PCR testing to enter France


31.01.2021

Starting Sunday 31 January at midnight, France has increased its health restriction measures. To enter French territory, all those aged 11 or over travelling from the European area, including Switzerland, must present a negative PCR test carried out 72 hours before departure.

This measure now applies to all those arriving in France by air, sea or land.

For land travel, this measure does not apply to cross-border commuters, road transportation or residents of regions bordering Switzerland and France (within a 30-kilometre radius and with a certificate of residence).
On 14 January, Paris had already decided to subject travellers arriving from countries outside the European Union (EU) to this rule.

France is not the first country to put in place such controls. Many other countries have enforced similar measures, requiring a PCR test and sometimes even an antigen test carried out a few hours before the flight.

In concrete terms, passengers at Genève Aéroport travelling to France will have to show their PCR test whether they are entering from the French sector or from the international side of the airport. Testing is carried out before departure.

Passengers travelling to France must also have a sworn statement attesting that they do not have any symptoms of Covid-19, that they are unaware of having been in contact with a confirmed case of Covid-19 in the fourteen days preceding the trip, and that they accept that a test or biological examination for virological detection of SARS-CoV-2 may be carried out upon their arrival in French territory.

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