An interesting mix of medieval cities, tranquil villages, serene beaches and classic museums, France is undoubtedly one of the world’s most romantic countries. The capital city, Paris, is spotted with instantly recognizable landmarks such as the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre Museum. Take a walk along the cobbled streets of Paris, indulge in a croissant at one of the many Parisian cafes and enjoy its vibrant nightlife.
Can I travel to France?
Who can enter?
Borders are closed to nationals of all countries
Rules for travelers
Quarantine of 7 days is required for all countries.
- Mandatory temperature check and thermal screening as per protocols
- Mandatory to present a negative RT-PCR test result carried out less than 72 hours before departure.
Compulsory to submit Exempted Movement Certificate
Recommended to download Stop Covid
Is it safe traveling to France?
France is one of the countries in Europe that is seeing a resurgence of the virus. It recorded 21,000 cases on an average last week after the lockdown was lifted completely. The country has reinforced la nation wide lockdown until the first week of December. Restrictions will be eased based on the reduction in the number of cases on a daily basis.
Do I have to quarantine on arrival?
Quarantine of 7 days is required for all countries.
Will there be a health screening on arrival at Airports and Ports?
Yes, all visitors entering France will go through health screening upon arrival. This includes temperature check and a visual examination of the individual's well being. Nationals arriving from the United States, Panama, UAE, Algeria, Brazil, India, Israel, Kuwait, Madagascar, Oman, Peru, Qatar, Serbia, South Africa and Turkey have to submit a negative PCR test certificate.
Do I have to undergo COVID-19 test on arrival?
Visitors will have to undergo a COVID-19 test, if they fail to provide a negative PCR test report upon arrival.
What happens if I show symptoms of Covid 19 on arrival?
If you show symptoms upon arrival, you will have to self-quarantine for 14 days regardless of your nationality.
Do I have to present a negative COVID-19 test certificate on arrival?
All travelers must present a negative RT- PCR test result less than 72 hours old.
Is it mandatory to obtain travel insurance before traveling to France?
No, it is not mandatory to have travel health insurance to visit France. However, it is recommended to have insurance that covers COVID-19.
Do I have to provide any other medical certificate on arrival?
Yes, all visitors arriving to France (by air, sea and land, including by rail) must have an Exempted Movement Certificate. Additionally, all visitors have to submit a statement that they do not have symptoms of the coronavirus.
Are there any other essential documents required on arrival?
Not particularly. However, the authorities have tightened some of the rules and regulations regarding visa and passport. Depending on the purpose of travel, there may be differences in the documents required. Please check the official website for more information.
Are there any exemptions from travel restrictions in France?
- French citizens, and their spouses and children
- European Union citizens and citizens of Andorra, the United Kingdom, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway, San Marino, Switzerland and the Vatican, with their main residence in France or travelling to the country in which they are a citizen or resident by transiting through France, as well as their partner and children
- Nationals with a valid European or French residence permit or long-stay visa with their main residence in France or travelling to their residence in another European Union or equivalent country by transiting through France
- Residents in transit for less than 24 in an international zone to reach their country of origin
- Personnel of diplomatic and consular missions, as well as international organizations headquartered or having an office in France, and their partners and children
- Foreign health professionals helping to fight COVID-19
- Foreign nationals carrying out international goods transport
- Foreign navy personnel carrying out international goods transport or working on fishing boats.
Do I have to download any mobile apps on arrival?
Yes, you may download the Stop Covid App. This app alerts you when you are close to a person who is tested positive for the virus.
Are there any other rules and restrictions for international travelers
All visitors must abide by the following rules:
Face Masks: Using a mask is mandatory for all visitors above the age 11. It is compulsory in all enclosed spaces including restaurants, public transport, and other crowded areas.
Social Distancing: Physical distancing of 1 metre is mandatory in all situations. Most attractions, restaurants, and public transport are operating in reduced capacity.
Personal Hygiene: Wash hands frequently for 20 seconds.** **Always carry an alcohol based sanitizer in case soap and water is not available.
Are there domestic travel restrictions in France?
Entry to Guyane and Mayotte will remain restricted for emergency family or work reasons, given that the virus is still actively circulating in these territories. Visitors arriving in these territories will remain subject to a strict 14-day quarantine.
Are hotels open in France?
Are restaurants, cafes and bars in France open?
Are flights operating?
Yes, airlines are operating at limited frequency. Domestic flights are operating at reduced capacity. France has restricted travel to Guyane and Mayotte and residents outside of this region can travel here only for essential purposes. US nationals may transit through France if necessary but have to submit an attestation form
Are trains operating?
Yes, train services are operating at limited capacity. Strict hygiene measures continue to be employed at the train stations as well as on board to ensure the safety of passengers and the crew. Time tables and track routes may have been updated. Please refer to the official timetable for updated timings.
What is the status of local transportation?
Metro: Metro services are operating at reduced capacity after the lockdown was lifted in the country. Face masks have to be worn at all times. Travelers have to maintain strict social distancing protocol.
Trams: Tram operations within cities have resumed at full frequency.
Buses: Buses are operating as usual. However, hygiene rules are very strict and passengers without a mask may be denied entry for the safety of the other guests in the bus.
Taxis: Taxi services have resumed within the country with reduced capacity. However, passengers have to wear a mask and follow hygiene protocols throughout
Where to go in France
Paris offers an array of iconic experiences such as witnessing the Eiffel tower and exploring the impressive Louver Museum. However, there is much more to France than Paris. Be it gliding down the slopes of the snow-capped Alps, paying tribute to years bygone at the elaborate Versailles Palace or offering a prayer at the Notre Dame Cathedral, this country will not disappoint.
