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Last updated on December 14
This page is for foreigners seeking entry to France.
If you are already on French territory and wish to leave,
Please visit the Interior Ministry’s English-language page

For minors under 12 years, the vaccine status of their parents or accompanying guardians shall apply.
EXCEPTIONS
> Individuals with a complete vaccination schedule arriving from a Member State of the European Union, Andorra, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway, San Marino, the Holy See or Switzerland.
Visit the Interior Ministry’s English-language page for more details

The entry conditions to French territory are defined by the classification of departure countries (countries and territories on ’green’, ’orange’, ’red’ and ’scarlet red’ lists) indicated below.
Visit this page for information concerning the Covid certificate for non-European visitors and students.
In the European Union, the “EU Digital Covid Certificate” has been implemented in all Member States.
It also concerns those vaccinated in Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Faroe Islands, Georgia, Holy See, Iceland, Israel, Lebanon, Liechtenstein, Moldova, Monaco, Morocco, New Zealand, North Macedonia, Norway, Panama, San Marino, Serbia, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine and the United Kingdom.
A certificate of recovery between 11 days and 6 months old may also serve as a COVID certificate. This document is issued to people who have contracted COVID-19, upon presentation of a positive RT-PCR or antigen test.
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In certain cases, you may be exempt from some of the rules for entering France if your reasons for visiting France are considered as ’pressing grounds’.


If your travel falls within one of the pressing grounds announced by the French government, a sworn declaration can be downloaded on the Ministry of the Interior’s website (in English). It must be presented upon boarding to the transport company and accompanied by the appropriate supporting documents. Examples of pressing grounds for travel can be found on the sworn declaration.
Where required, pressing grounds for travel do not concern partners of French citizens, their children, or European citizens and equivalent, their partners (spouses, civil partners or cohabiters), or their children, whose main residence is in mainland France or who are transiting through France to their main residence in a European Union country or equivalent, or the country of their nationality.
Those travelling to France on pressing grounds, from countries where the virological screening test (RT-PCR) cannot be done before departure, may request an exemption from presenting this test at departure (pressing grounds for travel must be proven), and must submit to a test upon arrival in France. They must isolate for 7 days.
Download the declaration template here
Exceptionally, civil partners and cohabiters will be considered as partners, on the condition that their usual residence is in the same household as the European citizen or foreign national holding a residence permit.
Partners of citizens of the European Union, the United Kingdom, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Andorra, Monaco and Switzerland, their spouses and children can enter France, as well as citizens of the Holy See and San Marino, their spouses and children, may be granted a visa.
Depending on your country of departure and your vaccination status, the procedures that apply to travel to France are different. We recommend you complete a full vaccination cycle before your departure to facilitate your arrival and daily life in France.

Students and researchers from Category 1 (“green” list) countries and territories
do not need to have proof of pressing grounds to travel to France.
For students and researchers from Category 2 (“orange” list) and Category 3 (“red” list) countries and territories, the following reasons are recognized as pressing grounds for travel:
Please note that each territory may apply separate measures via a prefectoral order. For more details on the COVID-19 restrictions in place in each territory, please consult the website of the corresponding prefecture. In addition, to tackle the new wave of the pandemic, further measures are in force as of 26 November 2021.
For more information on public health rules applicable to each territory, visit the website of the competent Prefecture:
You can also visit the dedicated website on the Government website: https://www.gouvernement.fr/info-coronavirus/outre-mer (in French)
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