France requires new travel forms, with separate form for UK

France has introduced new “attestation” waiver forms for travellers coming into and leaving France, including separate forms for travel from the UK, EU, and non-EU countries. We explain

31 January 2021
A man signs a form. France requires new travel forms, with separate form for UKFrance has introduced new forms required for travellers coming in and leaving France, depending on nationality, residence, and country of origin
By Hannah Thompson

People leaving France to visit a non-EU country - which now includes the UK - must now fill in a new mandatory form certifying that they are travelling for one of the four specified acceptable reasons.

All travellers to and from France, both from or to EU and non-EU countries, will also be required to show a negative PCR test taken within the last 72 hours before departure (unless excepted, see below), and the correct form by nationality, and country of departure.

Travellers without the correct paperwork, or without a proper reason for travel, risk being turned back.

You can download all forms, in all formats and languages (French and English), for all categories, on the government website here.

The new rules were confirmed by Prime Minister Jean Castex on Friday January 29, and come into force from midnight tonight.

The rules are intended to stop “the spread of variants” of the Covid-19 virus, Mr Castex said.

People travelling into France from the UK and other non-EU countries are also subject to strict “essential” reasons for their travel.

Mr Castex said: “All entries into France and all exits from our country with destination, or coming from, a non-EU country will be banned except for ‘imperative’ reasons.”

Each category of traveller requires a separate, specific form. Travellers are also required to sign a “declaration of honour” that they do not have Covid symptoms, and must also undertake a “voluntary seven-day isolation period” upon arrival.

There is one “honour” form per category for travellers aged 11 and over, and another for travellers aged under 11. Travellers aged 11 and over also agree to accept a Covid-19 test upon arrival if necessary.

The rules are as follows per category (in the same order as stated on the government website here):

Travelling into France from an EU country, plus Andorra, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway, San Marino, Switzerland and the Vatican. Does not include the UK.

  • Must sign a declaration of honour form certifying that they have no Covid-19 symptoms and have not been in contact with a confirmed Covid-19 case in the 14 days prior to the journey (one form for travellers aged 11 and over, one for travellers under 11)
  • Must show a negative PCR test from within 72 hours
  • Voluntary self-isolation for seven days upon arrival

French nationals and EU nationals coming into France from the UK (including nationals from Andorra, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway, San Marino, Switzerland and the Vatican). Does not include UK nationals.

  • Requires a separate form
  • Only allowed to travel for one of the imperative reasons listed on the form (imperative health reason, imperative family reason, imperative work reason that cannot be postponed)
  • Must sign a declaration of honour form certifying that they have no Covid-19 symptoms and have not been in contact with a confirmed Covid-19 case in the 14 days prior to the journey (one form for travellers aged 11 and over, one for travellers under 11)
  • Must show a negative PCR test from within 72 hours
  • Voluntary self-isolation for seven days upon arrival

UK nationals or other non-EU nationals coming into France from the UK

  • Requires a separate form
  • Only allowed to travel for one of the imperative reasons listed on the form. These are:
    • People in transit for less than 24 hours in an international zone
    • Border workers and residents that remain within 30km of their home
    • Carers working to fight against Covid-19 in France
    • Professionals ensuring the international transport of goods, including airline, ship and train workers; bus companies, commercial ships or fishing boats
    • Students with a valid visa “coming for less than 90 days from a permitted country”, or minors at school, which means they are allowed to live in the country
    • Employed teachers or researchers, or those invited by a French establishment for teaching study
    • People coming to France for public or private hospital care
    • Humanitarian workers and volunteers
    • People working to help reunite families or families of refugees
    • People with a diplomatic passport, or another type of “official” passport or diplomatic business
    • Non-EU residents who are coming to France due to an “imperative professional reason under order from the state” or “French authorities”
  • Must sign a declaration of honour form certifying that they have no Covid-19 symptoms and have not been in contact with a confirmed Covid-19 case in the 14 days prior to the journey (one form for travellers aged 11 and over, one for travellers under 11)
  • Must show a negative PCR test from within 72 hours
  • Voluntary self-isolation for seven days upon arrival

Travellers into France from the UK may also be required to show proof of a short stay (less than 90 days), proof of resources and accommodation for their stay, any visas allowing them longer stay, and/or a titre de sejour in the case of residents in France.

Read more details on the 21 reasons people in the UK and other non-EU countries can enter France here

French residents or other EU nationals (including from Andorra, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway, San Marino, Switzerland and the Vatican) coming into France from a non-EU country, not including the UK

  • Requires a separate form
  • Only allowed to travel for one of the imperative reasons listed on the form (imperative health reason, imperative family reason, imperative work reason that cannot be postponed)
  • Must sign a declaration of honour form certifying that they have no Covid-19 symptoms and have not been in contact with a confirmed Covid-19 case in the 14 days prior to the journey (one form for travellers aged 11 and over, one for travellers under 11)
  • Must show a negative PCR test from within 72 hours
  • Voluntary self-isolation for seven days upon arrival

Travellers leaving France

  • Separate form needed
  • Only allowed for one of the imperative reasons listed on the form (imperative health reason, imperative family reason, imperative work reason that cannot be postponed, return to country of residence or nationality)
  • No declaration of “honour” form needed
  • Required for all nationals and residents of any country, including French nationals and residents

All of the forms - which are listed by category in the same order as above - are available to download from the government website here, in PDF, Word Document, and TXT formats.

They can be printed and filled in by hand, or copied out onto a blank piece of paper by hand.

Currently the forms do not appear to be available digitally.

Also available to download in an English-language version, in a Word Document format:

  • Declaration of honour forms for travellers aged 11 and over coming into France from the UK
  • Declaration of honour forms for travellers aged under 11 coming into France from the UK
  • Declaration of honour forms for travellers aged 11 and over coming into France from a non-EU country (not including the UK)
  • Declaration of honour forms for travellers aged under 11 coming into France from a non-EU country (not including the UK)

You can download all forms, in all formats and languages (French and English), for all categories, on the government website here.

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