Covid-19, travel to France, quarantine... answers to frequently asked questions. [fr]

Faced with the coronavirus - Covid-19 crisis, the French State, the Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs, the French Embassy in Ireland, are fully mobilized.

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Last update on 18/09.

How do I contact the embassy?

1. We invite you to read this FAQ carefully. It contains a large number of answers on the COVID-19 situation and on consular services, and it is updated daily.

2. If you did not find the answer to your question on this FAQ, you can send an email to the consulate at admin-francais.dublin-amba@diplomatie.gouv.fr

3. In case of emergency, and only in this case, you can call the Embassy’s emergency line at +353 (0) 86 603 1380.

I am French, Irish or EU national and I want to go to France. What’s the current situation?

I’m French. Can I go back to France?

Any French citizen as well as his/her spouse and children can naturally go back to France.

I’m Irish or another EU national. Do I have the right to go to France?

Yes. From 15 June, all EU citizens (as well as the British, Icelandic, Liechtenstein, Norwegian, Andorran, Monegasque, Swiss, San Marino as well as citizens of the Holy See) have the right to enter French territory.

For people traveling from the UK (and Northern Ireland): travel from the UK will no longer be restricted from 15 June 2020 midnight but in reciprocity of British regulations, travellers arriving from the UK will be asked to observe a 14-day quarantine period on arrival in France.

The Irish Authorities advise against all non-essential travel overseas until further notice. You can find more details on the DFAT website.

Do flights and ferries still operate?

Flights are gradually resuming. Air France now operates several weekly direct flights. You can check the flights on the Air France website. You can also reach Air France at +353 16 590 44 2 (Ireland) or +33 9 69 39 36 54 (France). Masks are now compulsory for passengers on Air France flights. Find all the information on this subject on the company’s website.
Visit also the Ryanair, Transavia and Aer Lingus websites.

For ferries, Brittany Ferries has cancelled all ferries to France. Check availability for Dublin-Cherbourg with Irish Ferries and Rosslare-Cherbourg with Stena Lines. Careful, vessels often fully booked.

I’m waiting for a flight or a ferry to return to France but don’t have accommodation, what can I do?

For our compatriots who are waiting for a flight and do not have accommodation, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has set up an emergency service to put French people stranded abroad in difficulty in touch with French people living outside France who volunteer to host them. This mutual assistance service, to offer accommodation or to request accommodation, is available at the following web address: www.sosuntoit.fr

The embassy stresses that this solution is only temporary, as those wishing to return to France must do so as soon as possible.

Can I travel to or from Ireland?

I live in France or in another country outside Ireland and I am due to travel to Ireland soon: what should I do ?

French authorities recommend postponing non-essential travel to Ireland. There is no ban on leaving French territory or on entering Ireland. However, please note the recommendations of the Irish government for people entering Irish territory below. Consult the Travel Report Card for Ireland from the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs by clicking here.

You are required to fill out the Passenger Locator Form before you arrive. Then, it depends on the country you’re are travelling from.

If you are travelling to Ireland from a location that is not on the COVID-19 Green List you will be requested to restrict your movements for 14 days. This includes: Irish citizens coming home, people with no symptoms, people who have tested negative for the virus in another location. The request to restrict your movement means: do not use public transport if possible, do not visit others, do not meet face-to-face with anyone who is at higher risk from COVID-19 and do not go to the shop unless absolutely necessary.

More information here.

If travelers subject to a fortnight plan to do so in a hotel or temporary accommodation, it is strongly recommended to duly check, in advance, that the structure accepts them for this fortnight.

If you are travelling to Ireland from a location that is on the COVID-19 Green List, you are required to follow public health advice.

More information here.

If your return flight will leave before the 14 day self-isolation ends
Public health advice for people arriving into the State from overseas is to self-isolate for 14 days. You do not need to remain in the country for 14 days. But you should follow this public health advice for the time that you will be in Ireland.

You do not need to self-isolate if you:

  • return to the Republic of Ireland from Northern Ireland
  • are an essential supply chain worker, for example, a pilot, haulier, maritime staff member
  • are briefly stopping over at an airport on your way to another country

Whan about quarantine measures when entering France or Ireland?

Am I affected by a quarantine measure when entering France?

No. People entering French territory from Ireland are not affected by the quarantine measure in France.

Am I affected by a quarantine measure when entering Ireland?

You are required to fill out the Passenger Locator Form before you arrive. Then, it depends on the country you’re are travelling from.

If you are travelling to Ireland from a location that is not on the COVID-19 Green List you will be requested to restrict your movements for 14 days. This includes: Irish citizens coming home, people with no symptoms, people who have tested negative for the virus in another location. The request to restrict your movement means: do not use public transport if possible, do not visit others, do not meet face-to-face with anyone who is at higher risk from COVID-19 and do not go to the shop unless absolutely necessary.

More information here.

If you are travelling to Ireland from a location that is on the COVID-19 Green List, you are required to follow public health advice.

More information here.

If your return flight will leave before the 14 day self-isolation ends
Public health advice for people arriving into the State from overseas is to self-isolate for 14 days. You do not need to remain in the country for 14 days. But you should follow this public health advice for the time that you will be in Ireland.

You do not need to self-isolate if you:

  • return to the Republic of Ireland from Northern Ireland
  • are an essential supply chain worker, for example, a pilot, haulier, maritime staff member
  • are briefly stopping over at an airport on your way to another country

What is the current situation of COVID-19 in Ireland and what measures have been taken by the Irish government?

What is the current situation of COVID-19 Coronavirus in Ireland?

As of 16 September, 31 549 cases of Covid-19 coronavirus have been confirmed. 1 787 persons died.

What measures have been taken by the Irish government?

