COVID-19 - Restrictions on entering Metropolitan France and its territorial communities [fr]

As part of the implementation of the emergency health situation in France, restrictions have been placed on entering Metropolitan France and its territorial communities.

Who can enter French territory?

European Union citizens, and those from 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, regardless of their place of residence.

Foreigners with a valid residence permit, including a long-stay visa valid as a residence permit, can enter France.

Furthermore, the validity of documents authorizing stays in France has been extended for 3 months.

In limited cases (particularly the transport of goods), foreigners with a short-term visa may be authorized to enter France.

If you are French, naturally you can continue to enter France and travel to your home, along with your spouse and children.

Exempted movement certificates

To return to Metropolitan France, you must fill out and carry with you two documents:

  • the exempted movement certificate for Metropolitan France which can be downloaded on the Ministry of the Interior’s website. You must present this certificate to travel companies before using your travel ticket, as well as to border control authorities (for travel by air, sea and land, including by rail).
  • the exempted movement certificate which will enable you to return to your home in France, which can be downloaded on the Ministry of the Interior’s website. This certificate must be presented if you are stopped at a police checkpoint between your place of arrival in France and your home.

If you are returning home to a French territorial community, you must fill out and carry with you two documents:

  • the exempted international movement certificate for French territorial communities, which can be downloaded on the Ministry of the Interior’s website. You must present this certificate to travel companies before using your travel ticket, as well as to border control authorities (for travel by air, sea and land, including by rail).
  • the exempted movement certificate which will enable you to return to your home in France, which can be downloaded on the Ministry of the Interior’s website. This certificate must be presented if you are stopped at a police checkpoint between your place of arrival in France and your home.

These documents can be downloaded in French and English on the Ministry of the Interior’s website

publié le 09/04/2020

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