Frequently Asked Questions - Border Closure due to the Covid-19 Health Crisis [fr]

Visas – Travel from the United States to Mainland France – Stays in Mainland France

Who can travel to France from the U.S.?

Under the current regulations restricting travel due to the Covid-19 epidemic, only individuals falling into one of the categories listed on the International travel certificate to Mainland France issued by the French Ministry of Interior are authorized to travel from the United States to France:
https://www.interieur.gouv.fr/Actualites/L-actu-du-Ministere/Attestation-de-deplacement-et-de-voyage

What specific documents must be presented by individuals belonging to one of the categories listed in the International travel certificate to Mainland France issued by the French Ministry of Interior?

Individuals who fall into one of the categories listed in the international travel certificate must print out this certificate and check/tick the category corresponding to their status. In order to be able to travel, they will also have to provide proof of their status by presenting all corresponding documents and, if necessary, a visa (depending on their nationality and the length of their stay) before boarding and while crossing the border.
https://france-visas.gouv.fr/web/france-visas/ai-je-besoin-d-un-visa

International travel certificate to Mainland France issued by the French Ministry of Interior and a sworn statement of absence of Covid-19 symptoms.:https://www.interieur.gouv.fr/Actualites/L-actu-du-Ministere/Attestation-de-deplacement-et-de-voyage.

Since August 1st, upon leaving the United States, travelers aged 11 and older must also present results of an approved test taken less than 72 hours before departure and indicating a negative result for COVID-19:
Voyages vers la France : le point sur les tests acceptés

What are the common required documents for all international travel to France, including transit in the international airport zone?

What does the term “spouse” of French citizen mean / include?

The notion, “spouse” of French citizen, covers married spouses, partners who have entered into a PACS agreement, and live-in partners of French nationals.

What documents must be presented at the border by the spouses of French nationals?

  • Married spouses of French nationals may be admitted into France upon presentation of their livret de famille, or a recent copy of their French marriage certificate and proof of the spouse’s French nationality (passport or valid ID card or a copy of that document).
  • Partners of French nationals with PACS contracts may be admitted to France upon presentation of their PACS registration certificate and proof of the spouse’s French nationality (passport or valid ID card or a copy of that document).
  • Spouses of French nationals with a foreign marriage certificate and live-in partners of French nationals may enter France upon presentation of the following documents (including but not limited to): copy of the French passport of the French spouse or partner, foreign marriage certificate, proof of cohabitation, any documents in their possession proving they live together (certificat de concubinage: https://www.service-public.fr/particuliers/vosdroits/R998, shared lease document, ownership deed bearing both names, joint bank account, common bill bearing both names, livret de famille for couples with children, etc.).

In every case, it is important to determine whether a visa will be necessary, depending on nationality/travel document and length of stay: https://france-visas.gouv.fr/web/france-visas/ai-je-besoin-d-un-visa

Applicants must present the international travel certificate and the sworn statement of absence of symptoms: https://www.interieur.gouv.fr/Actualites/L-actu-du-Ministere/Attestation-de-deplacement-et-de-voyage

Since August 1st, travelers from the United States aged 11 and older must present results of an approved test taken less than 72 hours before departure and indicating a negative result for COVID-19:
https://washington.consulfrance.org/covid-19-obligation-de-test-de-depistage-virologique-pour-les-voyageurs-au

Are foreign nationals who wish to marry a French citizen in France authorized to enter the country?

They may send an email to visas@consulfrance-washington.org along with the following documents: passport copy, proof of French citizenship of the future spouse residing in France, certificate issued by the town hall / mairie in France where the wedding is to be performed attesting that the publication of banns has taken place without any objections.

Are foreign nationals who are involved in a romantic relationship with French citizens, authorized to enter France?

Please consult the following link which provides all necessary information concerning measures for foreign nationals involved in a romantic relationship with a French citizen, and send an email to visas@consulfrance-washington.org

Read the article Love Is Not Tourism for more information.

Which EU citizens are currently authorized to enter France?

