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LATEST: Which countries impose quarantine and compulsory Covid-19 tests on arrivals from France?

With France battling a second wave of Covid-19, a growing number of countries are warning against travel to the country and imposing quarantine arrivals. Here's a look at the latest situation anyone travelling abroad from France should be aware of.

LATEST: Which countries impose quarantine and compulsory Covid-19 tests on arrivals from France?
Travellers from France do not have the green light for all countries. Photo: AFP

As France reports steadily increasing numbers of Covid-19 cases, several countries have taken action to impose quarantines on arrivals from the country or certain hard-hit regions.

The quarantine rules are based on the country you are travelling from, not your nationality, so anyone traveling from France will be subject to these rules, not just French people.

Here's a roundup of the restrictions in place


On August 24th Germany added two areas of France 'risk list'. These were the greater Paris region of Île-de-France and the Riviera region of Provence-Alpes-Côtes d'Azur.

Anyone arriving in Germany from these regions faces compulsory Covid-19 testing. Up until now affected travellers have had to be tested within 72 hours.

But from October 15th, affected travellers from risk zones coming to Germany will be ordered to go into a 14-day quarantine period. This can be ended with a negative coronavirus test. However, that test can only be carried out after the fifth day of returning to Germany at the earliest.

On September 9th the German government also added the regions of Occitanie, Nouvelle-Aquitaine, Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes and Corsica to the list of high-risk areas, therefore requiring travellers quarantine until they receive a negative Covid-19 test.

The implementation of this and the rules around it lies with the individual German states. Please contact the health department of the state you are visiting or living in for detailed information.


On September 16th Belgium introduced new travel warning for the two northern départemants of Nord and Pas-de-Calais, which were classed as “red zones”.

Brussels advised against travel to the two départements and said returning travellers would have to observe a period of quarantine and be tested for coronavirus.

Travellers must fill out this form.

The measure does not affect cross-border workers however.

This adds to a long list of départements classed red zones by Belgium.

They are: Paris, Ain, Alpes-Maritimes, Bouches-du-Rhône, Corse-du-Sud, Côte-d'Or, Essonne, Gard, Guadeloupe, French Guiana, Gironde, Haute-Corse, Haute-Garonne, Hauts-de-Seine, Hérault, Loiret, Martinique, Réunion, Rhône, Seine-et-Marne, Seine-Saint-Denis, Val-d’Oise, Val-de-Marne, Vaucluse, Var, Yvelines.

And from Friday September 18th Brussels says the following départements will be classed as red and subject to quarantine and test measures: Aveyron, Gers, Ille-et-Vilaine, Indre-et-Loire, Isère, Loire, Maine-et-Loire, Nord, Pas-de-Calais, Puy-de-Dôme, Pyrénées-Atlantiques, Pyrénées-Orientales, Sarthe, Seine-Maritime, Tarn-et-Garonne and Vienne.

More info in French here.


On September 11th  Swiss Health Minister Alain Berset announced that arrivals from French regions of Centre-Val de Loire, Hauts-de-France, Île de France, Normandy, Nouvelle-Aquitaine, Occitanie, Pays de la Loire, and Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur would be subjected to a 10-day period of quarantine.

The French island of Corsica was also added to the list.

“We have seen a number of new infections in France, which are today already higher that the numbers in March and April,” Berset said, stressing that “this is a situation to take seriously… We're trying to keep the pandemic under control.”

At the same time, he said, the government had sought a “pragmatic” approach and thus exempted the border regions in France and other neighbouring countries from the order, set to take effect from Monday.

“The idea is to preserve life along the borders where people live and work,” he said, pointing to heavy cross-border trade, as well as the many people who live on one side of the border but work on the other.

For more on Switzerland's quarantine rules for travellers from France click here.


Norway announced that anyone who arrives from France and Switzerland from Saturday, August 8th must observe a 10-day quarantine.

The country lifted its quarantine requirements for European arrivals on July 15th, but has since reimposed them for travellers from the vast majority of EEA and Schengen area countries (including France), as well as the UK.


Finland still has strict entry restrictions in place banning all non-essential travel. You can only travel to Finland from France if you can prove either residency in Finland, a family link or a professional reason for travel. Holidays and leisure trips are not allowed.


Travellers arriving from France are required to observe a 14-day quarantine on arrival. This can be done in your home or the place where you are staying, but you should restrict movements and social contact as much as possible You will need to provide information on arrival concerning where you will quarantine and the Irish government says that “checks will be carried out to ensure compliance with this measure”.


