19 PCR test results taken within 72 hours of departure while undergoing a mandatory quarantine for seven days upon arrival.
  • The same conditions above applies to travellers who are not vaccinated, but they are required to undergo a mandatory quarantine of 10 days instead. 

For more information on entry to France rules and regulations, please refer to the France Diplomacy.

 

Leaving France Borders

According to the France Diplomacy, the conditions for leaving France is dependant on the traveller’s destination country and their vaccination status. 

 

Travelling to Green List Countries

  • Travellers are not subjected to any restrictions from leaving the France borders.

 

Travelling to Orange List Countries

  • For fully vaccinated travellers, they are not required to justify the reasons for their trip to the destination country.
  • For travellers who are not vaccinated, they are only permitted to leave France if they have pressing ground for travel, or they must present a certificate of international travel at the Interior Ministry’s website if they are travelling back to their country or origin or residence. 

 

Travelling to Red List Countries

  • The France Diplomacy does not recommend travellers to travel to countries on the red list. However, if they wishes to do so, they must have pressing ground for travel, or they must present a certificate of international travel at the Interior Ministry’s website if they are travelling back to their country or origin or residence. 

For more information on entry to France rules and regulations, please refer to the France Diplomacy

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  • Kindergartens, primary, secondary to high schools are open in France. High schools in France are adopting a mix of distance and on-site learning.
  • It is mandatory for all students who are over the age of six to wear a mask in school (kindergartens are exemption from this rule).
  • University students will alternate between on-site and distance learning.

For the latest update on schools in France, please click here.

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General Information on Visas In France

Visa and immigration services are resumed in France. Applying for a visa is necessary for certain nationalities when intending to visit France. All visas must be applied before departure at the nearest French embassy or French consulate in the applicant’s country of residence. 

 

For Stays Equal To 90 Days Or Lesser

  • Required to apply for a short-stay visa. 
  • For mainland France, France complies with the Schengen regulations, and issues a short-stay Uniform Schengen visa. 
  • For French overseas territories, France will issue a short-stay national visa.
  • For travellers transiting through France without leaving the international zone are required to check if they need to apply for an  “A” airport transit Schengen visa.

 

For Stays Longer Than 90 Days

For more information on the different types of French visas: tourism, professional purposes, family purposes.

 

Student Visas

  • Starting from 07 April 2021, long-stay study visa applicants can submit the documents accompanying their applications digitally. If they choose this option, all required documents must be submitted digitally. This will speed up processing at the visa applications centre.

For more information on the documents needed for a student visa application, please click here.

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Home Search

  • Home search services are available in France
  • One person is only allowed for viewing per apartment with a time limit of 30 minutes. 
  • Wearing a mask and safe distancing is mandatory during tours.
  • Home visits should be scheduled before viewing.
  • Virtual visits are available.
  • Moves are permitted.

 

Short Term Accommodations

  • Apartments are available.
  • Bookings and support services are handled virtually, no face-to-face interactions are available.

 

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Pet Passport & Import Regulations During COVID-19 In France

  • All Italian citizens who are returning to France from high-rabies countries during COVID-19 are not required to complete the titer test to bring their cats and dogs into France.
  • No quarantine is needed for your pet cats, dogs and ferrets if the following regulations are met:
  1. Ensure that the pet is a microchip.
  2. Ensure that the pet had undergone rabies vaccinations.
  3. Ensure that the pt had undergone the rabies titer test.
  4. Tapeworm treatment is required (for dogs only)
  5. Obtain a pet health certificate

For more information on importing and exporting pets into France, please click here. 

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Check out the following pages and contact information to get the latest updates on the COVID-19 situation.
Contact a toll-free hotline service (French only)
0 800 130 000
+33 800 130 000 (From Overseas)

Please note that the toll-free hotline service cannot give medical advice.

For COVID-19 updates visit the France Diplomacy and Gouvernement.fr.

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Latest Update

From Sept. 12, only vaccinated U.S. visitors will be allowed to visit France for vacation, non-vaccinated travelers can only visit for essential reasons and need a negative COVID-19 test

Beginning Sunday, Sept. 12, only vaccinated visitors will be allowed to visit for vacation. Non-vaccinated travellers can only visit for essential reasons and require a negative COVID-19 test. They are also required to isolate for seven days upon arrival.

Currently, unvaccinated tourists only need to show a negative COVID test to enter France.

The move comes after the European Union’s decision on Aug. 30 to remove the United States from its list of safe countries due to a spike in COVID-19 cases.

Entering France Borders

France had implemented a traffic light system which categories countries into a green, orange or red list. The condition for entering France is dependent on the country of departure and vaccination status.

