Certificate of international travel

Certificate of international travel
23 juillet 2021

To deal with the virus and contain the introduction of its variants, border control measures are temporarily needed, both on entering and leaving the country.


Therefore, each time the border is crossed, the traveller will need to comply with the three different regulations which all apply:

  • The mobility rules: these set out the permitted reasons for travelling that allow entry into France given the current situation where the borders are closed. These permitted reasons are now strictly limited to compelling ones;
  • The health control measures: tests prior to and/or on arrival, the absence of symptoms, not having been in contact with a confirmed case, seven-day isolation period (seven-day quarantine), etc.
  • The usual rules govern the right to stay: all foreign travellers must present a valid passport at the border, as well as the usually required documents: in case of a short stay (less than 90 days), proof of resources and accommodation, and a short-stay visa if their nationality so requires; in case of plans to settle in France, a long-stay visa; in case of residency in France, a residence permit)

The nature of these measures for a given traveller in fact depends on several specific criteria:

  • The journey involves entering or leaving France;
  • The country the person is travelling from or to: France or other country of the European Area, other third countries including the United Kingdom;
  • The traveller’s nationality or country of residence;
  • The traveller’s age (over or under 12 years old).

Please find below the rules that apply to you depending on where you are travelling to or from.

Effective from 9 June, the movement of travellers between France and foreign countries will resume under terms and conditions that will vary according to the health status of these countries and the vaccination status of travellers.

Accordingly, countries have been classified based on health indicators. The lists of countries may be updated as the epidemic situation evolves.

The countries have therefore been classified as follows:

“Green list” countries or territories : Countries where no active viral circulation has been reported and no relevant variants identified. These are European area countries, plus Albania, Australia, Bosnia, Brunei, Canada, Hong-Kong, Israel, Japan, Kosovo, Lebanon, Montenegro, New Zealand, North Macedonia, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, South Korea, Taïwan, Ukraine, the United States, Union of Comoros and Vanuatu.

“Amber list” countries : Countries where active viral circulation in controlled proportions has been reported, albeit with no spread of relevant variants. These include all countries not featured on the “green” and “red” lists.

“Red list” countries : Countries where active viral circulation has been reported, including relevant variants. These include the following countries: Afghanistan, Argentina,  Bangladesh, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa-Rica, Cuba, Democratic Republic of Congo, Indonesia, Maldives, Mozambique, Namibia, Nepal, Oman, Pakistan,Paraguay, Russia, Seychelles, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Suriname, Tunisia, Uruguay and Zambia.

The measures applied to vaccinated adults are extended under the same conditions to their accompanying minors, whether vaccinated or not.

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Specific rules apply for road hauliers, find the information at this link .

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  Travel to/from a green list country or territory
  Travel to/from an amber list country
  Travel to/from a red list country

Countries or territories experiencing low viral circulation are classified in the green list by order of the Minister of Health, including:

  • the countries of the European area: Member States of the European Union as well as Andorra, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway, San Marino, Switzerland, Ukraine and the Vatican;
  • Albania, Australia, Saudi Arabia, Brunei, Bosnia, Canada, South Korea, United States, Hong Kong, Israel, Japan, Kosovo, Lebanon, North Macedonia, Montenegro, New Zealand, Serbia, Singapore, Taiwan, Union of Comoros and Vanuatu.

The green list of countries or territories may change depending on how the global epidemic evolves.

Applicable rules depend on the traveller’s vaccination status.

The vaccination schedule is considered complete 28 days after the administration of a dose for Janssen vaccine and 7 days after administration of a second dose for other vaccines (Pfizer / Comirnaty, Moderna, AstraZeneca / Vaxzevria/Covishield).

The measures applied to vaccinated adults are extended under the same conditions to their accompanying minors, whether vaccinated or not.

1) You wish to leave Metropolitan France

Travelers wishing to travel to a green list country or territory are advised to inquire before their departure about the conditions of entry into their country of destination.

2) You wish to enter Metropolitan France

2.1. Mobility rules and regulations

No restrictions shall apply when entering metropolitan France from a green list country or territory.

2.2. Health control measures

If you are already vaccinated, you must present proof of vaccination status and a sworn statement attesting to the absence of symptoms of covid-19 infection and contact with a confirmed case of covid-19.

If you are not vaccinated, you must present to the transport company and border control authorities a certificate of recovery older than eleven days and less than six months or a negative PCR or antigen test not older than 72 hours before departure (departure of first flight in the event of a connecting flights). Some countries in the European area have been placed under surveillance. For unvaccinated travelers from Cyprus, Spain, Greece, the Netherlands and Portugal, a negative PCR or antigen test of less than 24 hours is required.

Children under the age of twelve are exempt from testing. You must also present a sworn statement attesting to the absence of symptoms of covid-19 infection and contact with a confirmed case of covid-19.

2.3. Admission to stay

All foreign travellers must present a valid passport at the border as well as the usually required documents:

  • For a short stay (less than 90 days): Proof of resources and accommodation, and a short stay visa if applicable to their nationality;
  • For those planning to settle in France: A long-stay visa;
  • For those residing in France: A residence permit.

Statement of honor :

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Countries with active viral circulation in controlled proportions, neither classified in the green nor red list, are placed in the amber list by order of the Minister of Health.

The amber list of countries may change depending on how the global epidemic evolves.

Applicable rules depend on the traveller’s vaccination status.

The vaccination schedule is considered complete 28 days after the administration of a dose for Janssen vaccine and 7 days after administration of a second dose for other vaccines (Pfizer / Comirnaty, Moderna, AstraZeneca / Vaxzevria/Covishield).

The measures applied to vaccinated adults are extended under the same conditions to their accompanying minors, whether vaccinated or not.

