Certificate of international travel

Certificate of international travel
3 février 2021

To deal with the virus and contain the introduction of its variants, border control measures are temporarily needed, both on entering and leaving the country.


Therefore, each time the border is crossed, the traveller will need to comply with the three different regulations which all apply:

  • The mobility rules: these set out the permitted reasons for travelling that allow entry into France given the current situation where the borders are closed. These permitted reasons are now strictly limited to compelling ones;
  • The health control measures: tests prior to and/or on arrival, the absence of symptoms, not having been in contact with a confirmed case, seven-day isolation period (seven-day quarantine), etc.
  • The usual rules govern the right to stay: all foreign travellers must present a valid passport at the border, as well as the usually required documents: in case of a short stay (less than 90 days), proof of resources and accommodation, and a short-stay visa if their nationality so requires; in case of plans to settle in France, a long-stay visa; in case of residency in France, a residence permit)

The nature of these measures for a given traveller in fact depends on several specific criteria:

  • The journey involves entering or leaving France;
  • The country the person is travelling from or to: France or other country of the European Area, other third countries including the United Kingdom;
  • The traveller’s nationality or country of residence;
  • The traveller’s age (over or under 11 years old).

Please find below the rules that apply to you depending on where you are travelling to or from.

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  Travel to/from a european area country
  Travel to/from a country outside the european area

The countries of the European Area are European Union Member States, Andorra, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway, San Marino, Switzerland and the Vatican.

Travellers arriving from a country of the European Area but who within 14 days of arrival have stayed in a country outside the European Area must follow the procedure applicable to travellers arriving from a country outside the European Area.

1) You wish to leave Metropolitan France

There are no restrictions on leaving France to travel to a country in the European Area.

2) You wish to enter Metropolitan France

2.1. Mobility rules and regulations

Entry into metropolitan France is permitted for all categories of travellers from these countries. The compelling reasons system does not apply within the European Area.

2.2. Health control measures

Entering Metropolitan France from a European Area country is subject to the presentation of the negative result of an “RT-PCR COVID” virological screening  test conducted less than 72 hours before departure. This obligation applies to all means of travel (arrival by road, rail, air or sea).

Road hauliers , border workers and residents of border areas within a radius of 30 km around their homes are exempt from this obligation.

The supporting documents must be presented to the border control authorities. In addition, for air or sea travel, these documents must be presented to the transport company when boarding.

All travellers must have:

  • for travellers over 11 years of age only, the result of an "RT-PCR-COVID" virological screening test conducted less than 72 hours before departure (i.e. departure of the first flight where this is a connecting flight) which is negative for infection by Covid-19.
  • a sworn statement confirming that they:

- have no symptoms of COVID-19 infection;

- have no knowledge of having been in contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 during the 14 days prior to travel;

- for travellers over 11 years of age only, that they agree that a virological screening test for SARS-CoV-2 may be made upon arrival in the national territory;

Statement for travellers aged 11 years and over :

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Statement for travellers aged under 11 years :

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Where a virology screening (RT-PCR) test cannot be conducted in the country of departure, the traveller may request a specific document known as "PCR Test Waiver" from the French embassy or consulate, subject to giving a compelling reason for travel (reserved for a restricted number of cases) and prior acceptance of:

  1. a virological screening test for SARS-CoV-2 (antigenic test) upon arrival
  2. 7-day isolation in one of the facilities designated by the French authorities, with presentation of proof of booking;
  3. an RT-PCR virological screening test at the end of the isolation period. In countries where antigenic tests are available, the "PCR Test Waiver" shall only be valid if supported by the result of such a test, carried out less than 72 hours before boarding and showing no COVID-19 contamination.

2.3. Admission to stay

Travellers must present documents proving that their stay in the Schengen Area is legal.

The countries outside the European Area are all the countries of the world except European Union Member States, Andorra, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway, San Marino, Switzerland and the Vatican.

Travellers arriving from a country of the European Area but who within 14 days of arrival have stayed in a country outside the European Area must follow the procedure applicable to travellers arriving from a country outside the European Area.

Since 31 January 2021 at midnight, any travel to/from a country outside the European Area must be for a compelling reason.

1) You wish to leave Metropolitan France

Any departure from Metropolitan France is now subject to the compelling reasons system and applies to French citizens, citizens of a member country of the European Area (European Union, Andorra, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway, San Marino, Switzerland and Vatican) and citizens of all other countries.

The indicative list of compelling reasons is indicated on the downloadable certificate to leave Metropolitan France below.

A check of the existence of this compelling reason will be made in France before departure. In the event of a false statement or an invalid reason, boarding will be denied.

It should be noted that no foreign citizen wishing to return to their country of residence or origin will be prevented from leaving France (without no guarantee however of being able to return without a compelling reason).

Certificate to leave Metropolitan France :

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2) You wish to enter Metropolitan France

2.1. Mobility rules and regulations

Only travellers who have a compelling reason are permitted to enter Metropolitan France.

  • French citizens and citizens of a country of the European Area

The indicative list of compelling reasons is indicated on the downloadable certificate to enter Metropolitan France below.

Certificate to enter Metropolitan France for French citizens and citizens of the European area :

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  • Citizens from a country outside the European Area

The restrictive list of compelling reasons is indicated on the downloadable certificate to leave Metropolitan France below. Some specific reasons are valid only for entry from the United Kingdom.

Certificate to enter Metropolitan France for citizens from a country outside the European Area :

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2.2. Health control measures

All travellers, regardless of their nationality, must present the following to the transport company and border control authorities:

  • for travellers over 11 years of age only, the result of an "RT-PCR-COVID" virological screening test conducted less than 72 hours before departure (i.e. departure of first flight in case of connecting flight) which is negative for infection by Covid-19.
  • A sworn statement confirming that they:

- have no symptoms of COVID-19 infection;

- have no knowledge of having been in contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 during the 14 days prior to travel;

- for travellers over 11 years of age only, that they agree that a virological screening test for SARS-CoV-2 may be made upon arrival in the national territory,

- that they undertake to voluntarily isolate for seven days after their arrival in Metropolitan France and to carry out at the end of this period, for travellers aged over eleven years, a virological screening test (PCR).

Statement for travellers aged 11 years and over :

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Statement for travellers aged under 11 years :

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Where a virological screening test (RT-PCR) cannot be conducted in the country of departure, the traveller may request a specific document known as “PCR Test Waiver” from the French embassy or consulate, subject to giving a compelling reason for travel (reserved for a restricted number of cases) and prior acceptance of:

  1. a virological screening test for SARS-CoV-2 (antigenic test) upon arrival
  2. 7-day isolation in one of the facilities designated by the French authorities, with presentation of proof of booking;
  3. an RT-PCR virological screening test at the end of the isolation period. In countries where antigenic tests are available, the “PCR Test Waiver” shall only be valid if supported by the result of such a test, carried out less than 72 hours before boarding and showing no COVID-19 infection.

2.3. Admission to stay

All foreign travellers must present a valid passport at the border as well as the usually required documents:

  • for a short stay (fewer than 90 days): documentation of resources and accommodation and a short stay visa if their nationality is subject to these requirements;
  • for a project to settle in France: a long-stay visa;
  • for residents in France: a residence permit.