Why should I visit France

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At the German diplomatic missions in France, public traffic is still possible to a limited extent. The opening times for individual consular matters can, however, differ significantly from the opening times before the start of the pandemic - so please inform yourself about the latest information on the individual websites of the diplomatic mission you would like to visit.

Restrictions on public life in France

It applies nationwide a fine Curfew (9 p.m. to 6 a.m.). Please refer to the French government website for information on the applicable rules. Certain exceptions can be asserted in urgent cases and with a certificate of exit. The certificate can be called up here as a blank form for printing or filled out here online or in the French Corona app "TousAntiCovid".

The ones from the French authorities The measures taken also apply to Germans who are in France. The German diplomatic missions abroad in France cannot issue certificates that could result in exceptions to be recognized by the French authorities. The French government answers questions about the curfew here or can be addressed to local French authorities, e.g. the prefecture or municipality where you are staying.

For people aged 11 and over, there has been an obligation, subject to a fine, to wear a face mask in all publicly accessible, closed rooms (including shops, banks, train stations, airports) since July 20, 2020. This requirement to wear a face mask has been extended to streets, squares, and other public places with more crowds. This is especially true in many areas of downtown Paris and other large cities. A face mask must, among other things, filter more than 90% of exhaled particles with a size of 3 micrometers (commercially available surgical disposable masks, appropriately certified commercially available fabric masks). Pay attention to local warnings and notices in the French media and follow instructions from the French authorities. Please refer to the website of thegovernment. There you will also find information on the French Corona app "TousAntiCovid" (currently not compatible with the German Corona app). You can find more information in German from the French Foreign Ministryhere.  

The local public transport works, travel options in long-distance traffic are limited. Please ask your travel provider about the existing connections. In long-distance trains, seats must be reserved in order to comply with the distance requirements; for travelers over 11 years of age there is one in local and long-distance public transport (including taxis) Mask obligation subject to a fine. In the stations and trains, follow the instructions for observing distances and other hygiene regulations.

In case of a Disease in France: The French government advises people with COVID-19 symptoms (cough, fever) to stay at home and avoid contact with other people. Call a doctor before going to a practice. He can advise you over the phone. If you have more severe symptoms, such as difficulty breathing, call the Ambulance Service (SAMU) on phone 15. The French rules for CoViD-19 vaccinations also apply to Germans residing in France, possibly also without “carte vitale”.

Cross-border traffic, entry and exit

1. General

Entry into France from the member states of the EU (and EU-equivalent: Andorra, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway, San Marino, Switzerland, Vatican State) is still possible, for onward travel within France the above exit and travel restrictions apply.Other international travel options are limited to a few exceptions.

Please also note the general and country-specificTravel and security advice from the Federal Foreign Office ForFrance and general Notes on the pandemic situation in Germany the federal government.

2. Travel to and in France

Travelers from the EU (and EU-equivalent countries Andorra, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway, San Marino, Switzerland, Vatican State) that are older than 11 years must enter France no more than 72 hours before departure negative CoViD-19 test (PCR) as well as a declaration of freedom from symptoms. When entering from the aforementioned states on the Land route be valid Exceptions from this obligation to test and provide evidence for trips of less than 24 hours duration and within a radius of less than 30 km from one's own place of residence, for work-related trips whose urgency or frequency do not allow such tests and for business trips by people involved in commercial road traffic. The existence of an exception must be proven with suitable documents. Transit by land is possible with the above-mentioned evidence and taking into account the night curfew.

For entry out other states and the French overseas territories Additional requirements apply which, depending on the classification, include the requirement of 72 hours (or 36 hours for virus mutation areas) prior to entry negative CoViD-19 test(PCR) as well as declarations to be symptom-free and, if you subsequently stay in France, provide for a 7-day quarantine (10 days for virus mutation areas with the whereabouts to be specified in advance).

Besides, the Entry from and the Departure in the direction of French overseas territories and most foreign countries (with the exception of all EU countries and Andorra, Australia, Iceland, Israel, Japan, Korea, Liechtenstein, Monaco, New Zealand, Norway, San Marino, Switzerland, Singapore, the Vatican State and the United Kingdom )Only permitted for compelling personal or family reasons, urgent health reasons or professional reasons that cannot be postponed. The existence of an exceptional circumstance must be proven by suitable documents and a corresponding declaration, which may have to be presented to a transport company before departure.

The classification of foreign countries and the resulting obligations as well as the respective declarations to be submitted can be found on the website of the French Ministry of the Interior in French and English.

For entry toCorsica a negative CoViD-19 test (excluding PCR) and a corresponding written declaration is required until further notice, subject to a fine. You can find more information on the website of the Prefecture of Corsica. Special provisions (compulsory PCR test, 7-day quarantine, then renewed test) also apply to travel to the Caribbean overseas territories and La Réunion. Travels to French Polynesia and New Caledonia are also only permitted with a special reason for travel.