1) You wish to leave Metropolitan France

If you are already vaccinated, no restrictions shall apply when leaving metropolitan France for an amber list country.

If you are not vaccinated, you must give a compelling reason for travelling to an amber list country.

The indicative list of compelling reasons is indicated on the downloadable certificate to leave Metropolitan France below.

The compelling reason will be confirmed in France prior to departure. In the event of a false statement or an invalid reason, boarding will be denied.

No foreign nationals travelling to their own country will be prevented from leaving French territory (although there is no guarantee that they will be able to return in the absence of a compelling reason).

No French or foreign national wishing to return to their country of residence or origin will be prevented from leaving French territory (without having any guarantee of being able to return there in the absence of a compelling reason). Travellers wishing to go in a amber list country are invited to inquire before their departure about the conditions of entry into their country of destination.

Certificate to leave Metropolitan France :

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2) You wish to enter Metropolitan France

2.1. Mobility rules and regulations

If you are already vaccinated, no restrictions shall apply when entering metropolitan France.

If you are not vaccinated, you must give a compelling reason to be allowed to enter metropolitan France. The tentative list of compelling reasons features on the certificate of entry into metropolitan France that can be downloaded below.

Travel certificate to Metropolitan France :

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2.2. Health control measures

If you are vaccinated, you must simply present proof of your vaccination status and a sworn statement certifying the absence of COVID-19 symptoms and of any contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19.

If you are not vaccinated, you must present the transport company and border control authorities with a negative PCR test taken less than 72 hours prior to departure or a negative antigen test taken less than 48 hours prior to departure. If you are from the United Kingdom and are not vaccinated, you must present a negative PCR or antigenic test taken less than 24 hours prior to departure.
The departure of the first flight in case of connecting flights. Children aged below twelve years are exempt from testing.

You will also need to present :

  • A sworn statement certifying the absence of COVID-19 symptoms and of any contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19;
  • A sworn undertaking to take an antigen test or biological examination on arrival in metropolitan France;
  • A sworn undertaking to self-isolate for seven days, and another sworn undertaking to take a biological virological screening test (PCR) at the end of the isolation period.

Statement of honor :

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2.3. Admission to stay

All foreign travellers must present a valid passport at the border as well as the usually required documents:

  • For a short stay (less than 90 days): Proof of resources and accommodation, and a short stay visa if applicable to their nationality;
  • For those planning to settle in France: A long-stay visa;
  • For those residing in France: A residence permit.

Countries with particularly active circulation of the COVID-19 epidemic or the spread of certain SARS-CoV-2 variants, posing a higher risk of increased transmissibility or immune escape are classified in the red list by order of the Minister of Health, including: Afghanistan, Argentina, Bangladesh, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Democratic Republic of Congo, Indonesia, Maldives, Mozambique, Nepal, Oman, Pakistan, Paraguay, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Suriname, Tunisia, Uruguay and Zambia.

The red list of countries may change depending on how the global epidemic evolves.

Applicable rules depend on the traveller’s vaccination status.

The vaccination schedule is considered complete 28 days after the administration of a dose for Janssen vaccine and 7 days after administration of a second dose for other vaccines (Pfizer / Comirnaty, Moderna, AstraZeneca / Vaxzevria/Covishield).

The measures applied to vaccinated adults are extended under the same conditions to their accompanying minors, whether vaccinated or not.

 

1) You wish to leave France

Only unvaccinated travellers must give a compelling reason to be allowed to travel to a red list country.

The indicative list of compelling reasons is indicated on the downloadable certificate to leave Metropolitan France below.

The compelling reason will be confirmed in France prior to departure. In the event of a false statement or an invalid reason, boarding will be denied.

No French or foreign national wishing to return to their country of residence or origin will be prevented from leaving French territory (without having any guarantee of being able to return there in the absence of a compelling reason). Travellers wishing to go in a red list country are invited to inquire before their departure about the conditions of entry into their country of destination.

Certificate to leave Metropolitan France :

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2) You wish to enter Metropolitan France

2.1 Mobility rules and regulations

If you are vaccinated, you are not subject to the compelling reasons system to be admitted into Metropolitan France.
If you are not vaccinated, you are subject to the compelling reasons system. The tentative list of compelling reasons features on the certificate of entry into metropolitan France that can be downloaded below.

Travel certificate to Metropolitan France :

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2.2. Health control measures

If you are vaccinated, you must simply present proof  of you vaccination status and a sworn statement certifying the absence of COVID-19 symptoms and of any contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19.
If you are not vaccinated, you must present the transport company and border control authorities with a negative PCR or antigenic test taken less than 48 hours prior to departure (departure of first flight in case of connecting flights). Children aged below twelve years are exempt from testing.
You will systematically be subject to a quarantine or isolation measure which will be announced in a prefectoral order on your arrival in Metropolitan France for a ten-day period, which will be accompanied by a restriction on the hours for leaving the place of isolation (except in the case of transit in an international zone).

You will also need to present:

  • A sworn statement certifying the absence of COVID-19 symptoms and of any contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19;
  • A sworn undertaking to take an antigen test or biological examination on arrival in metropolitan France;
  • Proof of home address or proper accommodation (hotel or equivalent), specifying, where applicable, how control officers can gain access to confirm compliance with the quarantine or isolation measures, except in cases of isolation in an accommodation facility provided by the administration (territorial isolation support units have been set up to assist isolated persons) or of transit in an international zone.

Statement of honor :

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2.3. Admission to stay

All foreign travellers must present a valid passport at the border as well as the usually required documents:

  • For a short stay (less than 90 days): Proof of resources and accommodation, and a short stay visa if applicable to their nationality;
  • For those planning to settle in France: A long-stay visa;
  • For those residing in France: A residence permit.