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Travel to France

Please check if you are allowed entry to France before you travel. If you are travelling to France, you are required to take a COVID-19 PCR test before departure and fill out a locator form and exempted movement certificate before arrival.

COVID-19 PCR testing

Effective 1 August, passengers must present a negative COVID-19 negative certificate for a test taken less than 72 hours before departure.

Three categories of tests are accepted:

  • RT-PCR
  • RT-LAMP
  • Antigen - Nasopharyngeal Swab

Passengers originating from Australia, Canada, South Korea, Japan, New Zealand and Thailand will be allowed entry to France without a COVID-19 PCR test only if they are transiting through Dubai. They must present two boarding passes as proof that they did not stopover in Dubai.

Passengers transiting through CDG to travel to a third country within 24 hours are not required to present a COVID-19 PCR test certificate provided they do not exit the airport.

Children below 11 years old are not required to take the COVID-19 test.

Required forms

All passengers travelling to mainland France must complete the locator form and the Exempted Movement certificate.

Exemptions

Passengers will not be allowed into France except if they are:

  • French nationals, travelling with their spouse and children.
  • European Union nationals and nationals from Andorra, United Kingdom, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway, San Marino, Switzerland, and the Vatican, whose primary residence is in France or are in transit through France to reach their country of origin or of primary residence, travelling with their spouse and children.
  • Third country nationals originating from Australia, Canada, South Korea, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay if only transiting through Dubai. However, they must present two boarding passes as proof that they did not stopover in Dubai.
  • Third country nationals, who are holders of a French or European residence permit or valid long stay visa, with primary residence in France, or in transit through France to their residence in the European Union or its assimilated countries.
  • Third country nationals, in transit for less than 24 hours in an international zone.
  • Holders of an official passport
  • Foreign nationals employed by diplomatic or consular organisms or international organisations whose headquarters or offices are located in France as well as their spouse and children or foreign nationals staying in France on assignment on behalf of their home country.
  • Foreign healthcare workers to help fight against COVID-19 or recruited as interns to assist.
  • Foreign flight and cargo personnel as part of a crew or travelling as passenger to their departure base.
  • Foreign nationals responsible for the international carriage of goods.
  • Drivers or crew members of a passenger train or bus.
  • Crew members or personnel working on a merchant or fishing ship.
  • Students with long term visas (VLS), short term visa (VCS) to study or do an internship (“Examination/test” short stay visa not included), or coming for less than 90 days from a country exempted from VCS, or minors attending school and holding a proof of residence in France.
  • Teachers or researchers employed or invited by a French educational institution or research lab, travelling for teaching or research purposes.
  • Third Country nationals with a long stay talent visa “passeport talent” or intra corporate transfer visa, travelling with their spouse and children.
  • Foreign nationals coming to France for medical care in a public or private hospital.

Other information

France has entered national lockdown on 30 October 2020 until 01 December 2020, restrictions and exemptions along with required certificates, can be found here.

You can find further information here and get advice for foreign nationals here.

Passengers are required to change their face masks every 4 hours. This is applicable on board and at airport premises.

Travel from France

If you are travelling from France, you may be required to take a COVID-19 test before departure. Please check the requirements of your specific destination before you travel.

COVID-19 testing requirements

In cooperation with BIOGROUP laboratories, Emirates has simplified procedures so you can take COVID-19 PCR test with confidence before you travel. Find the testing facility closest to you on the BIOGROUP laboratories website. Present your ticket or booking confirmation and the costs of the test will be covered by health insurance. You should receive your test results within 48 hours after the sample is taken. Please note that Emirates is not liable for the samples, their transfer and analysis as carried out under the full responsibility of BIOGROUP, nor for any delay in the release of test results.

Travelling to, from and through Dubai

If you're travelling to, from or transiting through Dubai, please check our Travel requirements for Dubai.