The Situation in France

• Lifting of travel restrictions: it is possible to travel throughout the country, including overseas territories, without a certificate

• Wearing a mask is compulsory in all indoor public spaces

• Parks and gardens, beaches, lakes and other bodies of water are now open

• Major museums and landmarks are open across the country. Wearing a mask is compulsory. Leisure parks and outdoor spaces with a maximum capacity of 5,000 people are open in all zones. Likewise, for all theatres and concert halls, subject to strict social distancing rules

For more information on what is now open and accessible in France, click here

From July 1st, in line with EU recommendations, France has also gradually and differentially re-opened the Schengen area external borders, depending on the evolution of the health situation of the external country. The list of non-EU countries includes: Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Montenegro, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, Serbia, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia and Uruguay. This list will be regularly updated, at least every two weeks, in liaison with European partners, taking account of the recommendations of the Council of the European Union, developments in the health situation and the principle of reciprocity.
Visas for international students will be a priority and their arrival permitted and facilitated, regardless of their country of origin.

The external borders of the European space remain closed. Therefore, travel to France from a third country is not possible except for travellers in one of the following situations:

• French citizens, and their spouses and children;
• European Union citizens and citizens of Andorra, the United Kingdom, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway, San Marino, Switzerland and the Vatican, with their main residence in France or travelling to the country in which they are a citizen or resident by transiting through France, as well as their partner and children;
• Nationals of a third country with a valid European or French residence permit or long-stay visa with their main residence in France or travelling to their residence in another European Union or equivalent country by transiting through France;
• Residents of a third country, in transit for less than 24 in an international zone to reach their country of origin and having a ticket for that country;
• Personnel of diplomatic and consular missions, as well as international organizations headquartered or having an office in France, and their partners and children;
• Foreign health professionals helping to fight COVID-19;
• Foreign crews and personnel operating passenger and cargo flights, or travelling as passengers to reach their departure base;
• Foreign nationals carrying out international goods transport;
• Foreign navy personnel carrying out international goods transport or working on fishing boats.
Passengers exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 on entering France, will be required to carry out compulsory quarantine.

For more information: https://www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/en/coming-to-france/coronavirus-advice-for-foreign-nationals-in-france/ (External link)