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Updated: Government Information on Student Mobility

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The below is a summary of the latest government information on mobility for study or research.

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The most up-to-date rules for students and researchers coming to France can be found here. Please check regularly to ensure that the conditions have not changed before leaving your country of residence.  

 

June 22, 2021: The French government has recently published updated rules for entry into France. The conditions for entering France will depend on your country of departure and your vaccination status. Countries have been designated into one of three color codes which will regulate incoming mobility for the time being:

  • Countries on the “green” list include: countries of the European space (European Union, Andorra, the Holy See, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway, San Marino and Switzerland), and Australia, Canada, Israel, Japan, Lebanon, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea and the United States.
  • Countries on the “orange” list include: every country in the world, except those on the green list and red list.
  • Countries on the "red" list include: Afghanistan, Argentina, Bangladesh, Bahrein, Brazil, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Paraguay, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Surinam and Uruguay

Arrivals from “Green” countries

(countries without active circulation of the virus and variants of concern)

International students and researchers coming to France from “green” countries may enter France without restriction.

Students and researchers who are already vaccinated must provide:  

  • Proof of full vaccination
    Full vaccination means: 2 weeks after the 2nd shot for double shots vaccines (Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca), and 4 weeks after the shot for single shot vaccines (Johnson & Johnson), or 2 weeks after the shot for vaccines in people with a history of Covid-19 (only 1 shot required).
  • A sworn declaration certifying that the traveller does not show signs of Covid-19 and has not met anyone with Covid-19 in the last 14 days.

 Non-vaccinated students and researchers must provide: 

  • A negative PCR test dated from less than 72 hours before departure.
  • A sworn declaration certifying that the traveller does not show signs of Covid-19 and has not met anyone with Covid-19 in the last 14 days.

Arrivals from “Orange" countries

(countries where the virus is actively circulating but in controlled proportions, without the spread of variants of concern. All countries except “green” and “red” countries.)

Students and researchers who are already vaccinated must provide:  

  • Proof of full vaccination
    Full vaccination means: 2 weeks after the 2nd shot for double shots vaccines (Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca), and 4 weeks after the shot for single shot vaccines (Johnson & Johnson) or 2 weeks after the shot for vaccines in people with a history of Covid-19 (only 1 shot required).
  • A negative virological RT-PCR test taken less than 72 hours or a negative antigenic test taken less than 48 hours before the flight.
  • A sworn declaration certifying that the traveller does not show signs of Covid-19 and has not met anyone with Covid-19 in the last 14 days.

Non-vaccinated students and researchers coming from an “Orange” country

Non-vaccinated students and researchers coming from “orange” countries must prove an “essential reason” to come to France which should be presented upon boarding. Essential reasons include: 

  • Students registered in FLE class (French as Foreign Language, such as the CIREFE) prior to a registration in higher education;
  • Students admitted to oral exam of entry exams in French higher education institutions;
  • Students registered for the academic year 2021-2022;
  • Researchers settling in France at the invitation of a research laboratory for research activity imperatively needing physical presence, and their spouse (married, “pacs” contract, partner upon presentation of a proof of joint living) and their children.

These non-vaccinated persons must provide: 

  • A negative PCR test taken less than 72 hours or a negative antigenic test taken less than 48 hours before the flight.
  • A sworn declaration certifying that the traveller does not show signs of Covid-19 and has not met anyone with Covid-19 in the last 14 days and accepts to be subject to a test upon arrival. This declaration also certifies that the traveller undertakes to respect an isolation period of 7 days after arrival and to carry out a PCR test at the end of the isolation period.
  • An exempted international travel certificate mentioning the reason for travel.
  • One or more documents justifying the reason for travel.

Arrivals from “Red” countries

(“Red” countries: countries with active circulation of the virus, and variants of concern) 

Since 24 April 2021, the French government strengthened measures at borders for a number of countries to tackle the spread of coronavirus variants. The list of reasons and categories of individuals coming from the aforementioned countries and allowed to enter the French territory is limited for the majority to national citizens only, their partner and children, and to citizens from the EU or a third country with their main residence in France. Study and research stays are not authorized.

More information can also be found on the Ministry’s website (available in English here) and the Campus France website in English here. Please note that the lists and related regulations may be subject to change as the health context evolves. 

Specific Information for new international students coming to Rennes 2 University

Since the health context is variable, we ask that incoming international students sign a statement that recognizes the potential for deteriorated mobility conditions, much like we did for students last year. Although we will do our best at Rennes 2 University to welcome students in as normal of conditions as possible, the current health context means that we cannot guarantee all of our “normal mobility conditions and activities”. 

For more information, or to receive the statement, please contact:

We also would like to remind you that all students in France (whether international or local) must comply with the health and security measures in place, whether it be related to curfews, lockdowns, testing and vaccinations, etc. More general information on the restrictions in place in metropolitan France can be found here.   At the above link, you’ll find government information (in English) on rules related to: 

  • Cultural activities, sports, ceremonies
  • Curfews, shops, bars, and other venues
  • Health Pass and vaccinations
  • Travel and health advice

Finally, and if possible, we would recommend all non-vaccinated students (international and local) to schedule an appointment to get vaccinated. For international students, upon your arrival in France, we recommend that you benefit from the French health system and its coverage of vaccinations and PCR tests, by registering for French Social Security as soon as possible. See the short video below (subtitled in English) for more information: