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Detailed Restriction/Reopening Information For France
Data Last Updated: October 22, 2020

General Information

Partially Open

At present France is starting to allow travellers from the EEA
 (European Economic Area) and certain low risk countries as recommended by the EU council.

French/EU citizens arriving from high risk countries outside the EU are subject to testing, more information here

No compulsory quarantine for travellers from EU, Schengen area and UK.

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Mask Requirement

Mask is required to be worn in all public indoor, public transport and all outdoor areas.

Internal Restrictions/Closures

Following a significant increase in COVID-19 infection rates, authorities in France will further tighten restrictions and introduce a curfew in an additional 38 departments from Oct. 24.

A daily 2100-0600 curfew will be in place in Ain, Alpes-Maritimes, Ardeche, Ardennes, Ariege, Aube, Aveyron, Bas-Rhin, Calvados, Corse-du-Sud, Cote-d'Or, Drome, Gard, Hautes-Alpes, Haute-Corse, Haute-Loire, Hautes-Pyrenees, Haute-Savoie, Haute-Vienne, Ille-et-Vilaine, Indre-et-Loire, Jura, Loiret, Lozere, Maine-et-Loire, Marne, Meurthe-et-Moselle, Oise, Pas-de -Calais, the Puy-de-Dôme, the Pyrenees-Atlantiques, the Pyrenees-Orientales; Saone-et-Loire, Savoie, Tarn, Tarn-et-Garonne, Var, Vaucluse, and French Polynesia. 

People will be permitted to leave their homes for essential purposes such as hospital visits and critical work duties during curfew hours; however, individuals will need a special permit, which is available on the Ministry of Interior's website. Persons who violate the curfew will face fines.

Authorities have mandated the nationwide use of protective face coverings in enclosed public spaces, including shared workspaces, while a number of local jurisdictions, including Paris, also require their use in outdoor public spaces. Nationwide, public gatherings are limited to six people; festivities are suspended.

Most businesses and services, with the exception of those in areas under elevated alert levels, are permitted to resume operations, provided they comply with strict hygiene and social distancing requirements. Individuals from different households are required to observe social distancing of at least 1 meter (3 feet). National authorities can increase a region's alert level at short notice, and local authorities in areas with heightened alert levels can implement additional restrictions on movement, gatherings, and businesses as they see fit.

Airlines & Transport

Flights from all over the EU are flying directly into French airports multiple times daily. Flights from the newly approved ‘third-party’ countries are also starting to resume.

Direct flights are coming in from almost every major city throughout the EU.

Status of Opening to Tourists

Information based on tourists place of residence being in that country for the last 14 days

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Open to Tourists From:

45 Countries

Andorra

Australia

Austria

Belgium

Bulgaria

Canada

Croatia

Cyprus

Czech Republic

Denmark

Estonia

Finland

France

Georgia

Germany

Greece

Hungary

Iceland

Ireland

Italy

Japan

Latvia

Liechtenstein

Lithuania

Luxembourg

Malta

Monaco

Netherlands

New Zealand

Norway

Poland

Portugal

Romania

Rwanda

San Marino

Slovakia

Slovenia

South Korea

Spain

Sweden

Switzerland

Thailand

Tunisia

United Kingdom

Uruguay

Not Allowing Tourists From:

