France: COVID-19 Travel Bans & Travel RestrictionsUpdated on 18 jun 2021, 17:26 UTC+8
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Entry into FrancePartially restricted
All persons must present proof of a negative RT-PCR test result for COVID-19 issued no more than 72 hours prior to departure.
Persons arriving from certain countries or regions are required to undergo a 7-day quarantine upon arrival.
French authorities designate countries and regions as either "green," "orange," or "red" depending on the epidemiological situation in those locations with respect to COVID-19. Pre-departure testing and on-arrival quarantine requirements differ based on a traveler’s vaccination status. Vaccinated travelers must carry proof they have, at least 14 days prior to their scheduled departure, completed a full vaccination regimen using a two-shot COVID-19 vaccine authorized for use by the European Medicines Agency (EMA), or proof they have, at least 28 days prior to departure, completed a full vaccination regimen using a one-shot COVID-19 vaccine authorized for use by the EMA.
All persons must present a sworn declaration stating that: 1) the traveler is not exhibiting symptoms consistent with COVID-19, 2) the traveler has not, in the 14 days prior to their scheduled departure, had contact with anyone confirmed to have COVID-19, and 3) the traveler agrees to undergo testing for COVID-19 upon arrival in France. This policy does not apply to vaccinated travelers arriving from "green" locations. Persons who fail to produce the necessary documentation will be prohibited from boarding flights bound for France. Travel declarations are available from the French Ministry of the Interior's website at the following URL: https://www.interieur.gouv.fr/Actualites/L-actu-du-Ministere/Certificate-of-international-travel
From June 17, 2021, "green" locations are countries and regions in the European Union, countries and regions associated with the Schengen Area, Andorra, Australia, Canada, Israel, Japan, Lebanon, Monaco, New Zealand, San Marino, Singapore, South Korea, Switzerland, and the United States. Unvaccinated travelers arriving from "green" locations must carry proof of a negative result for COVID-19 issued no more than 72 hours prior to departure using a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test. This policy does not apply to persons who reside within 30 km of the border and intend to remain in France for less than 24 hours.
Foreign nationals seeking to travel from "orange" locations are prohibited from entering France. This policy does not apply to vaccinated travelers or to persons with "pressing grounds" for travel. All persons (including vaccinated travelers) authorized to travel from "orange" locations must carry proof of a negative result for COVID-19 issued no more than 72 hours prior to departure using a PCR test or 48 hours prior to departure using an antigenic test. Unvaccinated travelers authorized to travel from "orange" locations must self-isolate for 7-days upon arrival in France and may be subject to additional testing requirements.
Foreign nationals seeking to travel from the following "red" locations are prohibited from entering France: Afghanistan, Argentina, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Paraguay, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Suriname, and Uruguay. This policy does not apply to persons who have "pressing grounds" for travel. All persons (including vaccinated travelers) authorized to travel from "red" locations must carry proof of a negative result for COVID-19 issued no more than 48 hours prior to departure using a PCR test or antigenic test and must undergo additional testing upon arrival in France. Unvaccinated travelers arriving from "red" locations must undergo a 10-day quarantined in a designated facility. Vaccinated travelers arriving from "red" locations must self-isolate for 7 days.
More information, including an updated list of country and region designations, is available at the following URL: https://www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/en/coming-to-france/coronavirus-advice-for-foreign-nationals-in-france/
Returning to United StatesEntry prohibited
From May 4, 2021, foreign nationals who have visited any of the following countries or regions within 14 days of their arrival in the United States are prohibited from entering: Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, India, Iran, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Mainland China, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Vatican City, and the United Kingdom. This policy provides limited exemptions for persons providing vital support for critical infrastructure, journalists, students, and certain academics covered by exchange visitor programs.
All persons traveling to the United States (including US nationals) must present proof of a negative result for COVID-19 issued no more than 3 days to departure using a nucleic acid or antigen test. Alternatively, persons who, at any point within 90 days of their scheduled departure for the United States, tested positive for COVID-19 may present "documentation of recovery" for travel to the United States. This must include proof of the positive test result along with a certificate from a recognized healthcare provider attesting that the traveler is not currently exhibiting symptoms consistent with COVID-19 is and cleared for travel. All travelers must additionally sign a form attesting that the information provided to airline staff is truthful and accurate to the best of the traveler's knowledge. Persons lacking such proof are prohibited from boarding flights bound for the United States. More information including post-travel recommendations is available via the following URL: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/testing-international-air-travelers.html
The United States government has mostly suspended the issuing of new visas and all US land border checkpoints with Canada and Mexico are closed to non-essential traffic. Additional restrictions are in place for persons holding special category visas including H-1B, H-2B, J-1, and L-1 visas. All travelers are encouraged to contact their local US embassy or consulate prior to finalizing travel arrangements. When arriving into or traveling within the United States, all persons must wear masks covering their mouth and nose while aboard any conveyance or at any transportation hub. Be advised, various state and local authorities in the United States have implemented additional policies and restrictions for persons arriving into their jurisdictions.