Things to do in France
From the cliff-top village of Rocamadour to the ancient Roman city of Nimes, France offers a variety of cultural and gastronomic experiences. Don’t forget to visit France’s wine capital- Bordeaux - for a glass of sparkling.
New Rules and Reopening of Tourist Attractions in France
France is one of the most historically and culturally rich nations in Europe. Its elaborate architecture and classic artworks bring together a distinguished, yet subtle artistic heritage that can be experienced everywhere in the country. Walk along the winding bylanes of the Old Quarters, look out for iconic landmarks as you cruise down the Seine river and marvel at the illustrious Versailles Palace.
Away from the Crowd
While Paris has undoubtedly created a name for itself among visitors, France has many other equally exciting and beautiful destinations to offer. Monet’s hometown Giverny, the historic island of Mont Saint-Michel and the vineyards of Champagne are merely a few of these hidden gems.
Post COVID Travel Essentials for France
You must be wondering about what measures and safety guidelines to follow before and during your trip. This section takes you through everything you need to know to plan a safe trip, including visa and passport essentials, travel insurance, what to pack, etc.
N-95 masks N95 mask is a global-standard respirator mask that is made from polypropylene and can filter out at least 95% of very small (0.3 micron) particles. N95 masks are also capable of filtering out all types of pathogens, including bacteria and viruses. With mandatory use of masks across airports and all forms of social interactions, it's mandatory that you carry at least 2 masks with yourself.
Gloves Non-sterile patient examination gloves, which are routinely used in healthcare settings, are appropriate for keeping your hands from getting contaminated. Remember to carry a bunch due to their disposable nature.
Hand sanitizer Hand sanitizers sold in pharmacies typically have an alcohol concentration of around 60%. It has been observed that hand sanitizers with at least 60% alcohol concentration work effectively and can inactive the novel coronavirus. Though most attractions are reopening with sanitisation stations, it's only beneficial to carry your own in case you run into an emergency.
Portable charger We all understand the value of staying connected in these times. As travel in the post COVID world moves towards a more contact-free and digital experience, it’s important that you always carry a portable charger when you travel.
Digital thermometer & first-aid kit You can prevent unnecessary trips to the hospital if you carry a first-aid kit with yourself. Take a digital thermometer along as they’re durable and you can keep a regular check on your body temperature.
Extra clothes Carry an extra pair of clothes with you that you wear only at the airports or other places with heavy footfall while traveling. While catching the air-borne virus can be prevented by wearing masks and social distancing, carrying an extra pair of clothes just minimises the risk that much further.
Ziplock bags Use zip lock bags to isolate pieces of clothing or items that you will not be using again. This will prevent any possibility of cross-contamination.
Wash your hands frequently Wash your hands with soap regularly and thoroughly to remove pathogens. You can also use alcohol-based sanitizers with at least 60% alcohol to kill bacteria and viruses.
Maintain distance and avoid close contact (6 feet or 2 arms length) Maintain at least 6feet distance between yourself and others. When someone coughs or sneezes, or speaks they spray small liquid droplets from their nose or mouth which may contain virus.
Always wear a mask in public Since COVID-19 is a respiratory disease and is air-borne, wear a mask, coupled with social distancing to prevent getting infected and/or spreading it to others.
Clean and disinfect surfaces Clean surfaces using soap and water, then use disinfectant. Cleaning with soap and water reduces the number of germs, dirt and impurities on the surface. Disinfecting kills germs on surfaces.
Travel insurance is now going to become even more important than it was. Whether it’s regarding flight cancellations or medical emergencies, insurance while traveling is going to play a major part in our travel planning and expenses. There are 5 major types of insurances available for you to consider:
Trip Cancellation These insurances cover you if you were to cancel your trip due to unforeseen events such as illness, injury, or death suffered by the insured or a member of the insured’s immediate family. Some policies however exclude trip cancellation in the event of war or civil disturbance.
Flight Delay/Cancellation Flight delay/cancellation insurance pays for new travel arrangements/flight tickets and in some cases, accommodations and meals. This depends on your provider so read your policy carefully.
Medical Insurance Medical insurance covers the cost of transportation in case of emergency medical evacuation, due to injury or sickness. Some medical insurances also cover COVID-19 infections should you get infected after the effective policy date.
You may sometimes end up having to pay up front for your medical services, which will then be reimbursed by your insurance company. In other cases, the insurance company will provide “proof of direct payment” to the healthcare provider.
Baggage Loss Baggage loss insures you in case your luggage is lost, delayed, or stolen. It sometimes includes a cash payment if your bags are delayed for more than 12/24 hours after you arrive at your destination.
Travel Document Protection Travel document protection insurance covers you so that you can replace a lost passport or other travel documents.
Seek medical attention if you have any of the following symptoms:
- Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
- Troubled breathing
- New confusion
- Inability to wake or stay awake
- Bluish lips or face
If you think you have been exposed to novel coronavirus (COVID-19) or have any of the symptoms mentioned above, seek medical attention immediately.
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Post COVID International Travel
The word is reopening again. Pockets of movement and travel bubbles have begun to pop up. While the cautious may stick to their own shores and travel domestically, international travel looks to be slowly recovering. In our extensive report linked below, you can learn about each country’s international travel policies, their current status with regards to COVID-19 numbers and the travel regulations in place.
The report also looks at 500+ major tourist attractions around the world and regularly updates their opening dates and rules of visiting in real-time. We also take a close look at how COVID-19 will impact the way we make our travel plans - picking destinations, choosing the right time to visit, packing essentials and more. Click on a link to read more.