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France in Corona times: Entry only with a negative PCR test

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France is one of the Germans' favorite vacation destinations. However, if you want to travel there, you have to comply with strict guidelines. These are the rules for entry and on site.

  • Update: Quarantine is mandatory when returning to Germany

  • Daytime travel in France is allowed again for no good reason

  • PCR test required upon entry

  • Current incidence: 167.3 infected people per 100,000 population in the last seven days

The current situation in France

France is from the Corona pandemic more affected than Germany. TheIncidence value of the last seven days per 100,000 inhabitants is currently included 167,3 (As of May 14, source: Johns Hopkins University) - this is still significantly higher than in Germany and well above the critical value of 50.

The Robert Koch Institute has all of France as a corona risk area (High incidence area), there is a travel warning from the Federal Foreign Office.

France: Travelers need to know that

Important for entering France

After returning to Germany from France

Transit through France

Traveling by train: fewer connections

Fever checks and a mask requirement on the plane

The most important corona rules in France

Roadmap: Gradual easing by June

Ferries to Corsica

French overseas territories also risk areas

Important for entering France

  • Travel warning of the Foreign Office: YES

  • Corona-Risk area:YES (high incidence area)

  • Corona test at Entry: YES (PCR, not older than 72 hours)

  • Entry form required: YES (Health form, Download*)

  • quarantine after Entry: NO

Exceptions of the corona test obligation apply in small border traffic for trips (maximum 24 hours) to France within a radius of less than 30 kilometers from your own place of residence. children Under 11 years of age and professional drivers also do not need a test.

Entry and exit: is a corona self-test sufficient as proof?

The so-called corona self-tests for at home, which are available in discounters or drugstores, are checked during entry or exit Not accepted as test evidence. Here is a medical certificate or a documented negative test result is required.

This proof must be submitted to the Entry into Germany on paper or digitally in German, English or French. When entering other countries, please inform in advance in which languages ​​the test results will be accepted.

Entry again during the day for no good reason

Germans need to enter France during the day (between 6 a.m. and 7 p.m.) no longer a valid reason.

who in the evening or. at night (between 7 p.m. and 6 a.m.) you still have to have one good reason prove. For this purpose, travelers must fill out a corresponding form * and take them with them. The Saarland state government provides a German-language fill-in aid * for this purpose. The reason given in the form may be required by travelers during checks additional documents can prove. Reasons are e.g. B. family matters that cannot be postponed, medical emergencies or business trips.

Tourist activities are excluded between 7 p.m. and 6 a.m. Anyone wanting to stay overnight in France currently needs a valid reason. Therefore, he should clarify with the accommodation in advance whether this is possible.

To the Limits is generally with increased controls, Waiting times and, if necessary, rejections to be expected.

A list of frequently asked questions about travel and border traffic can be found on the website of the Saarland state government *

After returning to Germany from France

  • Compulsory test after the return journey:YES

  • quarantine in Germany:YES (Free testing possible after five days)

  • Reporting requirement after returning:YES (Digital entry registration *)

Germans who want to return to Germany from France can do so easily during the day between 6 a.m. and 7 p.m.

If you are on the road between 7 p.m. and 6 a.m., you also need a valid reason, which you must prove using the relevant form *. The "journey home to the main place of residence" is not explicitly listed here as a valid reason. However, there are urgent family reasons ("deplacement pour motif familial impérieux") can be selected as a valid reason that the trip home could fall under.

However, it cannot be guaranteed that the reference to the return home will be convincing during an inspection. If travelers refer to it, they should make their return intentions credible and if necessary additional evidence can submit. The digital entry registration for Germany *, which is required when entering Germany from risk areas, can also be helpful.

Anyone entering Germany from France must, due to the requirements of the German authorities, in addition to the digital entry registration Corona test (PCR or rapid antigen test) which must not be older than 48 hours.

A Franco-German test center * was set up near Saarbrücken (border crossing A6 / Goldene Bremm) to improve the handling of the tests. This is open daily between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m. Appointments can also be made online.

Important for returning to Germany from abroad

There is one in all of Germany Corona test compulsory for returnees from risk areas.

All air travelers must also be submitted at check-in at the departure location negative test result show - even if you return to Germany from non-risk areas. No flight is possible without a negative test.

