Health measures: The French Overseas Ministry recalls the obligation to carry out a Covid-19 test within 72 hours before traveling to overseas territory from France


In order to limit the circulation of the virus, it has been mandatory since July 2020 to present the result of a negative Covid-19 test, carried out within 72 hours before departure, for trips from France to overseas. As the tourist season begins in the Overseas Territories, the French Overseas Ministry reiterates this obligation: checks will be systematic to ensure that it is respected.

The negative test which must be presented when boarding flights to overseas territories must preferably be a negative PCR test dating from less than 72 hours, or failing that a negative antigen test, sensitive to the VUI-2020-12- variant. 01 of the SARS-CoV-2 virus (clarification provided by the decree of December 23, 2020), the list of which was published on the website of the French Ministry of Solidarity and Health.

The decree of 23 December takes into account the very rapid development in the United Kingdom of this variant.

To take your plane with confidence, the recommendation is to come as far as possible to the airport while already in possession of your RT-PCR or antigen test sensitive to the VUI-2020-12-01 variant, carried out in town.

Testing centers allow you to perform your test directly at Paris-Orly or Paris-Charles de Gaulle airport, but it is mandatory to make an appointment online, and for those who are in this obligation to do the screening at the airport on the day of the flight, it is recommended to allow 2 hours between arrival at the screening center and delivery of the result (for more information, see the dedicated page on the Paris Aéroport website).

In addition, the Ministry of Overseas Territories invites people wishing to travel to an overseas territory to find out in advance on the website of the prefecture or the high commission on the restrictions on site in order to fight against the epidemic of Covid-19.

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