France has released an updated list of high-risk countries. Travelers from any of the high-risk countries must provide a negative COVID-19 test in order to enter France, with some exceptions.

Key points:

  • The high-risk countries/territories are: Algeria, Argentina, Armenia, Bahrein, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Equatorial Guinea, India, Israel, Kyrgyzstan, Kosovo, Kuwait, Lebanon, Madagascar, Maldives, Mexico, Moldova, Montenegro, Oman, the Palestinian territories, Panama, Peru, Qatar, Serbia, South Africa, Turkey, United Arab Emirates and the United States.
  • Those traveling from Bahrain, Panama, the United Arab Emirates or the United States must provide test results showing that they tested negative for COVID-19 within the last 72 hours upon boarding their flight.
  • Travelers from the other countries/territories on the high-risk list are encouraged to take a COVID-19 test within 72 hours of departing for France and to carry their results with them to provide upon arriving in France. Those who do not, however, will be directed to a medical checkpoint where a can be completed.
  • Tests will not be required for children under the age of 11.
  • The French Consulate General in Lebanon has resumed the issuance of French visas for Lebanese citizens residing in Lebanon. French consulates located in high-risk countries are still limiting visa issuance to visas issued for students, spouses of French nationals and spouses of EU nationals.

Background: France began lifting COVID-19 entry restrictions in late spring and early summer. In June, France lifted entry restrictions for non-essential travel to France for citizens of European Union and Schengen Area countries. In July, France lifted restrictions on travel from 13 non-EU/EEA countries. France imposed the testing requirement earlier this month and updated its list of high-risk countries last week.

Analysis & Comments: France imposed the testing requirement earlier this month and updated its list of high-risk countries last week. Travel requirements in France remain fluid. The response to the COVID-19 pandemic continues to develop, and Deloitte will provide additional updates as information becomes available. Please check Deloitte’s COVID-19 Digital Map, available here, for information on travel restrictions and immigration changes in other countries.

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