Feb 10 2021

Further Entry Restrictions Implemented

France

At a Glance

  • French authorities have further restricted entry into France. Intra-Company Transferees, non-resident UK nationals and posted workers from the United Kingdom are no longer allowed to enter France.
  • Individuals holding newly-approved Talent Passport visas remain permitted to enter, among those holding other entry permissions. Even though Talent Passport family visas are not listed on the travel certificate, some consulates are still issuing family visas. There is no guarantee that family members will be allowed to enter France.
  • For up-to-date information on COVID-19-related travel bans, restrictions and concessions, among other information, check Fragomen’s dedicated website.

The situation

The following previously-permitted entrants are now banned from entry in France due to the increasing rates of COVID-19 in the country:

  • Non-resident UK nationals and posted workers from the United Kingdom;
  • Individuals holding Intra-Company Transfer visas; and
  • Newly-approved Talent Passport family visas on a transitional basis.

 

A closer look

Individuals holding newly-approved Talent Passport visas remain permitted to enter, among those holding other entry permissions as listed on Fragomen’s dedicated COVID-19 website.

Impact

  • Entry bars. Affected individuals are no longer permitted entry unless eligible under another entry ground. Consular posts are progressively suspending visa issuance for the affected groups effective immediately, although some consular posts may issue Talent Passport family visas on a transitional basis.
  • Talent Passport family visas. Even though Talent Passport family visas are not listed on the travel certificate, some consulates are still issuing family visas. There is no guarantee that family members will be allowed to enter France.
  • Contact Fragomen. Affected clients are advised to consult their Fragomen contact to discuss alternative entry options.

 

Background

Last week, French authorities barred entry to all non-essential travel from outside the European Union, European Economic Area, Andorra, Monaco, San Marino, Switzerland and Vatican City, but continued to permit entry for individuals holding newly approved visas under the Talent Passport category.

Looking ahead

It is expected that France will lift some of the travel restrictions when the rate of COVID-19 infection decreases in the country.

For up-to-date information on COVID-19-related travel bans, restrictions and concessions, among other information, check Fragomen’s dedicated website.

Fragomen in France is Fragomen France AARPI., operating as an immigration consultancy/law firm in France.This alert is for informational purposes only. If you have any questions, please contact the global immigration professional with whom you work at Fragomen or send an email to [email protected].