COVID-19: France closes borders indefinitely

28 Apr 20

FRANCE

IMPACT – HIGH

France has closed its borders until further notice amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Further to the President Emmanuel Macron’s announcement on April 13, land and sea borders remain closed until further notice.
  • Travelers entering France under an exception to the entry ban (e.g., French nationals, third-country nationals holding a residence permit or those performing worked deemed essential) must print out an “International Certificate” and carry it with them when they travel.
  • The domestic lockdown implemented last month has been extended until May 11, as per Macron’s speech.
  • Under a March 22 order, residence permits expiring between March 16 and May 15 have been extended to 180 days. This extension, up from an initial extension of 90 days, applies to French residence permits, long-stay visas, temporary residence permits and temporary authorization of stay (APS).

Analysis & Comments: Employers should expect ongoing disruptions to employee mobility. The response to the COVID-19 pandemic continues to develop, and Deloitte will provide additional updates as information becomes available. Please check Deloitte’s COVID-19 Digital Map, available here, for information on travel restrictions and immigration changes in other countries.

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