How to Enter France in 2021 for Further Studies?

11 February, 2021



Students who are eagerly waiting to study in France this year should know the process of entering the country.  France, unlike other countries, welcomes international students and researchers with full safety. The country is strictly following the safety measures against covid-19. 

How to Enter France in 2021 for Further Studies?How to enter France?

France has introduced a new process from 31st of January 2021 for international travellers to enter the country. The process to follow to enter french territory differs with the country you are coming from. There is a two-speed system in place :
  1. For those travelling from within the EU Region
  2. For those entering from outside the EU Region 

International students coming from European country to France 

International students coming from the European Union countries, Andorra, Liechtenstein, Iceland, Norway, Monaco, San Marino, the Vatican and Switzerland need to go through a simple procedure. You will need to show the following to the transport operator and border control authorities: 
  1. A negative RT-PCR test, within the last 72 hours of travel. Those who are coming from a country where an "RT-PCR COVID" virological test is not possible, a negative antigenic test can be presented. They should apply to the French Embassy for the test waiver with a compelling reason.
  2. A sworn declaration certificate stating that 
  • You do not have any symptoms of Covid-19.
  • You have not been in contact with someone who is suffering from Covid-19 in the last 14 days. 
  • Also certifies that you are ready for the isolation for 7 days after arrival and to take an "RT-PCR COVID" virological testat the end of the isolation period.
International students and researchers coming from the EU countries can enter France without providing any reason for travel. But both French and European leaders request people to avoid non-essential travel as much as possible.

International students coming from Non-European country to France 

All the international students and researchers who are travelling from outside the EU countries to France must have a compelling reason. You must present the following at boarding: 
  • A negative RT-PCR test. This must be within the last 3 days before travelling. 
  • A sworn declaration certificate with the same conditions as mentioned above.
  • An exempted international travel certificate. Here you will have to fill all your details and mention the reason for travelling to France from the list provided. The reasons mentioned in the list are:
  1. It includes students coming to attend the second academic semester as part of their study course in a higher education institute of France.
  2. Researchers moving to France for research activities which need to be conducted by the physical presence in the country.
  • Other documents proving the reason for your travel.
In nutshell, if you are coming from a country outside the European space, you will be allowed to enter France only with valid reasons. You should be ready with these documents before departing as it will be asked at the boarding.

Arrival in France

Once you enter France, you should isolate yourself for 7 days. At the end of isolation, you need to take a second Covid test. There are some rules applied by the French government for being safe from COVID, you will have to follow them:
  • You have to isolate yourself for  7-day when asked. You should stay at home and limit outings to essential needs.
  • Follow the applied curfew rules in France. Presently it is applied from 6:00 pm to 6:00 am.
  • Wear a mask  Compulsorily while leaving home. 
  • Download a french government application named TousAntiCovid.
  • Keep updating yourself with the official information from the French government and act accordingly.
  • Contact your institute for distance learning support for your study program.
  • Contact the doctor immediately in case you face any Covid symptoms 

Exit from France

There is no limitation for travelling to other countries within the European region. But for any exit from France to a country outside the European region must have a compelling reason. The certificate of travel from the French territory has a list of compelling reasons. This is available on the website of the Ministry of the Interior. This document should be presented before the transport operator and border control authorities at boarding. 
In short, despite the COVID-19 spread all over the world, France is actively participating to welcome international students and researchers from other countries safely. This shows the eagerness of France towards completing its goal of increasing overseas students admission in French Universities.