By Alexandra Demeure 17 May 2021 In France news

France // New restrictions for travelers from countries with high rate of Covid variants

Update 9 June: new measures are entering into force, and some of the information below may not be 100% relevant any longer (list of countries, and validity of PCR test). Please check our dedicated article for complete and accurate information.


To prevent the spread of Covid-19 variants from Brazil and South Africa, French authorities have announced new restrictive measures for travelers from Argentina, Brazil, Chile and South Africa. Travelers from the overseas region of French Guiana are also covered by the restrictions to enter metropolitan France.


Update 21 April: India has been to the list of countries subject to the below restrictions.

Update 10 May : these restrictions are extended to Bangladesh, Nepal, Pakistan, Qatar, Sri Lanka, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates.

Update 17 May : Barhain, Colombia, Costa Rica and Uruguay are now subject to the same restrictions.


Travelers from these countries seeking to enter France will now need to comply with the below:

  • Compulsory quarantine of 10 days in France. This is new as, until now, quarantine measures in France have always been on a voluntary basis and supported by individual responsibility (except for travelers with symptoms). Controls will be organized on declared quarantine addresses and penalties will be stronger than the traditional €135 fine for breach of lockdown measures.

  • List of “imperious reasons” to enter limited to French and EU nationals and families, residents in France, officials, transport workers and transiting travelers. Other reasons developed in our dedicated article will not be applicable. Specificities apply to travelers from French Guiana and can be checked here.

  • Negative PCR test made within 36 hours (in lieu of 72h) required. If PCR test was performed anytime between 36 and 72 hours before boarding, it must be presented along with negative antigen test made within 24 hours. Antigen test will also be made upon arrival before leaving the airport for all these travelers.


We will continue to keep you informed on the developments of French travel restrictions in the Covid-19 context.


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