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Travel restrictions: which countries are still accessible to the French? (updated Malta 12/09/2020)


According to the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), you should know thatthere are 93 destinations (43% of all destinations in the world) that are hermetically sealed and 27 of them that have closed them completely for at least 30 weeks.

There was nevertheless a certain quivering, under economic pressure and companies in the sector which are experiencing very great difficulties.
But for now, the possibilities can hardly be counted more than on the fingers of both hands for the destinations popular with the French, which are mainly European ones.

We must also take into account that opening borders is no longer enough: check that air transport is operational, whether a visa or e-visa is required or not (and under what conditions).

Also note the health requirements (PCR tests) and that laboratory results are returned on time (72 hours in general) required by countries to be able to embark.
Last advice: in this delicate period it is particularly relevant to go through your travel agency who will be able to advise you on accessible countries and will guarantee you in the event of a package.



Air borders have been open to European travelers since July 1, 2020. Visas are issued by the Egyptian consular authorities in France.
As of August 15, 2020, all travelers, except children under 6, are required to present a negative PCR test carried out within 72 hours of arrival.
Tourists arriving directly in Sharm el Sheikh, Taba, Hurghada, Marsa Alam and Marsa Matrouh, without a PCR test before their departure, can do so on site with several hours of waiting. Not recommended.
Find out more: MAE


Air borders have been open to French travelers since August 1, 2020. Visas and e-Visas are issued by the Kenyan authorities.
Travelers wishing to travel to Kenya must show a negative COVID test within 72 hours to be exempt from quarantine if they do not show symptoms on arrival or during the flight.
Passengers must complete a form which will allow them to be contacted if a positive case should be detected on arrival. It is important before leaving to check whether your repatriation insurance fully covers the COVID risk.
Find out more: MAE

Air borders are open to European travelers. The issuance of e-Visas is handled by the authorities of Tanzania.
The requirement of a negative COVID-19 test of less than 72 hours to enter Tanzania only applies to passengers whose airline or country of origin requires this test upon boarding. They will then have to produce it on arrival.
For all others, the presentation of this test is no longer mandatory. Travelers with symptoms of COVID-19 may be subjected to a PCR test upon arrival. As of August 1, Kenya Airways flights between Kenya (Nairobi) and Tanzania (Dar Es Salaam / Kilimanjaro / Zanzibar) have been suspended until further notice.
In addition, the land border is still officially closed between Kenya and Tanzania, which can cause great difficulties for tourists likely to remain stranded on the Kenyan side.
All online purchases of tourist services (transport, safaris, etc.) in the country are strongly discouraged. Only the French agv can guarantee you the reality of the services.
Find out more: MAE

As of August 26, all travelers entering Tunisia, regardless of their origin or nationality, must present a negative PCR test for COVID-19, carried out less than 72 hours before the first embarkation and not exceed 120 hours on arrival. arrival on Tunisian territory. Children under the age of 12 are exempt from this test requirement.
In addition to this negative PCR test to be presented, entry into Tunisian territory is accompanied by self-isolation measures applicable to travelers on their arrival in Tunisia and determined according to a classification of the countries of origin in three zones ( green, orange and other countries) depending on the circulation of the epidemic and the risk of Covid-19 contamination.
French visitors with a package purchased at a travel agency are exempt from these formalities.
Find out more: MAE

AMERICAS – Closed borders or very complicated access

ASIA – Closed borders or very complicated access



You can travel in Germany, but multiple health constraints concerning, in particular, certain French regions classified in red, now make traveling there complicated.
Since August 21, 2020, Guyana has been classified as a “risk zone” by the German authorities, as have the Ile de France and Provence Alpes Côte d’Azur, Guadeloupe and Saint-Martin, Corsica, New Aquitaine, Occitanie and Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes.
Find out more: MAE

Since June 16, travelers from most countries in the European area (including France) can enter Austria without restrictions.
Find out more: MAE

You can travel in Belgium but multiple health constraints concerning, in particular, certain French regions classified in red, now make travel there complicated.
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Since June 15, unrestricted access to Bulgarian territory is allowed to people coming from another member state of the European Union (except Portugal and Sweden), the United Kingdom and countries of the Schengen area (including San Marino, Andorra, Monaco and the Vatican). Travelers from France are no longer subject to quarantine.
Find out more: MAE

