Data Last Updated: October 22, 2020
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.
Mask is required to be worn in all public indoor, public transport and all outdoor areas.
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
Antigua and Barbuda
Bosnia and Herzegovina
British Virgin Islands
Central African Republic
Democratic Republic of Congo
Isle of Man
Northern Mariana Islands
Papua New Guinea
Republic of Congo
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Saint Pierre and Miquelon
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Sao Tome and Principe
Svalbard and Jan Mayen
Trinidad and Tobago
Turks and Caicos
U.S. Virgin Islands
United Arab Emirates
Wallis and Futuna
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
- South Africa
- the United Arab Emirates
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
- 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.
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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.
19,638Cases Per Million
Graph of COVID-19 Cases In Last 30 Days