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5 May 2020

Conditions for people returning from abroad

In light of the Covid-19 crisis, a bill is making provision for laying down quarantine conditions for people coming into France.


For the record, there are already quarantine conditions in force for people entering certain French overseas territories from Mainland France or abroad: these had been laid down to maximise protection of these territories where the spread of the epidemic had not necessarily reached the same stage and where the state of the health service called for special vigilance.

The bill also provides for placing in quarantine French or foreign nationals entering French territory from a list of geographical areas to be determined.

The travel restrictions currently applicable at our borders will remain in force, incidentally: the quarantine measures therefore come in addition.

Naturally, decrees are expected to swiftly clarify and govern the arrangements for implementing the legislation. Accordingly, the arrangements under which these measures may be issued will be clarified: the terms bearing on duration, location, monitoring and leave restrictions will be determined after consulting the panel of scientists. The measures may only be pronounced upon proposal of the Regional Health Agency and, as regards isolation measures, on the basis of a medical certificate. Measures associated with a prohibition to leave the place of quarantine or isolation will be placed under the supervision of the liberty and custody judge, who may examine a case on his/her own initiative or be referred cases at any time, and in any event at the end of 14 days.

The quarantine measure will not apply to people entering French territory from countries in the European area (Member States of the European Union, Andorra, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway, the UK, San Marino, the Holy See and Switzerland), however.

This particularly means that quarantine will not apply to cross-border workers.

The travel restriction measures currently in force at our internal European borders will also continue to apply.

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