France is open to tourists from the EU, 6 non-European countries and the United Kingdom

France is open to tourists from EU countries and some other European and 6 non-European nations. Permitted visitors must bring a negative COVID-19 test or agree to take the test on arrival and undergo a 7-day quarantine if testing at the point of departure is not possible.

France eased travel restrictions and now travelers from seven previously banned countries can be admitted for any purpose. The authorities also included family issues as a compelling reason to travel to France from prohibited countries.

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April 8 – France faces a new national blockade

Due to a struggle with what the French government calls the “EU-wide delay in launching the vaccine”, France had to impose a severe third nationwide blockade from April 3 until at least the beginning of May .

As the country’s hospitals are overloaded with patients with COVID-19 and the French government has had to close all non-essential businesses, including schools.

The new national curfew runs from 7:00 pm to 6:00 am.

March 20 – Suspension of travel ban to seven countries

Travelers from Australia, Israel, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea and the United Kingdom are allowed to enter France for any purpose.

All arrivals from these countries must have a negative result from the COVID-19 test carried out 72 hours before departure. They will also need to isolate themselves for 7 days and complete one sworn statement.

Travelers from prohibited countries who need to travel to France for family reasons may also be allowed entry. (Source)

February 26 – New three-week block in Paris

Paris lawmakers are aiming to impose a strict new three-week deadline lockdown in an attempt to contain an increase in coronavirus infections in the city and in more than a dozen additional regions. The start date has not yet been confirmed.

Vaccination implementation

France totally vaccinated 350,000 people and administered the first dose to almost 2 million people. However, the government is experiencing delays in its vaccination program due to a lack of supplies.

January 31 – France prohibits travel from countries outside the EU

The travel ban comes in response to new strains of the virus that circulate around the world.

The United Kingdom is not included in the list of allowed countries due to their departure from the EU, however, they make an exception for the transport of goods between the two countries.

France - travel restrictions

Which countries are allowed to enter France for tourism without quarantine?

Citizens and residents of the EU and the Schengen area, in addition to 6 other non-European nations, can enter for any reason, including tourism.

  • Andorra
  • Australia
  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Bulgaria
  • Croatia
  • Republic of Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Ireland
  • Israel
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Latvia
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Malta
  • Monaco
  • Netherlands
  • New Zealand
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Romania
  • San Marino
  • Singapore
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • South Korea
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • The United Kingdom

Can Americans enter France?

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Americans are not allowed to enter France for tourism or business reasons. Only Americans with a really compelling reason to travel will be considered.

Can people from other countries visit France?

Unfortunately, only visitors from outside the EU from the UK, Australia, South Korea, Israel, Japan, New Zealand and Singapore are currently allowed.

In addition, foreigners who have been granted permanent or temporary residence in France can enter.

Are there specific rules for French overseas territories?

Travel restrictions in France

Specific rules for overseas territories are available on the following websites:

How can visitors from outside the EU assess whether their trip is essential?

For people who need to travel to France, but whose passport belongs to one of the restricted countries, there is a possibility of being admitted to one of these categories.

  • Foreign students on a long-term visa.
  • Academics who were invited by -or working for- a higher education institution.
  • Group members involved in the transport of goods or persons, or the crew of fishing vessels.
  • Family reunification for children, spouse or parents of a French citizen.
  • Essential Workers as diplomats and health professionals.

Is the border with France and Spain open?

Yes, the border between France and Spain is completely open, without any restrictions or travel requirements.

Are there additional requirements for foreigners coming from a restricted country?

Check for additional restrictions and requirements on here.

Additional entry requirements visit France

  1. International travel certificate for mainland France (link) or an exceptional travel certificate to overseas territories (link)
  2. Sworn statement that the visitor has no symptoms of COVID-19.
  3. Negative COVID-19 test with less than 72 hours.

Are there any additional restrictions on traveling to or from overseas territories?

Please note that all trips to or from French Guyana, French Polynesia, Mayotte, New Caledonia or the Wallis and Futuna Islands is completely restricted except for absolute necessity related to family or work.

COVID-19 cases in France

From April 8, France is struggling to contain a new wave of coronavirus infections. So far, the country has reported 4,939,258 confirmed COVID cases and 98,065 deaths.

Is it safe to visit France now?

France was placed as a “Level 4: Very High Level of COVID-19” by the due to its high infection rate and it is not safe to visit it at the moment.

What is open in France now?

Only essential businesses are open until the beginning of May.

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