Coronavirus : mandatory PCR test 72h before departure, Starting on August 1st

Community News | July 29, 2020

From the Consulate General of France in New York

Starting on August 1st, a mandatory PCR test 72h before departure will be required for travelers willing to enter France from the USA. Tourists and foreigners are still not allowed to come to France.

Updated on July 27th 12:45 PM

Fighting the virus also requires tighter control of flows at our borders. France has drawn up a list of 16 countries where the virus circulates widely, and from which it will no longer be possible to come without proof of a negative PCR test before boarding or on arrival.

To date, this measure affects the 16 following countries:

  • Algeria
  • Bahrain
  • Brazil
  • India
  • Israel
  • Kuwait
  • Madagascar
  • Oman
  • Panama
  • Peru
  • Qatar
  • Serbia
  • South Africa
  • Turkey
  • United Arab Emirates
  • United States

Mandatory PCR test 72h before departure

Travelers departing from the United Arab Emirates, the United States, Bahrain, and Panama will have to present a negative PCR test 72 hours before boarding a plane for France, otherwise they will be denied boarding. It will therefore no longer be possible to travel to France if you cannot prove that you do not carry the virus.

This test will not be required for children under 11.

Mandatory PCR test on arrival

For all the other countries on the list, the PCR test will be mandatory on arrival. When arriving from a country where the virus circulates widely, but where it is not possible to get tested, testing will be required upon disembarking from the plane.


The international circulation attestation is still mandatory.

Get tested

  • Coronavirus test criteria and availability are changing daily.
  • Check your state guidelines
  • Call the coronavirus testing site before you go to learn about testing criteria, availability and hours.