Since June 30, citizens of member states of the European Union or the Schengen area, regardless of their place of residence, can freely enter Croatia, as well as members of their families. A number of health constraints are also in place.
Find out more: MAE

Since June 21, no entry restriction or quarantine has been in effect. However, any passenger wishing to travel to Spain by plane must complete a personal and non-transferable form: once completed and signed, the traveler will receive a QR code associated with their trip that they must keep on their mobile phone or print in order to be able to pass the airport health control.
In addition, the health situation in some regions (Catalonia for example) complicates travel. You have to be well informed before a trip.
Find out more: MAE

No special instructions for metropolitan France except for the health protocols (wearing the brand) according to the regions and their “color”.

Travelers over eleven years old must prove a negative Covid-19 test carried out within 72 hours before boarding. This negative result is a guarantee of safety: it is mandatory and will be requested upon boarding.
The passenger must also present a proof of honor that they are symptom-free and unaware of having been in contact with a confirmed case of covid-19 in the fourteen days preceding the flight.
The airline denies boarding to passengers bound for overseas territory who do not present either of these documents.
Passengers bound for Martinique, Guyana, Guadeloupe, Saint-Martin, Saint-Barthélemy, Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon, Réunion and Mayotte are no longer subject to a mandatory quarantine on arrival.
However, the public authorities recommend that those concerned scrupulously observe barrier gestures, avoid public gatherings and busy public places, and wear a mask during this period. They must also perform a test 7 days after their arrival.
Find out more: MAE

Can travel freely in Italy (including for tourism and are no longer subject to a quarantine) travelers from a country of the European Union, the Schengen area, the United Kingdom, Northern Ireland , Andorra, Monaco, San Marino and the Vatican.
However, many health guidelines depending on the region may apply.
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Since July 1, all people who reside in France or in one of the other EU countries, the United Kingdom, Switzerland, Norway, Liechtenstein and Iceland) are allowed to enter Greece. All Greek airports can accommodate international flights. All travelers must complete an online form https://travel.gov.gr/#/ at least 48 hours before travel.
In addition, random screening for Covid-19 may be requested upon the arrival of travelers, regardless of their nationality and their route of entry into Greece. Any positive test involves observing about fourteen in a structure designated by the health authorities, with support from the Greek authorities.
In the event of a deterioration in the health situation, temporary and targeted containment measures may be taken.
Find out more: MAE

The Maltese authorities have announced the reopening of the international airport for direct flights between France and Malta since July 1.
Since this Friday, September 11 at midnight, a PCR test of less than 72 hours will be required by the Maltese authorities for all travelers coming from the airports of Paris and Marseille. Persons who have stayed in countries with which the Maltese health authorities have authorized the reopening of borders (including France, list in English) are exempt from compulsory quarantine.
People who have stayed in countries not on this list during the fourteen days prior to their arrival in Malta are not allowed to travel to the country.
Any traveler traveling to Malta by air is required to bring a travel declaration form and a passenger locator form (available online, in English only) which should be given to the airline. flying to Malta or in a dedicated area of ​​the arrival terminal of Malta International Airport.
A temperature measurement will be taken by the Maltese health authorities at the arrival terminal.
Find out more: MAE

Travelers from Schengen area countries (including France), countries associated with the European area (Liechtenstein, Norway, Iceland, Switzerland) and the United Kingdom can travel to Portugal by air, land and sea .
Except in a suspected case on arrival in mainland Portugal, travelers are not subject to the obligation to carry out a COVID-19 test, nor to the obligation to comply with a fortnight.
However, each traveler is required to undergo a temperature measurement (via a thermal camera system) on arrival at Portuguese airports (including those of the Madeira Islands and the Azores).
You must also complete a form required by the Portuguese health authorities.
Find out more: MAE

French people and third country nationals have been allowed to enter Turkey since June 11 through land, sea and air borders with the exception of border posts with Iran. They will undergo a health check upon arrival and a free PCR test if they show any symptoms. In the event of a positive test for Covid-19, the French will be subjected to a fortnight.
Find out more: MAE

OCEANIA – Closed borders or very complicated access