Conditions for entry into France: Mandatory presentation of a negative COVID-19 PCR test

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The state of emergency has been restored throughout France as of 17 October 2020 and has been extended until 1 June 2021.

1. Persons arriving from the European Area (European Union, Andorra, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway, San Marino, Vatican and Switzerland):

The French authorities recommend avoiding all non-essential journeys from the European space states to France, as well as from that state to the European space.

As of 31 January 2021, at 00:00, all persons over the age of 11 arriving in France from European countries are required to submit a PCR-type molecular test to the transport company and border control authorities. negative result for SARS-CoV-2 virus infection, taken up to 72 hours before travel.

The measure applies to all types of travel: air, sea, road and rail.

Road hauliers, cross-border workers and residents of border areas within a radius of 30 kilometers around their home are exempted from this measure (https://www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/fr/conseils-aux-voyageurs/informations-pr…).

At the same time, all passengers must submit to the transport company and the border control authorities a statement on their own responsibility, differentiated by age categories.

Thus, persons over the age of 11 must submit a statement stating that they have no symptoms of infection with the SARS-CoV-2 virus, that they are not aware that they have been in contact with a person confirmed with COVID-19 14 days prior to travel and agrees that a possible test for infection with SARS-CoV-2 virus be carried out on arrival in France

These measures also apply to persons in transit.

French authorities strongly recommends persons arriving in France from a European area state to isolate themselves for 7 days after arrival and to carry out, at the end of this period, a second PCR test for SARS-CoV-2 virus infection.

2. Persons arriving from outside the European Area (excluding Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Australia, the Republic of Korea, Israel, Japan, New Zealand and Singaporee):

Any entry into France and exit from French territory to and from a State outside the European Area is prohibited from 31 January 2021, except for travel for an absolutely necessary reason, personal / family, medical or professional emergencies, which cannot be postponed.

From 15 March this year, at 00:00, for persons traveling to / from the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Australia, the Republic of Korea, Israel, Japan, New Zealand and Singapore, no justification for the absolute reason is required. necessary in order to travel.

Starting with January 18, 2021, in accordance with the provisions of Decree no. 2021-31 of 15 January 2021, persons at least 11 years of age who are allowed to enter France for an absolutely necessary reason from a state outside the European Area must present a molecular PCR-type test with a negative result for infection with SARS-CoV-2 virus, performed a maximum of 72 hours before the flight date.

Excepted situations (absolutely necessary reasons) are mentioned in the travel certificate available on the website of the French Ministry of the Interior: https://www.interieur.gouv.fr/Actualites/L-actu-du-Ministere/Attestation-de-deplacement-et-de-voyage.

Persons who have to travel to France for an absolutely necessary reason and who come from countries where the PCR test cannot be performed before departure, must apply for a permit from the French embassy / consulate in that state before departure (essential / absolutely necessary reason of travel must be attested by supporting documents) and will take the test on arrival in France. At the same time, the persons in question will be quarantined for a period of 7 days in a hotel established by the French authorities. The list can be consulted at: https://www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/IMG/pdf/liste_des_hotels_cle48796e-1.pdf

The costs generated by the quarantine measure will be borne by the persons concerned.

All passengers must also submit on board a declaration stating that they have no specific symptoms of COVID-19, have not been in contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 in the last 14 days prior to departure and undertake to isolate for a period of 7 days after arrival in France, and at the end of this period perform a second PCR test.

Border with the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland:

France has adopted specific measures for persons arriving from the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. From 15 March 2021, entry to / from the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland is permitted, without giving the absolutely necessary reason for the trip. 

People moving to France must present a negative PCR test for SARS-CoV-2 virus infection, performed no later than 72 hours before departure (for persons over 11 years of age), as well as a self-declaration confirming the absence COVID-19 specific symptoms, accept a test for SARS-CoV-2 infection on entry into France and voluntary self-isolation for a period of 7 days, as well as a second PCR test at the end of the self-isolation period.

Careful! Romanian citizens transiting France to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland must present a molecular PCR test with a negative result for SARS-VOC-2 virus infection, performed no later than 72 hours before arrival in the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland, the test being mandatory regardless of the means of transport used.

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