Travel restrictions

France

Summary

France has introduced restrictions for travelers who are not French nationals, and the French government has urged French nationals to avoid travel unless it’s absolutely essential. Previous border closures with EU countries have now been lifted.

US citizens returning home may transit through a French airport, but must have the completed attestation form, available here.

Travelers arriving in France from outside of Europe must self-isolate for 14 days if they have no symptoms. Anyone displaying symptoms could be subject to quarantine for up to 30 days.

As of June 2, France has entered the next phase of de-confinement, in which the 100 km limit on travel within France no longer applies. Groups are still limited to a maximum of 10 people in public spaces. Certain public services are now open.

American citizens in France should know that the French government has decided to suspend the issuance of all visas until further notice, and has canceled already standing visa application appointments.

Americans on a short-stay visa or Schengen visa that is about to expire should contact the nearest Police Prefecture which may be able to prolong their visa or issue a temporary residence authorization. They must keep the “attestation form” and their passport with them at all times when leaving the house.

Flights to the US are available – Delta Airlines is flying between Paris Charles de Gaulle and Atlanta five days a week, and Air France is flying to Los Angeles three days a week and New York three days per week.

Borders

France has restricted the entry of all travelers arriving from non-Schengen Member States. However, French borders with other European Union member states are now open. Starting June 15, travelers from European countries (EU member states as well as Andorra, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway, San Marino, Switzerland, and the Vatican) will be able to enter French territory without restrictions previously created because of COVID-19. These travelers will no longer need to present the International Travel Certificate or quarantine for 14 days upon arrival.

All other travelers must have an International Travel Certificate to enter and transit France, which must be obtained prior to departure via the French consular offices abroad or online at https://www.interieur.gouv.fr.

Exemptions

Nationals of France and their spouses and children, long-term residents with French residence permits and their spouses and children, long-term residents of EEA Member States, Andorra, Monaco, San Marino, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, or the Vatican, and their spouses and children on their way home, and healthcare professionals may still enter the country. Airline crew, personnel of diplomatic and consular missions and international organizations with offices in France and their spouses and children, and merchant seamen may also enter.

Quarantine policy

Travelers arriving in mainland France from outside the UK, EU, Andorra, Vatican City, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway, and Switzerland are requested to comply with a voluntary 14-day self-quarantine upon arrival. Travelers arriving in overseas French territories, as well as any travelers showing symptoms of COVID-19, will have to carry out a mandatory 14 day quarantine at home or in a facility chosen by the government.

State regulations

While the lockdown has been almost entirely lifted in France, people should remain vigilant and exercise caution. Everyone is expected to practice social distancing (one meter), use cloth face coverings, and avoid large public gatherings (limited to 10 people or fewer). Shops, bars, restaurants, cinemas, casinos, and other venues are open with health procedures in place. Nightclubs are closed. Stadiums and racetracks will reopen on July 11, limited to 5,000 people per venue. River cruises will resume on July 11.

Masks must be worn on all public transport, trains (inter-regional transport), taxis and carpooling vehicles, on planes and in airports. The previous 100 km limit on travel within France no longer applies.

In Île-de-France (the greater Parisian region), public transport may only be used by passengers attending a medical consultation, going to work, school or a place of care during rush hour. Passengers going to work must carry a travel certificate from their employer; those traveling for other reasons must carry this attestation form.

Embassy and consulate contact information
Phone number: US Embassy Paris, France +33 (1) 43 12 22 22, Consulate General Marseille, France +33 (1) 43 12 22 22

Quick answers

Yes – France has restricted the entry of all travelers arriving from non-Schengen Member States. However, French borders with other European Union member states are now open. Starting June 15, travelers from European countries (EU member states as well as Andorra, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway, San Marino, Switzerland, and the Vatican) will be able to enter French territory without restrictions previously created because of COVID-19. More
Yes and no– as of June 2, France has entered the next phase of de-confinement, in which the 100 km limit on travel within France no longer applies. However, air travel between metropolitan France and an overseas territory or Corsica, between metropolitan France and Corsica, or between overseas territories or Corsica, is only permitted for family emergencies and professional reasons. Travelers may be subject to quarantine upon arrival. More
Yes – the land borders are currently closed until further notice. Only cross-border goods and commuters will be allowed through. More
Paris Orly airport (ORY) is closed and all its flights have been moved to Paris Charles de Gaulle airport (CDG). At Charles de Gaulle airport, Terminal 1, 2C, 2D, 2G and 3 are all closed until further notice, with flights consolidated to other terminals.

Flights from France to the US are available. Delta Airlines is currently offering service between Paris-Charles de Gaulle and Atlanta five days a week. Air France continues to offer direct flights to Los Angeles three days a week and New York JFK three days per week.
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The French government has requested travelers entering the country from anywhere outside of the European Economic Area, Andorra, Monaco or the UK to voluntarily self-isolate for 14 days at home or another suitable location. Travelers showing symptoms of COVID-19, will have to carry out a mandatory 14-day quarantine at home or in a facility chosen by the government. More
Yes and no – cafes, bars, and restaurants are fully open, as are schools and public transportation. Everyone is expected to practice social distancing (one meter), use cloth face coverings, and avoid large gatherings that may spread the virus. Masks must be worn on all public transport, trains (inter-regional transport), taxis and carpooling vehicles, on planes and in airports. More
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