Last updated: 29 June 2020

Travel within France

As of 2nd of June, travel within France is free: the certificate of special dispensation (attestation de deplacement derogatoire) is no longer required to travel within a perimeter of 100km around the place of domicile or within the limits of the department of residence. A special set of rules applies in the public transports in the region of Ile-de-France (cf. https://www.service-public.fr/particuliers/vosdroits/R55781).

For up-to-date information on travel in France, follow :

https://www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/fr/le-ministere-et-son-reseau/actualites-du-ministere/informations-coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-les-reponses-a-vos-questions/

Entering France

As of the morning of 15 June (12 midnight), in accordance with the recommendations of the European Commission, France has lifted all travel restrictions on its internal European borders (land, air and sea). People arriving from Member States of the European Union as well as Andorra, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway, San Marino, Switzerland and the Vatican can therefore enter French territory with no restrictions and are no longer required to carry an international travel certificate to do so. In addition, they are not required to observe a 14-day quarantine on their arrival in France.

An exception applies to travellers arriving from the United Kingdom who are requested to observe a 14-day quarantine on their arrival in France. However, the personnel of international organisations having their headquarters or an office in France, including CERN, together with their spouses and children, are exempt from the voluntary quarantine measure (unless they have symptoms).

All travelers arriving from third countries (all countries except European Union Member States and Andorra, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway, San Marino, Switzerland, United Kingdom, the Vatican) must complete and carry with them the “international travel certificate to mainland France from a third country” and a declaration on honour certifying that they do not have any symptoms of the COVID-19 virus (https://www.interieur.gouv.fr/Actualites/L-actu-du-Ministere/Attestation-de-deplacement-et-de-voyage).

 

Entering Switzerland

As of Monday, 15 June 2020, as the evolution of the pandemic has been favourable, Switzerland has opened its borders to arrivals from the countries of the European Economic Area and the United Kingdom. Freedom of movement between all countries in the Schengen area is fully re-established, as is free movement for all EU/EFTA citizens. This measure also applies to citizens of countries that are not members of Schengen but whose citizens benefit from the free movement of people, including citizens of the United Kingdom, Ireland, Bulgaria, Romania, Croatia and Cyprus (see here). Citizens of third countries arriving from the countries listed above who do not benefit from the free movement of people (e.g. if they do not have a valid long-term residency permit) remain subject to entry restrictions.

In this context, we remind you that:

  • Members of the CERN personnel (and their family members) who are not subject to visa requirements, but arriving from countries for which the restrictions on entry into Switzerland have not been lifted and who need to enter Switzerland to take up their functions must be able to provide proof of the reason for their entry into Switzerland ;
  • To allow them to enter Switzerland, CERN must inform the Swiss permanent Mission in Geneva of their arrival by means of a note verbale stating the reason for their travel, which must be submitted, accompanied by a copy of the passport, at least five working days before the date of travel;
  • The Swiss mission then draws up a document for each person concerned, authorising them to enter Switzerland;
  • Transit via Switzerland continues to be authorized;
  • Holders of legitimation cards, Swiss permits or valid Schengen visas are allowed to enter Switzerland without formalities.