France eases entry rules for (some) business travellers

By Linsey McNeill
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France has exempted business travellers on essential trips from its ban on UK arrivals.

It says ‘missions necessary for the pursuit of an economic activity requiring an on-site presence’ will be allowed, if they can’t be postponed.

Britons working for an international company headquartered in France, and their immediate family, as well as those travelling to France ‘for a compelling professional reason’ will also be allowed in.

Under new rules, first imposed on 18 December, visitors aged 12+ must still show a negative PCR or antigen test, taken no more than 24 hours before departure, and self-isolate for 48 hours in France then provide a second negative COVID test.

Visitors must also provide a sworn declaration they aren’t suffering from any COVID-related symptoms and fill out a form online stating their ‘essential reason for travel’.

Those allowed to travel to France from the UK are:

  French citizens, their spouses (married, civil union and cohabiting) and their children.

  European Union citizens or persons treated as such, as well as their spouse (married, civil partner and cohabiting partner) and children, having their main residence in France or who are in transit through France and returning to their main residence in a European Union country or assimilated or the country of which he is a national.

  Third-country citizens who hold a valid French or European residence permit or long-stay visa and whose main residence is in France or who reaches, in transit through France, his main residence in a country of the European Union or assimilated.

  British citizens and their family members who are beneficiaries of the agreement on the withdrawal of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland from the European Union and the European Atomic Energy Community. British civil servants exercising their duties, border police officers and customs officers. Channel Tunnel staff (engaged inter alia in operations, maintenance, security) or cross-Channel facilities staff.

  Citizens of other countries holding a long-stay visa issued for purposes of ordinary family reunion or refugee family reunification, beneficiaries of subsidiary protection and stateless persons.

  Foreign health or research professionals involved in the fight against COVID-19 as well as their spouse (married, civil partner, cohabiting partner subject to proof of community of life) and children.

  Foreign health or research professional engaged as an associate trainee.

  Citizens of other countries with a “talent passport” long-stay visa, as well as their spouse (married, civil union or cohabiting partner on presentation of proof of community of life) and children.

  Students enrolled in French as a foreign language (FLE) courses prior to enrolment higher education, or admitted to the orals of competitive examinations in French higher education institutions, or enrolled for the start of the 2021-2022 academic year. Researcher or teacher (including language assistants) settling in France at the invitation of a research laboratory, for research activities requiring a physical presence, as well as his/her spouse (married, civil union, cohabiting partner on presentation of proof of community of life) and his/her children.

  Workers in the land, sea and air transport sector or service providers (including drivers of any vehicle for the transportation of goods intended for use on the territory of a Member State as well as those who are only in transit or travelling as a passenger returning to their home base or to train).

   Missions necessary for the pursuit of an economic activity requiring an on-site presence (which cannot be postponed)

  Foreign citizens on duty with a diplomatic or consular mission or an international organisation with headquarters or office in France, as well as their spouse and children or a third-country foreign national staying in France for compelling professional reasons under cover of a mission order issued by the country of affiliation.

  Travellers in transit for less than 24 hours in an international zone

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