Iceland also has a 14-day quarantine in place for all arrivals from France who were born before 2005. However there is an option to be tested at the airport and, if the test is negative, you will then not have to quarantine


Denmark's foreign ministry is currently advising against all non-essential travel to France.

This means that, although there is no quarantine, restrictions are in place for travellers arriving from France. People who live in countries to which Denmark advises against travel are required to provide a so-called “worthy” reason for entering Denmark. This can include work or family reasons but not tourism. Detailed guidance can be found in English on the Danish police website here.


Greece also has border restrictions and screening at airports. Although there is no quarantine in place you will have to fill out a travel form 48 hours before your journey


The UK imposed a 14-day quarantine on all arrivals from France from August 15th until further notice. You can find full details of how the quarantine rules work here.

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On September 21st Italy's minister of health Roberto Speranza said he had passed a decree meaning that travellers from 7 regions of France would have to be tested for Covid-19 on arrival in the country.

The seven regions covered by the new measure are: Île-de-France, which include the capital Paris, Auvergne-Rhône Alpes in central/eastern France, the island of Corsica, Hauts-de-France in the north, Nouvelle-Acquitaine and Occitanie in the west and south west and the French Riviera region of Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur.

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Passengers arriving from France's two 'red zones' – Paris and the Bouches-du-Rhône département which includes Marseilles – are being told to quarantine for 14 days when arriving in the Netherlands.


Arrivals from Paris and Marseille airports will have to be tested and quarantined unless they hcan produce a negative test result carried at least 72 hours before arrival.

It's also worth noting that many countries such as Australia and Canada enforce quarantine on all arrivals, so if you are travelling there from France you will have to self-isolate either at a specific location or in government organised accommodation.


Member comments

  1. Whilst I understand people wishing to ‘holiday’ in the Nordic Countries, why do folk want to leave this beautiful country anyway ? Been here 17 years and neither my wife nor I want to leave !

  2. Iceland has actually updated their rules. You’re tested at the airport, quarantine for 4-5 days, then a second test.

  3. ukdave, I don’t understand anyone wanted to holiday outside of their own country at the moment. It seems more hassle than it is worth, with ever changing rules, from one country to the next and the potential to be locked down somewhere due to an outbreak.

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EU delays passport scan system and €7 travel fee until 2023

Two major changes that were due to come into force in 2022 for travellers entering the EU - an enhanced passport scanning system and the introduction of a €7 visa for tourists - have been delayed for a year.

EU delays passport scan system and €7 travel fee until 2023

Although both the EES and ETIAS schemes are still due to be introduced in the European Commission has pushed back the start dates for both until 2023.

It comes amid a chaotic summer for travel in Europe, with airports struggling with staff shortages and strikes while some crossings from the UK to France have been hit by long delays as extra post-Brexit checks are performed during the peak holiday season. 

The two separate changes to travel in the EU and Schengen zone were originally due to come into effect in 2020, but were delayed because of the pandemic. Now the EES system is expected to come into effect in May 2023, while ETIAS will come into effect in November 2023. 

The EES – Entry and Exit System – is essentially enhanced passport scanning at the EU’s borders and means passports will not only be checked for ID and security, but also for entry and exit dates, in effect tightening up enforcement of the ’90 day rule’ that limits the amount of time non-EU citizens can spend in the Bloc without having a visa.

It will not affect non-EU citizens who live in an EU country with a residency permit or visa.

There have been concerns that the longer checks will make transiting the EU’s external borders slower, a particular problem at the UK port of Dover, where the infrastructure is already struggling to cope with enhanced post-Brexit checks of people travelling to France.

You can read a full explanation of EES, what it is and who is affects HERE.

The ETIAS system will apply to all non-EU visitors to an EU country – eg tourists, second-home owners, those making family visits and people doing short-term work.

It will involve visitors registering in advance for a visa and paying a €7 fee. The visa will be valid for three years and can be used for multiple trips – essentially the system is very similar to the ESTA visa required for visitors to the USA. 

Residents of an EU country who have a residency card or visa will not need one.

You can read the full details on ETIAS, how it works and who it affects HERE.

Both systems will apply only to people who do not have citizenship of an EU country – for example Brits, Americans, Australians and Canadians – and will be used only at external EU/Schengen borders, so it won’t be required when travelling between France and Germany, for example.