Which countries are quarantining travellers from France?

Countries around the world are revising their quarantine and travel rules for travellers arriving from France as coronavirus cases rise in the country.

18 August 2020
Man in a mask walking through an empty airport. Which countries have a quarantine in place for travellers from France?European countries including Finland, Holland, Iceland, Ireland, Norway and The UK have imposed quarantine measures for travellers from France.
By Joanna York

A new map from public service media source FranceInfo shows which countries are imposing travel restrictions, such as quarantine, on arrivals from France.

Map of restrictions for those travelling from France (Image: FranceInfo / Twitter)

Countries marked in yellow are imposing obligatory quarantines. Countries in blue are testing travellers from France for Covid-19 on arrival. Countries in orange have closed their borders to arrivals from France, with some exceptions. Countries in red have closed their borders to travellers from France.

Travel guidelines are updated frequently. For more detailed country-specific information, check the French Diplomacy website.

Travellers are also advised to check the terms of their travel insurance with their insurance provider before travelling overseas.

Obligatory quarantine for travellers from France

These countries are imposing quarantines of up to 14 days for visitors from France. While some quarantines are self-policed, others are much stricter and may result in legal consequences for anyone who doesn’t comply. 

Africa: Botswana, Ethiopia, Lesotho, Niger, Mozambique, Tunisia

Americas: Ecuador, Haiti, Peru, Uruguay

Asia: Brunei, China, Papua New Guinea, South Korea, Taiwan,

Europe: Armenia, Estonia, Finland, Holland, Iceland, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, the UK, Ukraine

Middle East: Israel, United Arab Emirates 

Tests on arrival for travellers from France

These countries will ask travellers from France to take PRC tests upon arrival. PRC tests involve taking a nasal swab. They show whether the person taking the test is infected with Covid-19 at the time the test is taken.

Africa: Benin, Djibouti, Liberia, Rwanda, Togo, Sierra Leone

Americas: Dominican Republic

Asia: Cambodia

Europe: Cyprus, Turkey

Middle East: Iran, Lebanon

Borders closed, with some exceptions, to travellers from France

Possible exceptions may include allowances for essential travel, family members of citizens of the country being visited, permanent residents or students studying in the country. 

Africa: Angola, Guinea, Nigeria, Nigeria, Senegal, Zimbabwe

Americas: Argentina, Belize, Bolivia, Canada, Chile, Cuba, El Salvador, Guatemala, Panama

Asia: Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam

Australasia: Australia

Middle East: Bahrain, Kazakhstan, Kirgizstan, Nepal, Qatar 

Borders closed to travellers from France

Borders of these countries are closed to travellers from France. However, those living in France who hold citizenship or permanent visas (such as a green card) for the country they wish to travel to may still be authorised to travel.

Africa: Cameroon, Central African Republic, Eritrea, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ghana, Guinea-Bissau, Equatorial Guinea, Libya, Malawi, Mauritania, Morocco, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Uganda

Americas: Columbia, Honduras, Paraguay, Surinam, Trinidad and Tobago, the US

Asia: Bhutan, North Korea

Australasia: New Zealand

Europe: Moldova, Russia

Middle East: Azerbaijan, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan 

Countries not on the list

Countries not on the list either have no restrictions for those travelling from France or may require documentation upon arrival such as a negative PCR test taken in the days before travel. 

For country-specific information check the French Diplomacy website.

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