France has imposed a mandatory 10 -day confinement for any unvaccinated person arriving from a "Red Country" . By "not vaccinated",

it must be understood "neither has been vaccinated nor has been vaccinated by a vaccine not recognized in France" (Vaccins recognized in France) ,

The methods of this mandatory confinement are not yet known.


► the curfew is over
► wearing a mask outdoors is compulsory from 9 AM to 10 PM in Brest


Since June 9, 2021, the flow of travelers between France and foreign countries
has been reopened according to modalities that vary depending on the health situation 
of third countries and the vaccination of travelers.

A classification of countries has been defined on the basis of health indicators. 
The lists of countries are likely to be adapted according to the evolutions of the epidemic situation.
Classification of countries as of July 1, 2021 based on health indicators
"Green" countries: no active circulation of the virus, no worrying variants identified.
 No particular restriction to come to France.

    VACCINATED: Vaccinated students and researchers must provide proof of complete vaccination
 and a sworn statement of no symptoms of covid-19 infection and contact with a confirmed case 
within 14 days prior to departure.

    NON VACCINATED: Unvaccinated students and researchers must provide a negative PCR 
or antigen test of less than 72 hours, a sworn statement of no symptoms of covid-19 infection
 and contact with a confirmed case in the 14 days prior to departure.

"Orange" countries: active circulation of the virus in controlled proportions, without dissemination of worrying variants: 
all countries, except "green" and "red" countries. Restrictions apply only to unvaccinated international students and researchers.

Compelling Motifs - Orange Country  (in French)

    VACCINATED: Vaccinated students and researchers must provide:

► proof of complete vaccination (vaccines recognized in France),

► a negative PCR test of less than 72 hours or a negative antigen test of less than 48 hours

► and a sworn statement of absence of symptoms of covid-19 infection and contact with a confirmed case in the 14 days prior to departure.


    NON VACCINATED: Unvaccinated students and researchers from "orange" countries must prove 
a compelling reason to come to France and present upon boarding:

► A negative PCR test of less than 72 hours or a negative antigen test of less than 48 hours

► A sworn statement certifying that the traveler does not show signs of Covid-19, that he/she has not met 
people with Covid-19 in the last 14 days and that he agrees to be submit to a screening test on arrival.
This certificate also certifies that the traveler undertakes to respect isolation for 7 days after arrival 
and to perform a PCR test at the end of isolation.

 ► An international travel certificate indicating the overriding reason for travel and the documents to justify it.

"Red" countries: Active circulation of the virus and presence of worrying variants.
Borders are currently closed for international students and researchers from these countries.

    Afghanistan, Argentina, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, India,
Maldives, Namibia, Nepal, Oman, Pakistan, Paraguay, Democratic Republic of Congo, Russia, Seychelles, 
Sri Lanka, Suriname , Uruguay and Zambia.

 More info in French on:
summary table of procedures relating to international travel
Vaccines recognized in France  
TousAntiCovid application

More info in English on:


To get vaccinated in France, you will need to be registered with social security.


Attestation de déplacement et de voyage
Compelling Reasons Plan applicable as of January 31, 2021, 12:00 a.m.

Persons wishing to leave the national territory to a country outside the European area must justify a compelling health, family or economic motive associated with their displacement.

The existence of this compelling reason will be checked in France before departure.

In the event of a false declaration or an invalid reason, boarding will be refused

Any exit from the national territory is now subject to the regime of overriding reasons, whether it concerns a French national, a national of a member country of the European area (European Union, Andorra, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway, Saint- Marin, Switzerland and Vatican) or a national of any other State.

Only travelers who fulfill one of the reasons for the exit certificate for compelling reasons are allowed to travel.

Download the  exit certificate for compelling reasons (in French for now) 

Indicative list of these reasons:
Compelling reasons of a personal or family nature:
    Death of a family member in the direct line of a brother or sister / Visiting a person whose prognosis is in danger, for family members in the direct line;
Required documents: act or certificate of death, medical certificate establishing the situation of the person whose vital prognosis is engaged
    Child custody by the parent with parental authority or whose custody right is recognized by a court decision
Required documents: court decision and supporting document for the place of residence
   Summons by a judicial or administrative authority
Required document: summons by the administrative or judicial authority
    Legal or economic impossibility of remaining in the territory in which the person is located / execution of a removal measure from the territory
Required documents: Expiring residence permit, act of dismissal, etc.
    Students at the beginning, resumption or end of the study cycle
Required document: school certificate issued by the institution
Compelling reason for health:
     Vital medical emergency (for the person as well as an accompanying person if their presence is essential)
Required documents: medical certificate, proof of scheduled hospitalization, etc ...
Compelling professional reasons:
    Missions essential to the pursuit of an economic activity, requiring an on-site presence which cannot be postponed and whose postponement or cancellation would have manifestly disproportionate consequences or would be impossible (including transport professionals);
Required documents: employer's certificate, professional card for international freight transport crews, international passenger transport, international maritime transport
    Health professional contributing to the fight against Covid 19 or participating in cooperation operations of major interest in health matters;
Required document: professional card
    One-off missions related to the exercise of public authority prerogatives (including diplomatic missions) that cannot be postponed or postponed.
Required document: professional card, mission order
    High-level professional athletes for participation in meetings validated by the Ministry of Sports
Required document: professional card, certificate issued by the organizer in conjunction with the Ministry of Sports
Since January 16, 2021, a curfew applies from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. throughout the metropolitan area.
The exceptional travel certificate is not necessary during the day and to travel between regions, however it is compulsory to travel during the curfew from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m.
Failure to comply with the curfew will result in:
    First sanction: a fine of 135 euros, increased to 375 euros (in the event of non-payment or non-dispute within the time limit indicated on the notice of violation)
    In the event of a repeat offense within 15 days: a fine of 200 euros, increased to 450 euros (in the event of non-payment or non-dispute within the time limit indicated on the notice of violation)
    After 3 offenses in 30 days: a fine of 3,750 euros punishable by 6 months' imprisonment.
The health situation continues to deteriorate in France and the virus is still dangerous for us and our loved ones. It is imperative to remain vigilant in the face of the Covid-19 epidemic.





There are simple steps to protect your health and that of those around you.

The virus does not circulate alone, it is humans who carry the virus, so the following measures, called "barrier gestures", are common sense measures:

Barrier gestures:

  •     wash your hands regularly with soap or an alcoholic gel;

  •     do not shake hands and avoid kissing;

  •     cough or sneeze into your elbow;

  •     use disposable tissues.

  •  Stay at home, avoid contact with others. Some people transmit the virus without feeling the symptoms.

Official recommendations
If you think you're sick, avoid public places. Do not visit frail people (elderly or sick). Avoid leaving your home. Follow the barrier measures (hand washing, mask). Monitor your symptoms, changes in body temperature and seek medical advice by phone or teleconsultation, DO NOT GO to your GP’s or to the hospital;


In case of  breathing difficulties:

  • Contact the SAMU immediately (French emergency services – dial 15)
  • Do not go directly to your GP’s or to the hospital. 

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