Citizens of the European Union or nationals of Andorra, the Holy See, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway, San Marino, Switzerland or the United Kingdom, whose main residence is in France or who need to transit through France to reach their country of citizenship or residence. They may be accompanied by their spouse and children.

What does the notion “spouse” of a European citizen cover?

The notion, “spouse” of a European citizen, covers married partners, partners in a civil union, and live-in partners of European nationals.

Can foreign nationals holding a long-stay visa or a French residence permit enter France??

Foreign nationals who hold the following valid documents are authorized to enter France if they have already lived in France with this document:
• valid long-stay visas, including those as permitted under the extension measure;
• residence permit, stay authorization or receipt for residence permit request;
• long-stay visa valid as a residence permit.
All residence documents that expired between March 16th, 2020, and June 15th, 2020, have automatically been extended by 6 months.

https://www.interieur.gouv.fr/Espace-presse/Les-communiques/Duree-de-validite-des-titres-de-sejour

Can foreign nationals holding a European long-stay visa or a European residence permit enter France?

Foreign nationals holding a European long-stay visa or a European residence permit can enter France to return to their main residence in another European country. They must provide evidence that they already have their main residence in that country.

Is international transit permitted in France?

All transit passengers are permitted to enter France as long as they spend less than 24 hours in the international airport transit zone, without entering France. Transit involving entry or two stopovers in the Schengen area is not permitted.
The international travel certificate to Mainland France as well as a sworn statement of absence of Covid-19 symptoms are necessary for all international travel to France, including for transit through the international zone of the airport.
https://www.interieur.gouv.fr/Actualites/L-actu-du-Ministere/Attestation-de-deplacement-et-de-voyage.

Which students are permitted to enter France?

Foreign students holding a long-stay visa or a short-stay visa or who are exempted from the short-stay visa requirement, enrolled in an institution of higher education, students completing an internship in France as part of their studies, and minors enrolled in school are permitted to enter France on the basis of the international travel certificate to Mainland France, proof of accommodation in France, proof of enrollment or internship agreement. This includes students who are part of a mobility program, students enrolled in institutions that are not recognized by the state, minors enrolled in elementary, secondary and higher education.
Students taking competitive examinations are not permitted to enter France under the international travel certificate.

Are students’ family members permitted to enter France?

Family members of students are not covered by the international travel certificate to Mainland France and are not currently permitted to enter France. They should check the website of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, which is being regularly updated: https://www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/en/coming-to-france/coronavirus-advice-for-foreign-nationals-in-france/

Are parents of French nationals and the parents of European nationals permitted to enter France?

Parents of French nationals and parents of European nationals are not included in the categories described in the international travel certificate and are not currently permitted to enter France. They should check the website of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, which is being regularly updated: https://www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/en/coming-to-france/coronavirus-advice-for-foreign-nationals-in-france/

Are au pairs permitted to enter France?

Au pairs are not included in the categories listed in the international travel certificate and are not currently permitted to enter France. They should check the website of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, which is being regularly updated: https://www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/en/coming-to-france/coronavirus-advice-for-foreign-nationals-in-france

What should those individuals do whose long-stay visas or residence permits are about to expire and who are in France but unable to return home quickly due to the health crisis?

All residence permits, temporary residence permits, long-stay visas and receipts for residence permit requests which expired between March 16th and June 15th, 2020, have been extended by 6 months. Foreign nationals, whose permits have not been extended should contact the prefecture of their place of residence.
https://www.interieur.gouv.fr/Espace-presse/Les-communiques/Duree-de-validite-des-titres-de-sejour

What should those individuals do whose long stay visas or residence permits are about to expire and who are stranded abroad due to the health crisis ?

All residence permits, temporary residence permits, long-stay visas and receipts for residence permit requests which expired between March 16th and June 15th, 2020, have been extended by 6 months. These individuals should choose to return directly to France, without transiting through another country in the Schengen area.
Individuals whose permits have not been extended should apply for a long-stay visa if visa issuance for their category has been resumed.
https://www.interieur.gouv.fr/Espace-presse/Les-communiques/Duree-de-validite-des-titres-de-sejour

Last modified on 29/10/2020

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