France travel: which countries have restrictions in place?

Certain European countries have restrictions in place for people travelling from France, and some others are considering it due to the country’s increasing number of coronavirus cases

12 August 2020
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By Connexion journalist

Among the countries with restrictions in place for people travelling from France are Ireland, Norway and Finland. The restrictions range from filling out forms, to mandatory quarantine, to complete bans of casual tourism. 

Belgium

From August 1, anyone wishing to enter Belgium from abroad or planning to stay in the country for more than 48 hours must complete an electronic passenger locator form within 48 hours of arrival. 

Further to this, anyone travelling to Belgium from Mayenne in France must quarantine for 14 days and do a Covid-19 test. This commune has been marked as a ‘red zone’ by Belgium authorities due to its high rate of Covid-19 cases. 

Other regions in France are classified as being in the ‘orange zone’. For any travelling from these regions, they are expected to be more vigilant and cautious upon arriving in Belgium. These areas are: the Île de France region, the departments Nord, Meurthe-et-Moselle, Vosges, Sarthe,Ile-et-Vilaine, Gard, Haute-Garonne, la Loire, Haute-Savoie, Alpes-Maritimes and Bouches-du-Rhône.

Denmark

France has been classified as ‘open’ or ‘yellow’ by Denmark, meaning that they can enter the country if they have a worthy purpose or have booked a stay of at least six nights and can prove it. 

Finland

Finland still has tight border restrictions. Anyone who wishes to travel there must be able to prove their residence in Finland, or have a family link with a local resident, or a professional reason to go there. Quarantine is recommended for anyone arriving in the country, but is not monitored. 

Greece

Everyone travelling to Greece must fill out a passenger locator form online at least 48 hours before travelling. Also, a random Covid-19 test may be demanded on arrival in the country, regardless of a person's nationality or the country they have travelled from. A positive test will require the traveller to carry out a two week quarantine as instructed by the Greek health authorities.

Iceland

Everyone arriving in Iceland is expected to undertake a 14-day quarantine. Anyone not wishing to do this can choose to have a Covid-19 test on arrival at the airport. For anyone travelling to the country by ferry, the test can be taken upon departure in Denmark. These measures do not apply to children born after January 1 2005. 

Ireland

Anyone arriving in Ireland from France is expected to carry out a two-week quarantine, limit their movements and avoid social contact as much as possible. They also need to declare an address for where they will be staying, and there are measures in place to verify that people follow these protocols. 

Italy

Anyone travelling to Italy from France must complete a form online. The form can be found here

Norway

From August 7, France was classed as ‘red’ by Norwegian health authorities, meaning that all non-essential travel from France to Norway is not advised. From now, anyone arriving in Norway from France must undergo a quarantine of ten days. More information can be found here.

Spain

Anyone travelling to Spain by plane must fill out a form online. Once this form has been completed and signed, the traveller will receive a QR code associated with the trip, which must be kept on their mobile phone or printed in order to pass the airport health check.

Further, French authorities are advising against travelling to the Catalonia region in Spain. 

UK

Anyone travelling to the UK from France must complete this form, which cannot be submitted until 48 hours before you are due to arrive in the country. 

However, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has fuelled speculation that France could be added to the UK's quarantine list after he said he would “not hesitate” to bring in restrictions for more countries.

An announcement on this could be made on Thursday (August 13). 

There were 7,565 new cases of Covid-19 in France last week, an increase of 33% from the previous week, Santé Publique France noted in its most recent weekly report published on August 6. 

This continues a trend of increasing numbers of cases in France since mid-June. 

“In metropolitan France, all the indicators show that the transmission of SARS-COV-2 infection is progressing and intensifying in week 31. It concerns all age groups and more particularly young adults,” the report stated. 

More information on travel restrictions for people travelling from France can be found here

This list is not exhaustive and can change suddenly. Anyone planning to travel abroad from France should consult the official advice of the destination country before travelling. 

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