You all provided such great wisdom and insight concerning my recent Central America question that I wanted to put another question out to you. How easy has it been to get into France lately for non-French citizens?
My France Overland Transit Dilemma
I’m preparing to travel to Germany again with my family (just for a family visit) but need to pick up something in Paris. We could go about it in two ways.
First, we could fly into Paris, pick it up, then take the train to Germany. Alternately, we could travel to Germany, leave the kids with my in-laws, and Heidi and I could have a “date night” in Paris, pick up the item, then come back the next day.
But it is not lost on me that a “date night” in Paris is not very practical right now, with an overnight curfew and most restaurants closed. But that’s not my issue. My issue is actually just getting in.
My understanding of current French immigration policy is that EU citizens (and their spouses or parents – that’s me!) are allowed in, but must:
- provide a negative COVID-19 test, PCR only
- quarantine for seven days
- justify the purpose of your visit
- present a sworn declaration attesting that you are expecting no COVID-19 symptoms
The negative PCR test is not a problem, but what if we just want to stay one night? I have not seen any guidance on that. Obviously, we would not be breaking the 6:00pm curfew or trying to sightsee…it is not that type of trip. But is picking up merchandise considered a valid reason to enter Metropolitan France?
Seems it will be up to discretion of the border agent.
It also appears that both Germany and France have resurrected hard borders between each other, meaning if we dropped the kids off we’d have to obtain fresh PCR tests and again justify our journey.
So I’m left in a quandary. I may just wait till summer to pick up the item, but I’d rather do it while I’ll be so close, especially because I can easily fly into Paris or take a less than four hour train ride from Germany.
What are your thoughts on my predicament, particularly if you have actual experience in doing what I am considering? It doesn’t seem to matter in terms of border policy, but both my wife and I are vaccinated and I’ve recovered from COVID-19 and have antibodies.