3. Entry into the Federal Republic of Germany

a) Entry registration

According to the regulations of the Federal Ministry of Health, which came into force on November 8, 2020, travelers must, regardless of the means of transport used (private car, plane, train, etc.), before entering Germany here register electronicallyif you have been in a risk area in the last ten days. Please hold that then generated electronic registration confirmation ready in the event of an inspection (e.g. by the airline). With the entry registration, the health authorities responsible for the destination of the traveler receive the necessary information to be able to trace infection chains if necessary. The health authorities are also responsible for checking whether the existing quarantine obligation (more on this under point c)) is being complied with. If, in exceptional cases, it is not possible to submit a digital entry registration, you must fill out this substitute notification in paper form instead. In the event of violations, Fines to be imposed.

Exceptions (only if there are no symptoms) from the registration requirement exist, among other things, for cross-border commuters and cross-border commuters, those passing through without a stay in the risk area or in Germany, for those working in the transport industry or for stays of less than 24 hours in border traffic from 05/12/2021

b) Obligation to test and provide evidence upon entry

From January 14, 2021, in addition to the obligation to register when entering Germany, a Obligation to test and provide evidencethat after differently is designed, if entry from an ordinary Risk area (typical but not automatic criterion more than 50 cases of infection / 100,000 inhabitants / current week), one High incidence areat (typical but not automatic criterion more than 200 cases of infection / 100,000 inhabitants / current week) or one Virus variant area (Spread of a more contagious variant of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus). These areas are identified by publication on the website of the Robert Koch Institute. The entire French national territory has been a high incidence area since March 28, 2021 expelled. Since May 2, 2021, the Moselle (57) department is no longer considered a virus variant area.

Entrants from common risk areas must have a negative no later than 48 hours after entry Test evidence, one Proof of recovery or one Vaccination certificate feature, Entrants from high-incidence areas must provide the relevant proof upon entry to show Air passengers beautiful upon departure. For those coming out Virus variant areas Beyond that, stricter regulations apply.

The evidence can be in German, English, French, Italian or Spanish language be submitted.

As Test evidence is a negative one PCR test, which was made a maximum of 72 hours before entry or a negative one Test with in-vitro diagnostics for direct pathogen detection(so-called antigen or rapid test), the by an authorized body was carried out or monitored a maximum of 48 hours prior to entry.

As Proof of recovery A positive test result for the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus applies if the underlying test was carried out by laboratory diagnostics using nucleic acid detection (usually PCR) and was at least 28 days and a maximum of 6 months ago.

As Vaccination certificateProof of the presence of a complete vaccination against the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus applies if the vaccination with one or more of the vaccines named by the Paul Ehrlich Institute (PEI) (e.g. BioNTech, Janssen, Moderna, AstraZeneca) corresponds to the vaccination there number of vaccine doses mentioned above and the last required vaccine dose was administered at least 14 days ago.

Exceptions from the obligation to provide evidence when entering from high incidence areas are possible for cross-border commuters with the proviso that a test certificate must be renewed at least twice a week, as well as for travelers or for transport personnel in the transport of goods and goods with a maximum stay of 72 hours in Germany.

The details regulate the Coronavirus entry regulation from 05/12/2021.

c) Quarantine obligation

The requirements for aQuarantine obligation in Germany also forEntry from the EU-Member states, the Schengen area and Great Britain are currently in accordance with the classification published by the Robert Koch Institute for the entire French national territory currently given.Since March 28, 2021, the updated version of April 30, 2021 classification the entire French national territory as a high incidence area expelled, the Moselle department (57) has not been a virus variant area since May 2, 2021.

The Quarantine obligation is since May 13th, 2021 by the Coronavirus entry regulation of the federal government from 05/12/2021 and no longer regulated by statutory ordinances of the federal states. In principle, travelers from risk areas must go into quarantine immediately after entering their destination, either at home or in another suitable accommodation.

At Entry from a common risk area or aHigh incidence area the duration of the quarantine is 10 days, for entry from a virus variant area 14 days. For Recovered or vaccinatedthe quarantine obligation ends after entry from a normal risk area or a high incidence area with submission of the recovery or vaccination certificate at the responsible health authority. On the other hand, a new test for the premature termination of the Quranic obligation after staying in a high incidence areano earlier than 5 days after entry in the federal territory and the corresponding negative test certificate sent to the responsible authorities via www.einreiseanmeldung.de.

After staying in a virus variant area it is not possible to shorten the quarantine period.

Other exceptions (only if there are no symptoms) from the quarantine obligation at Entry from high incidence areas exist, among other things, for cross-border commuters, those passing through without a stay in the risk area or in Germany, for those working in the transport industry or for stays of less than 24 hours in border traffic.

Further information can be found on the website of the Federal Ministry of Health, details are regulated by the Coronavirus Entry Ordinance of May 12, 2021. This website of the federal government refers to the additional regulations applicable in the individual federal states.

You can address questions about the quarantine requirement to the health department at your travel destination. A list of links to the State health authoritiessee this article.

d) curfew in particularly affected counties

In Counties with an incidence of more than 100 cases of infection / 100,000 inhabitants / current week will apply from April 23, 2021 according to Section 28 b of the Infection Protection Act, a nightly Curfew between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. It is still possible to travel through these districts without staying, as well as exceptions, for example for professional or urgent private travel reasons. The affected districts are announced by the respective federal states. Before you leave, check to see if your travel plans are affected.