COVID-19: Information on measures upon arrival in France [ar] [fr]

The conditions for entering France will depend on your country of departure and your vaccination status. A list of countries of departure has been drawn up on the basis of the health indicators. The lists of countries can be altered based on changes in the epidemic situation. At the moment, the UAE are on the "orange" list.

In all cases, the usual travel restrictions apply (visas, duration of stay, etc.).

Update : 9th June, 2021

Can I enter France?

The conditions for entering France will depend on your country of departure and your vaccination status.

Only vaccines authorized by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) will be accepted, i.e. Pfizer (Comirnaty), Moderna, AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria) and Johnson & Johnson (Janssen).

A list of countries of departure has been drawn up on the basis of the health indicators. The lists of countries can be altered based on changes in the epidemic situation.

In all cases, the usual travel restrictions apply (visas, duration of stay, etc.).

Whatever your place of departure, if you show symptoms of COVID-19 upon arrival in France, you will be quarantined or placed and kept in isolation by the prefect.

Other rules apply to travel to and from French overseas territories.

If you arrive from an “orange” country - which includes the UAE

At the moment, the United Arab Emirates are on the "orange" list of countries.

Here are the applicable rules if you arrive from the UAE :

If you are vaccinated

Upon boarding, each traveller aged 11 years or older must present a negative PCR test taken less than 72 hours before the flight or a negative antigenic test taken less than 48 hours before the flight.

The measures regarding pressing grounds for travel and quarantine which are applicable to vaccinated adults also apply to any minors accompanying them, whether they are vaccinated or not.

If you are not vaccinated

  • you can only travel to France is you have pressing grounds for travel. The list of pressing grounds is set out in the certificate of international travel drawn up by the Ministry of the Interior.
  • upon boarding, each traveller aged 11 years or older must present a negative PCR test taken less than 72 hours before the flight or a negative antigenic test taken less than 48 hours before the flight.
  • you may be subject to a random test when you arrive in France.
  • you must pledge to self-isolate for 7 days.

Travel documents

Depending on your circumstances, you must complete and carry some of the following documents in order to board a flight to France :

  • proof of vaccination. It will only be valid if it proves that you are fully vaccinated, i.e.:
    • Two weeks after the second shot for two-shot vaccines (Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca);
    • Four weeks after the shot for one-shot vaccines (Johnson & Johnson);
    • Two weeks after the shot for vaccines administered to people who have already had COVID-19 (only one dose is necessary).
  • (for all travellers, except vaccinated travellers arriving from a “green” country) a sword declaration, which you can download from the Interior Ministry’s website stating that
    • you have no symptoms of COVID-19 infection;
    • to your knowledge, you have not been in contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 in the 14 days prior to your journey;
    • (if you are aged 11 years or older) you agree to submit to a virological RT-PCR test for SARS-CoV-2 upon arrival in France;
    • (where applicable) you pledge to self-isolate for
    • (for non-vaccinated travellers arriving from a “red” country) you are aware that you will have to quarantine for 10 days upon arrival in France.
  • (For travellers not vaccinated travellers arriving from “orange” countries), a certificate of international travel for Metropolitan France, which you can download from the Interior Ministry’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);
  • (for travellers required to self-isolate or quarantine) proof of location of self-isolation, and where appropriate, access details for inspectors to carry out checks.

If you fail to produce these documents, you will be denied boarding and will have to leave the boarding area.

More information is to be found on the website of the French Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs.

publié le 21/06/2021

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