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Since the pandemic began, the rules on entry into France are the strictest they have been, and at present virtually no travel is allowed into France from outside the EU.

The very short list of ‘vital reasons’ to travel includes vital work and the death of a close family member. Travel for the purposes of holidays, family visits or visits to second homes is not allowed.

At Renestance it has come to our attention that British nationals have experienced difficulties entering France without a Titre de Séjour.  There are several stories circulating the media about people being turned back at the border. However, if you test negatively for Covid you are allowed into France with a printout of your request for a Carte de Séjour and crucially, you must also have your Attestation de Déplacement with you.

As a transitory measure, attestations must be accepted as proof of legal residence in France, so if you need to return to France urgently, take a copy of those 2 documents and print out a copy of the following guidelines to have with you, as below:

(The PDF above is the latest one at the time of writing. To check for updates, visit the following source page : http://www.mediam.ext.cnamts.fr/cgi-ameli/aurweb/ACIRCC/FICHE?3&FIC=2021/CIR-4-2021.PDF&TYPRECH=MULTI&SEL=O)

You can download the appropriate Attestation Form here:


If you have any questions about applying for a Carte de Séjour or to follow up an existing application, please contact us.

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The following article is in French but you can find the google translation through the link below: https://www.lefigaro.fr/voyages/quels-sont-les-motifs-imperieux-qui-permettent-de-voyager-20210201
Google translation: https://translate.google.com/translate?hl=en&sl=fr&tl=en&u=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.lefigaro.fr%2Fvoyages%2Fquels-sont-les-motifs-imperieux-qui-permettent-de-voyager-20210201

Dennelle Taylor Nizoux

Dennelle is the President of Renestance and a bilingual American who’s lived in France since 2000. She loves so many things about France, its language, culture, geography, quality of life... that she started a business to help others realize their dreams of living in this incredible place.

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