Ireland is moving from a short-term emergency response approach to a medium-term approach to managing risk and repairing the damage that COVID-19 has inflicted on society.

The Framework consists of 5 Levels. The lower Levels of the framework will be activated when there is low incidence of the disease, with isolated outbreaks, low community transmission. The higher Levels will be used to deal with higher incidences of the disease. It will be possible for different regions and counties to be at a different Level to the National Level, depending on the incidence of the virus in that particular region or county.

Ireland is currently at Level 2 of the Plan for living with COVID-19 but county Dublin is at level 3

Find the details of the measures on the government’s website here.

How to ask my local community for assistance?

Covid Community Response is a national support helpline for individuals and organisations seeking assistance from their local community during the Covid-19 pandemic. Members of the public seeking assistance can now do so via text (086 180 0256) or phone call (021 237 7809).

Where can I find information on the virus and the instructions to follow?

Where can I find information on the situation in Ireland ?

To prevent the virus from spreading, it is imperative to follow the recommendations of local authorities. You can find them on:

You can download the HSE information booklet on Covid-19 here.

Stay informed by visiting the Ireland Travel Report (in French) Dernière minute des Conseils aux voyageurs pour l’Irlande

You can also read the FAQ of the French Ministry for Foreign Affairs.

Where can I find information on the situation in Ireland ?

For general information or to enquire about the situation in France, you can consult :

The French Ministry of Health has opened a call center on 0800 130 000 (7 days a week, 24 hours a day) which provides information on Covid-19 and advice for those who have traveled to at-risk areas or who had close contacts with people who have traveled to at-risk areas.

You can also read the FAQ of the French Ministry for Foreign Affairs.

What are the steps to take to protect yourself and others from the virus?

Follow this advice as strictly as possible and encourage others to follow this advice too:

  • Wash your hands properly and often
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve when you cough and sneeze.
  • Put used tissues into a bin and wash your hands.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Avoid close contact with people - keep a distance of 2 metres (6.5 feet) between you and others.
  • Avoid crowded places, especially indoors.
  • Avoid non-essential travel overseas and follow the DFA’s travel advice
  • Stay at home if you are sick to help stop the spread of whatever infection you may have.

You should use face coverings when using busy public transport or in an enclosed indoor public area, such as retail.

More information on the HSE website

How do I get up-to-date information on the situation from the Embassy?

If you are passing through Ireland, register on the Ariane website to be informed of the latest travel advice for Ireland (in French).

If you are resident in Ireland and have registered, information will be communicated to you according to the development of the situation at the email address you have given.

If you are a resident in Ireland but you are not registered in the Register, please register.

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I think I have symptoms of coronavirus, what should I do?

If you are experiencing flu-like symptoms like fever and/or cough and/or shortness of breath and/or breathing difficulties, you should immediately self-isolate regardless of travel or contact history. People in your household will need to restrict their movements.

Please contact your GP (family doctor) by phone. Do not go to your GP surgery in person. Do not travel outside or within Ireland but instead follow the guidance set out above.

Your GP will assess you and decide if a test for COVID-19 is necessary.

Please note: we have been informed that text messages sent by the HSE for test appointments may not work on French or foreign telephone numbers. We therefore invite you to give your Irish number, or the one of someone you trust.

You can also call HSELive on 1850 24 1850 for further guidance.

If it is an emergency, call an ambulance on 112 or 999 and tell them that you may have COVID-19.

In France, call the 15.

More information on the HSE website

I need psychological help, what can I do?

In case you need psychological help, you’ll find in our list of heathcare professionals the contact details of psychologists and psychotherapists.

Other help schemes are also available:

If you or someone you know is a victim of domestic violence, here are the organizations to contact in Ireland:

What about consular processes (passports, identity cards, visas...)?

What about consular processes (ID, passports) ?

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic and according to the instructions of French and Irish authorities, the French Embassy in Ireland is proceeding to a gradual reopening of its consular services.

Please click here to find more details about the gradual reopening of consular services.

How does the visa service work?

The visa service has re-opened for all types of visa applications. Appointments for visas need to be booked online by clicking here.

Professional travelers and EU family members should contact the visa service by email : visas.dublin-amba@diplomatie.gouv.fr

Please note we ask each applicant to come with a mask and his/her own pen on the day of their appointment.

Important: once the visa will be issued, passports will be exclusively sent by post. Therefore, each applicant has to provide a 8.20 € stamped envelope (Registered Post).

I have a "titre de séjour" (residence permit) or my spouse is not French. What’s my situation?

Can non-French people with a "titre de séjour" (residence permits) enter France?

Yes, non-French nationals holding a residence permit may, together with their spouse and children, return to their home in France. Those whose permit has been lost or stolen may apply for a return visa at the appropriate diplomatic or consular post.

The documents authorising residence in France have also been extended for a period of 3 months.

Certificates of international travel and overseas

In the context of the implementation of the state of health emergency in France, access restrictions to French Overseas territories are in effect. Every traveler is requested, from 8 April 2020, 12 AM, to fill out and carry one of the following travel certificates according to his situation :

  • for an international travel from abroad to French overseas territories

The document is to be presented to transportation companies before boarding, as well as to border control authorities.

You can download english versions of certificates of international travel and overseas here.

On returning to France, disembarkation at a French airport is allowed for French citizens, but is it allowed for foreign spouses?

French citizens, together with their spouse and children of another nationality, with a valid residence permit or visa, may continue to enter French territory and return to their home. The notion of spouse extends to the partner in a partnership and the cohabitee.

In the case of concubinage, an attestation of honor and concrete proof of concubinage must be presented by any useful document (family book, joint housing lease, invoice drawn up in both names at the same address, joint bank account etc.).

Published on 18/09/2020

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