198 Countries

Afghanistan

Albania

Algeria

American Samoa

Angola

Anguilla

Antarctica

Antigua and Barbuda

Argentina

Armenia

Aruba

Azerbaijan

Bahamas

Bahrain

Bangladesh

Barbados

Belarus

Belize

Benin

Bermuda

Bhutan

Bolivia

Bonaire

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Botswana

Brazil

British Virgin Islands

Brunei

Burkina Faso

Burundi

Cambodia

Cameroon

Cape Verde

Cayman Islands

Central African Republic

Chad

Chile

China

Christmas Island

Cocos Islands

Colombia

Comoros

Cook Islands

Costa Rica

Cuba

Curaçao

Democratic Republic of Congo

Djibouti

Dominica

Dominican Republic

Ecuador

Egypt

El Salvador

Equatorial Guinea

Eritrea

Eswatini

Ethiopia

Falkland Islands

Faroe Islands

Fiji

French Guiana

French Polynesia

Gabon

Gambia

Ghana

Gibraltar

Greenland

Grenada

Guadeloupe

Guam

Guatemala

Guernsey

Guinea

Guinea-Bissau

Guyana

Haiti

Honduras

Hong Kong

India

Indonesia

Iran

Iraq

Isle of Man

Israel

Ivory Coast

Jamaica

Jersey

Jordan

Kazakhstan

Kenya

Kiribati

Kuwait

Kyrgyzstan

Laos

Lebanon

Lesotho

Liberia

Libya

Macao

Macedonia

Madagascar

Malawi

Malaysia

Maldives

Mali

Marshall Islands

Martinique

Mauritania

Mauritius

Mayotte

Mexico

Micronesia

Moldova

Mongolia

Montenegro

Montserrat

Morocco

Mozambique

Myanmar

Namibia

Nauru

Nepal

New Caledonia

Nicaragua

Niger

Nigeria

Niue

Norfolk Island

North Korea

Northern Mariana Islands

Oman

Pakistan

Palau

Palestine

Panama

Papua New Guinea

Paraguay

Peru

Philippines

Pitcairn

Puerto Rico

Qatar

Republic of Congo

Réunion

Russia

Saint Barthélemy

Saint Helena

Saint Kitts and Nevis

Saint Lucia

Saint Martin

Saint Pierre and Miquelon

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

Samoa

Sao Tome and Principe

Saudi Arabia

Senegal

Serbia

Seychelles

Sierra Leone

Singapore

Sint Maarten

Solomon Islands

Somalia

South Africa

South Georgia

South Sudan

Sri Lanka

Sudan

Suriname

Svalbard and Jan Mayen

Syria

Taiwan

Tajikistan

Tanzania

Timor-Leste

Togo

Tokelau

Tonga

Trinidad and Tobago

Turkey

Turkmenistan

Turks and Caicos

Tuvalu

U.S. Virgin Islands

Uganda

Ukraine

United Arab Emirates

United States

Uzbekistan

Vanuatu

Vatican City

Venezuela

Vietnam

Wallis and Futuna

Western Sahara

Yemen

Zambia

Zimbabwe

More Details

France began relaxing its travel restrictions for tourism as of June 15, 2020, starting with a list of EU nations.

By July 1st, 2020 it was further expanded to a number of third-party nations outside the EU.

Here is the latest information about entry regulations and information about France's reopening

Who Can Travel To France?

Initially France reopened its borders to most of the EU/EEA member states. Later on on July 1st, France responded to the EU's suggestion by allowing travelers from third approved countries to visit:


Serbia and Montenegro have recently been removed due to a growing number of COVID-19 cases in those countries. China will only be included if they allow French tourists in their country as well.

France mentioned that the lists are not based on nationality, but where the traveler has been in the last 14 days.

That is to say that all travelers from the list above are allowed entry, as long as they are coming from one of these approved countries and have been within the approved countries for at least 14 days. Everyone must also be traveling with valid documents, in order to be granted entry into France.

Is There A Mandatory Testing/Quarantine Upon Arrival?

For the approved countries listed above, at this time, there is no mandatory testing or quarantines upon arrival. However, passengers should expect a health screening from border officials, as well as agree to temperature scans.

French or EU Citizens Arriving From Other Countries

French or EU Citizens eligible to enter France, arriving from these countries are subject to mandatory COVID-19 testing:

  • United States
  • Brazil
  • Algeria
  • Bahrain
  • Israel
  • India
  • South Africa
  • Kuwait
  • Qatar
  • the United Arab Emirates
  • Oman
  • Panama
  • Peru
  • Serbia
  • Turkey
  • Madagascar.

Other Entry Rules For France

  • Above all, like any other person, of French, European, or foreign nationality wishing to go to France or transit through France, you must present an international travel certificate to the transport companies.
  • The passenger must also present a sworn statement attesting that he/she has no symptoms of COVID-19 infection.
  • Most importantly, travelers should wear face masks and practice social distancing.

What's Open in France?

  • Hotels and accommodations
  • Restaurants and Cafes
  • Parks and gardens
  • Beaches
  • Museums
  • Cinemas
  • Shopping malls
  • River Cruises
  • Stadiums and race tracks with a maximum capacity of 5,000 people.
  • As with performance halls, activities involving over 1,500 people must be pre-declared so that the necessary precautions can be guaranteed.
  • The maximum capacity of 5,000 people for major events, stadiums, and performance halls will remain in effect until September 1.

To sum it up, mostly everything is open in France today. But have different capacity levels or operating hours.

You may also want to check France on our live map for its detailed restriction/reopening information.

Sources: Re-open EU | France Diplomacy


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Information for Non-Tourists

Travelers who are French or EU citizens coming from these high-risk countries will require a test on arrival:

United States, Brazil, Algeria, Bahrain, Israel, India, South Africa, Kuwait, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, Oman, Panama, Peru, Serbia, Turkey and Madagascar.

Effective July 30, every passenger and crew member of every flight, whatever their nationality or where they’re flying in from, must provide on arrival a completed Public Health Passenger Locator Form and Int’l Travel Certificate to Mainland France.

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