Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there could be restrictions on entering France and attending the 73rd International Astronautical Congress in Paris. Below we have consistently updated COVID-19 travel restrictions and visa information.


COVID-19 – Conditions on travel to France

This information was updated on 09/08/2022


Travel restrictions

Since the beginning of the crisis, the sanitary border control system has made it possible to protect our health system and to delay the arrival on the national territory of variants with worrying characteristics.

In view of the new phase of the pandemic, the sanitary border control system has been lifted, in accordance with the law putting an end to the exceptional regimes created to fight the epidemic linked to COVID-19.

As a result, since August 1, 2022, the rules previously applied to travelers to France no longer apply:

  • travellers no longer have to complete any formalities prior to their arrival in France, whether in metropolitan or overseas France, and the presentation of a health pass can no longer be required, regardless of the country or zone of origin;
  • no more justification for travel (the “compelling reason”) can be required;
  • travellers no longer have to present a sworn statement of non-contamination and a commitment to undergo an antigenic test or a biological examination upon arrival on the national territory.

The same applies to travel between metropolitan France and each of the overseas territories.

Similarly, no justification of the reason for a trip from France, in metropolitan France or overseas, nor any certificate of exit from the territory is required by the French authorities to travel to another country.

On the other hand, foreign countries may maintain specific measures and formalities for access to their territory.


Find out if you require a Short-Stay Visa!


Because the Schengen member states do not need any type of visa to pass from one country to another, and since the Schengen Area has reached visa-free travel agreements with many countries the nationals of these countries are permitted to enter France for short-stay without the need to obtain a visa first.

The following categories also do not need a visa to enter France:

  • Holders of France resident permit
  • Holders of a residence permit of a Schengen country
  • Holders of a valid long-stay visa of a Schengen country
  • Holders of an EU family member’s residence or EU long-term residence permit
  • Holders of a passport of a “British National Overseas”, “British Overseas Territories Citizen”, “British Protected Person”, “British Subject”
  • Holders of a special residence card as a diplomatic or consular staff

If you are not part of the list above, you need a visa. You can complete your application online with France-Visas here, and then submit it to your local visa centre. France-Visas will provide you with all necessary information on how and where to submit your application.

Then, you can track your application progress here.

Please submit your application way in advance of your departure, as processing applications vary depending on your nationality.


For any questions, contact the IAC Secretariat at contact@iac2022.org