Restrictions at the French border in response to the coronavirus


Travel in France

Since March 20, 2020, entry to France has been limited to people transiting through France, returning French nationals and permanent residents, and a small number of essential travel categories.

To enter France, you will need to complete an international travel certificate, which certifies that your trip is essential and confirms that you do not suffer from any of the listed symptoms associated with Covid19. This travel certificate is available on the website of the Ministry of the Interior.

If you enter France from the United Kingdom, the EU, Andorra, the Holy See, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway or Switzerland, you will need to fill in the travel certificate (in English) under “Certificate of derogatory travel to mainland France from: the European Union and Andorra, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway, San Marino, Switzerland, United Kingdom, Vatican”.

If you are entering France from other places or traveling to French overseas territories, you will need to complete personalized versions of the international travel certificate, available on the same web page.

The international travel certificate must be produced for entry, along with all supporting documents to substantiate the essential nature of your trip. If you enter or transit through France, depending on your situation, you must also have:

  • a travel declaration to certify the reason for your trip if your main residence is more than 100 km from your point of entry
  • a travel document if you travel to Île-de-France (Grand Paris) with public transport during rush hour (from 06:30 to 09:30 and from 16:00 to 19:00)

From May 25, a voluntary 14-day auto-quarantine will apply to those arriving in France outside the United Kingdom, the EU (except Spain where arrivals by plane will be invited to the car -quarantine) Andorra, Holy See, Iceland, Lichtenstein, Monaco, Norway and Switzerland.

Once the self-isolation measures come into effect for arrivals to the United Kingdom (scheduled for June 8), France will also require arrivals from the United Kingdom to observe a 14-day voluntary self-quarantine.

Travelers showing signs of COVID-19 infection on their arrival in mainland France must carry out a compulsory quarantine of 14 days at home or in a dedicated place indicated by the French authorities if home quarantine is not possible.

All travelers going to the French overseas departments and territories must also carry out a compulsory quarantine of 14 days.
Details and a list of exemptions from self-quarantine in France are contained in a press release from the Ministry of the Interior (in French) and its translation (in English).

Traveling to the UK

From June 8

As of June 8, new rules will be in place to enter the UK due to the coronavirus (COVID-19). The rules apply to residents and visitors.

Once these rules are in place, you:

  • need to provide your trip and contact details when traveling to the UK
  • not be allowed to leave where you are staying for the first 14 days of your stay in the UK, except in very limited situations (called “self-insulating”)

You don’t need to do these things now. But you should check for the latest public health advice on coronavirus before you travel, or if you’ve just arrived in the UK.

Once the rules are in place, you could be fined £ 100 if you refuse to provide your contact details, £ 1000 if you refuse to isolate yourself in England and Wales, or you could face other measures. You will soon be able to find more information on enforcement measures in Scotland and Northern Ireland on this page.

Full details and a list of UK self-quarantine exemptions are presented here.


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