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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: RKI downgrades France from high incidence to risk area

  • Travel allowed in France during the day for no good reason

  • PCR test required for entry

  • Current incidence: 113.4 infected people per 100,000 population in the last seven days

The current situation in France

France is of the Corona pandemic more affected than Germany. TheIncidence value of the last seven days per 100,000 inhabitants is currently included 113,4 (As of May 21, source: Johns Hopkins University) - that is higher than in Germany and above the critical value of 50.

The Robert Koch Institute has all of France classified as a corona risk area, a travel warning from the Federal Foreign Office applies.

France: Travelers need to know that

Important for entering France

Return from France to Germany

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

  • 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 drug stores, 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 during the day for no good reason

Germans are allowed during the day (between 6 a.m. and 9 p.m.) for no good reason enter France.

who at night If you want to enter (between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m.), you have to 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, for example, family matters that cannot be postponed, medical emergencies or business trips.

Tourist activities are excluded between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. If you want to stay overnight in France, you should clarify with the accommodation in advance whether this is possible.

To the Limits is generally with increased controls, Waiting times and possibly 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 *

Return from France to Germany

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

  • Compulsory testForAir travelersat the place of departure: YES

  • Compulsory test to return:YES

  • quarantine in Germany:NO (Prerequisite for a negative corona test)

Germans who want to return to Germany from France can do so easily during the day between 6 a.m. and 9 p.m.

If you are on the road between 9 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 expressly listed here. However, there are urgent family reasons ("deplacement pour motif familial impérieux") can be selected as a valid reason that the return 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.

A Franco-German test center * has been set up at the border near Saarbrücken (border crossing A6 / Goldene Bremm). 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. Fully vaccinated and recovered persons are excluded.

All air travelers must also show a negative test result at check-in at the departure location - even if they are returning to Germany from non-risk areas. Fully vaccinated and convalescents are also excluded from this. There is no evidence of testing, vaccination or recovery no flight possible.

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

Details on quarantine, compulsory tests and the digital entry form as well as everything on exceptions for vaccinated and convalescent people can be found here. Just as 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 9 p.m. Possible without good reason. The authorities expressly point out that too Transit travelers need a valid reason for night trips between 9 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 between Germany and France and within the country are still due to Corona reduced. More detailed information is available from the French railway company SNCF *.

The following applies in principle to travelers: 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 the airports.

More information about flying in Corona times.

The most important corona rules in France

  • At night between 9 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 9 p.m.

  • Restaurants and cafés are again allowed to host guests in the outdoor areas. The capacity of the restaurants is limited to 50 percent and a maximum of six people are allowed per table.

  • Cultural institutions (Museums, sights, theaters, etc.) are in principle accessible to visitors again. However, strict hygiene requirements must be observed.

  • Also Shops, which do not carry any essential products are allowed to reopen.

  • Hotels and pensions In principle, it is again allowed to accommodate holidaymakers from EU countries. However, many accommodations are currently still closed.

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

Further easing by the end of June

The French government has one four-step opening plan decided. The first two stages have already been implemented. Further easing is planned by the end of June:

From June 9th:

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

  • Also Tourists from non-EU countries 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 loosening 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 are also recognized by the Robert Koch Institute as risk areas classified. The Foreign Office has one Travel warning pronounced. Affected are:

  • French Guyana

  • French Polynesia (including Tahiti and Bora-Bora)

  • Guadeloupe

  • Reunion Island

  • Mayotte

  • Martinique

  • New Caledonia

  • Saint Barthelemy

  • St. Martin

  • St-Pierre-et-Miquelon

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 tourism start planned for the beginning of May Tahiti for Germans and other Europeans has been postponed until further notice.

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