Certificate of international travel

Certificate of international travel
22 mai 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 11 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 : Countries where no active viral circulation has been reported and no relevant variants identified. These are European area countries, plus Australia, Israel, Japan, Lebanon, New Zealand, Singapore and South Korea.
  • “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, e.g., the United Kingdom, the United States or Canada.
  • “Red list” countries : Countries where active viral circulation has been reported, including relevant variants. These include the following countries: Argentina, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa - Rica, India, Nepal, Pakistan, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Suriname, Turkey and Uruguay.

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

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

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

  • European Union member states;
  • Andorra, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway, San Marino, Switzerland and the Vatican;
  • Australia, Israel, Japan, Lebanon, New Zealand, Singapore and South Korea.

The green 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 one dose for Johnson & Johnson vaccine and 14 days after the administration of a second dose for other vaccines (Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca).

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 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.

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 the transport company and border control authorities with a negative PCR or antigenic test no more than 72 hours prior to departure (departure of first flight in case of connecting flights). Children aged below eleven years 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 one dose for Johnson & Johnson vaccine and 14 days after the administration of a second dose for other vaccines (Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca).

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

All travellers arriving from an amber list country must present the transport company and border control authorities with a negative PCR test less than 72 hours prior to departure (first flight departure in case of connecting travel) or a negative antigen test less than 48 hours prior to departure (first flight departure in case of connecting flight). Children aged below eleven years are exempt from testing.

Vaccinated travellers must also provide:

  • A sworn statement certifying the absence of COVID-19 symptoms and of any contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19;
  • Proof of their vaccination status.

Unvaccinated travellers must also provide:

  • 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: Argentina, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, India, Nepal, Pakistan, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Suriname, Turkey and Uruguay.

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 one dose for Johnson & Johnson vaccine and 14 days after the administration of a second dose for other vaccines (Pfizer, Moderna and AstraZeneca).

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

All 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

Only travellers with a compelling reason shall 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

All travellers arriving from a red list country must present the transport company and border control authorities with a negative PCR or antigenic test no more than 48 hours prior to departure (departure of first flight in case of connecting flights). Children aged below eleven years are exempt from testing.

Vaccinated travellers must also provide:

  • 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 their vaccination status;
  • 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.

Unvaccinated travellers will be systematically quarantined or isolated by prefectural order on arrival in metropolitan France, for a period of ten days with restrictions on the time they can leave the isolation facility (except in case of transit in an international zone).

They must also provide:

  • 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.