From the onset of the crisis, the port health control mechanism helped to protect our health system and hold back the introduction into the national territory of variants with alarming features.
Mobilising on a weekly basis up to 6,000 members of the civil security service to carry out tests, border guards to check travellers’ health documents and internal security forces to oversee the isolation or quarantine measures decreed by the prefects, this mechanism was duly adjusted in response to the changing health conditions and Community regulations.
In light of the latest developments in the pandemic, the port health control system has been discontinued, pursuant to the law terminating the emergency measures instituted to combat the COVID-19 outbreak.
Accordingly, the rules previously applied to travellers to France no longer apply effective from 1 August 2022:
- Travellers are now exempt from any formalities prior to entry into France, be it in mainland France or overseas, and no longer required to present a health pass, regardless of the country or place of departure;
- Justification of travel (the “compelling reason”) is no longer required;
- Travellers are no longer required to present a sworn statement of non-contamination and an undertaking to undergo an antigen test or screening upon arrival in the country.
The same applies to travel between mainland France and each of the overseas territories.
Similarly, the French authorities no longer require any justification for outgoing travel from France, be it from mainland France or overseas, or any exit clearance to travel to another country.
However, foreign countries may continue to apply specific entry measures and formalities.
Lastly, the law allows the Government until 31 January 2023 to trigger “emergency brake” measures for a period not exceeding two months, acting on advice from the National Authority for Health, should a new COVID-19 variant appear and circulate that is likely to pose a serious health threat or, in the specific case of overseas territories, where there is a risk of saturation of the health system.