Depending on the type of risk area, different rules apply quarantine and the possibility of Freestyle.

You can find all details on quarantine, compulsory tests, digital entry forms and exceptions for vaccinated and convalescent people here. Likewise, everything important for entry High incidence and Virus variant areas.

Transit through France

The transit through France is like the journey home to Germany during the day between 6 a.m. and 7 p.m. possible without good reason. The authorities point out that too Transit travelers require such a reason for trips between 7 p.m. and 6 a.m.

In the entry to France (regardless of whether from Germany, Spain or another country) all travelers necessarily a negative one PCR testwho are not older than 72 hours and must fill out a health form *.

Violations of the applicable regulations can severe fines entail.

More information on tolls, fuel prices and traffic regulations in France.

Traveling by train: fewer connections

The rail connections from Germany to France and vice versa are due to Corona significantly reduced. Drive within the country only 30 percent of all express trainsAccording to the French railway company SNCF, it is even less for long-distance trains.

For travelers, the following applies in principle: A Mouth and nose protection must be worn during the entire journey and at the stations. It is advisable to book tickets in advance and use them as a Online ticket in order to keep the contact with other travelers even less.

Fever checks and a mask requirement on the plane

All flight passengers are given the Body temperature measured so that the virus cannot spread in a confined space on the plane. In addition, one is valid for the entire flight Mask requirement. The same applies to staying in airports.

More information about flying in Corona times.

The most important corona rules in France

  • At night between 7 p.m. and 6 a.m. a general one applies Curfew. There are only exceptions to this if there are specific valid reasons. You can move freely during the day between 6 a.m. and 7 p.m.

  • All Shops, those who do not carry essential products are not allowed to receive customers. Bars, cafes and Restaurants as well as recreational facilities and attractions are also closed.

  • Hotels and pensions are currently not allowed to accommodate people who are traveling for tourist reasons. If travelers have a valid reason (business or pleasure), hotel accommodation is permitted.

  • Everyone over the age of eleven is required to use public transport (including taxis) and closed public spaces Mouth and nose protection wear.

Gradual easing by the end of June

The French government has one three-stage opening plan decided. The following easing is planned by the end of June:

From May 19th:

  • The nocturnal Curfew does not start until 9 p.m.

  • Restaurants and cafés are again allowed to serve guests in the outdoor areas (a maximum of six people per table).

  • Also shops as well Cultural institutions (Museums, sights, theaters, etc.) can reopen provided that hygiene requirements are observed.

From June 9th:

  • The nocturnal Curfew does not start until 11 p.m.

  • Foreign Tourists are allowed to return to Hotels and pensions check in. To do this, they must either present a negative PCR test or proof of a complete vaccination or a survived corona infection.

  • Restaurants and cafes are also allowed to reopen their interiors.

  • Events (Festivals, concerts, sporting events) with a maximum of 5000 people are allowed again. However, visitors must provide proof of health.

From June 30th:

  • The nocturnal Curfew is canceled.

  • For departments with 7-day incidences over 400 Stricter provisions are still planned. Any easing that has already taken place will be withdrawn.

Ferries to Corsica

To enter Corsica is a negative Covid-19 test (PCR or antigen test) and a written declaration * required.

According to tourism experts, the travel restrictions are also likely to affect the number of Ferries to and from France or Corsica. Customers can find out details from their shipping company.

For ferries, for example to Corsica, the following apply in principle Security precautions: Travelers will be informed in advance by the provider by email or SMS. During the entire crossing there is one to be carried Face mask compulsory in public areas. The number of seats is reduced so that the minimum distance is observed.

French overseas territories also risk areas

All French Overseas territories will be from the Robert Koch Institute as risk areas classified. The Foreign Office has one Travel warning pronounced. French Guiana, St-Martin, La Réunion, Mayotte, Saint-Barthélemy, Guadeloupe, French Polynesia, which also includes Tahiti and Bora Bora, as well as Martinique, New Caledonia and St-Pierre-et-Miquelon are affected.

For trips to overseas territories, you usually need one good reason and have to additional requests which may vary depending on the territory. Details can be found at the Federal Foreign Office *.

The planned start of tourism Tahiti for Germans and other Europeans was postponed again due to the high number of infections in Europe.

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