 

Green List Countries

  • Fully vaccinated travellers from these countries can enter France without presenting a COVID-19 PCR test or undergo quarantine. 
  • Travellers who are not vaccinated from these countries will need to present a COVID-19 PCR test result taken within 72 hours. However, these travellers are not required to submit reasons for their visit to France or undergo quarantine. 
  • US and Canada travellers were added to the list of Green countries in June 17.

 

Orange List Countries

  • Fully vaccinated travellers from these countries, including the UK, can enter France if they provide a negative COVID-19 test PCR test results taken within 72 hours of departure. 
  • Travellers who have not been vaccinated need to provide “compelling” reasons for their visit to France and a negative COVID-19 PCR test result taken within 72 hours of departure, while undergoing a mandatory quarantine for seven days upon arrival.

 

Red List Countries

  • Fully vaccinated travellers from these countries are only allowed to enter France if they have a valid reason for the visit, and they need to present a COVID-19 PCR test results taken within 72 hours of departure while undergoing a mandatory quarantine for seven days upon arrival.
  • The same conditions above applies to travellers who are not vaccinated, but they are required to undergo a mandatory quarantine of 10 days instead. 

For more information on entry to France rules and regulations, please refer to the France Diplomacy.

 

Leaving France Borders

According to the France Diplomacy, the conditions for leaving France is dependant on the traveller’s destination country and their vaccination status. 

 

Travelling to Green List Countries

  • Travellers are not subjected to any restrictions from leaving the France borders.

 

Travelling to Orange List Countries

  • For fully vaccinated travellers, they are not required to justify the reasons for their trip to the destination country.
  • For travellers who are not vaccinated, they are only permitted to leave France if they have pressing ground for travel, or they must present a certificate of international travel at the Interior Ministry’s website if they are travelling back to their country or origin or residence. 

 

Travelling to Red List Countries

  • The France Diplomacy does not recommend travellers to travel to countries on the red list. However, if they wishes to do so, they must have pressing ground for travel, or they must present a certificate of international travel at the Interior Ministry’s website if they are travelling back to their country or origin or residence. 

For more information on entry to France rules and regulations, please refer to the France Diplomacy

  • Kindergartens, primary, secondary to high schools are open in France. High schools in France are adopting a mix of distance and on-site learning.
  • It is mandatory for all students who are over the age of six to wear a mask in school (kindergartens are exemption from this rule).
  • University students will alternate between on-site and distance learning.

For the latest update on schools in France, please click here.

General Information on Visas In France

Visa and immigration services are resumed in France. Applying for a visa is necessary for certain nationalities when intending to visit France. All visas must be applied before departure at the nearest French embassy or French consulate in the applicant’s country of residence. 

 

For Stays Equal To 90 Days Or Lesser

  • Required to apply for a short-stay visa. 
  • For mainland France, France complies with the Schengen regulations, and issues a short-stay Uniform Schengen visa. 
  • For French overseas territories, France will issue a short-stay national visa.
  • For travellers transiting through France without leaving the international zone are required to check if they need to apply for an  “A” airport transit Schengen visa.

 

For Stays Longer Than 90 Days

For more information on the different types of French visas: tourism, professional purposes, family purposes.

 

Student Visas

  • Starting from 07 April 2021, long-stay study visa applicants can submit the documents accompanying their applications digitally. If they choose this option, all required documents must be submitted digitally. This will speed up processing at the visa applications centre.

For more information on the documents needed for a student visa application, please click here.

Home Search

  • Home search services are available in France
  • One person is only allowed for viewing per apartment with a time limit of 30 minutes. 
  • Wearing a mask and safe distancing is mandatory during tours.
  • Home visits should be scheduled before viewing.
  • Virtual visits are available.
  • Moves are permitted.

 

Short Term Accommodations

  • Apartments are available.
  • Bookings and support services are handled virtually, no face-to-face interactions are available.

Pet Passport & Import Regulations During COVID-19 In France

  • All Italian citizens who are returning to France from high-rabies countries during COVID-19 are not required to complete the titer test to bring their cats and dogs into France.
  • No quarantine is needed for your pet cats, dogs and ferrets if the following regulations are met:
  1. Ensure that the pet is a microchip.
  2. Ensure that the pet had undergone rabies vaccinations.
  3. Ensure that the pt had undergone the rabies titer test.
  4. Tapeworm treatment is required (for dogs only)
  5. Obtain a pet health certificate

For more information on importing and exporting pets into France, please click here. 

Check out the following pages and contact information to get the latest updates on the COVID-19 situation.
Contact a toll-free hotline service (French only)
0 800 130 000
+33 800 130 000 (From Overseas)

Please note that the toll-free hotline service cannot give medical advice.

For COVID-19 updates visit the France Diplomacy and Gouvernement.fr.

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