France: Travel Restrictions Imposed on Countries Outside the EEA and EU

February 8, 2021 Lucy Halse

Key Points

  • France has imposed new travel restrictions for visitors outside the EU and EEA
  • Limited exceptions apply for entry
  • Entry to France is permitted for essential purposes only, including work, family, and health
  • French authorities may determine if a travel purposes qualifies for entry
  • Travelers are still subject to French COVID-19 testing and quarantine requirements
  • Changes to current travel restrictions will be provided as available


Due to COVID-19, the government has restricted travel outside the European Union (EU), European Economic Area (EEA), Monaco, Andorra, San Marino, Switzerland, and Vatican City, with limited exceptions.

What are the Changes?

The government is permitting travel for essential purposes only, which includes travel for professional family, and health reasons. Travel may be permitted for other reasons on a case-by-case basis.

What Should Employers and Applicants Know?

French authorities have the discretion to determine whether a foreign national’s travel reason qualifies as essential. Travelers are subject to quarantine and COVID-19 testing requirements upon arrival in France.

Looking Ahead

France will adjust its COVID-19 policies based on epidemiological conditions. Updates will be provided as available.


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About the Author

Lucy is a Content Marketing Associate at Envoy Global.

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