In the context of the COVID-19 health situation in France, restrictions on travellers coming to (and leaving) mainland France and French overseas départements and territories have been put in place. And with the identification of a new strain of COVID-19 in the United Kingdom, France has taken restrictive measures for travel from the United Kingdom. This GMS Flash Alert provides an update on travel restrictions to enter France due to the COVID-19 situation.
This GMS Flash Alert provides an update on travel restrictions to enter France due to the COVID-19 situation.1
These travel restrictions may have a considerable impact on travellers and globally-mobile employees between France and other countries,2 potentially causing disruption, inconvenience, and changes in respect of travel plans.
Travel has been restricted since April 2020 (for prior coverage, see GMS Flash Alert 2020-102, 24 March 2020). New measures are being put in place for people travelling from the United Kingdom.
These rules are updated regularly by the French government and it is advisable that travellers consult with their travel agents, global mobility professionals, and, if necessary, immigration counsel, when making plans to travel to or from France.
In the context of the COVID-19 health situation in France, restrictions on travellers coming to (and leaving) mainland France and French overseas départements and territories have been put in place.
Passengers travelling from European Union member states, Andorra, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway, San Marino, Switzerland, and The Vatican can enter France without any restrictions.
Furthermore, travellers from Australia, South Korea, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, Thailand, and Singapore are permitted to enter France.
Travel to mainland France from a country identified as a “COVID-19 circulation zone” remains strictly limited.
In authorised cases, all travellers are required to complete and hold a certificate (Attestation de déplacement et de voyage) indicating the reason for their trip.
Travel reasons have been added for the following categories:
In addition, travellers must also complete and obtain a “declaration of honour” (Déclaration sur l’honneur) certifying that they do not show symptoms of COVID-19 infection and can prove a negative "COVID RT-PCR" test has been carried out less than 72 hours before the departure.
Please note that upon entering/returning to France, the French authorities can direct travellers to a screening checkpoint in order to take a new test.
Furthermore, the following travellers may be asked to quarantine or remain in isolation upon arrival:
In response to the identification of a new strain of COVID-19 in the United Kingdom, France has taken restrictive measures for travel from the United Kingdom. Until at least 6 January 2021, U.K.-France cross-border travel is limited.
Only certain categories of people are authorised to travel to France or to transit there from the U.K., provided they have a travel certificate (Attestation de déplacement et de voyage).
For example, the following categories of people are authorised to enter France from the U.K.:
All travellers from the U.K. are required to present:
a negative "COVID RT-PCR" test carried out less than 72 hours before the departure (if the result of a PCR test carried out less than 72 hours before boarding does not conclude that the traveller is not contaminated by COVID-19, antigen tests are also authorised (the list of which is published by the French Ministry of Solidarity and Health)).
1 See the website of the Ministry of the Interior (Ministère de l'Intérieure), at: https://www.interieur.gouv.fr/Actualites/L-actu-du-Ministere/Attestation-de-deplacement-et-de-voyage .
2 See also “Conseils aux Voyageurs” at: https://www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/fr/conseils-aux-voyageurs/ .
Also see the French government webpage “Loisirs / Vacances” at: https://www.gouvernement.fr/info-coronavirus/loisirs .
* Please note the KPMG International member firm in the United States does not provide immigration or labour law services. However, KPMG Law LLP in Canada can assist clients with U.S. immigration matters.
The information contained in this newsletter was submitted by the KPMG International member firm in France.
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