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Restrictions at France’s borders: cross-border living areas finally recognised

February 2021

Restrictions at France’s borders: cross-border living areas finally recognised

Since 31 January 2021, anyone entering France, including from other European countries, must be in possession of a negative Covid test obtained within the previous 72 hours. However, this obligation does not apply to the inhabitants of cross-border living areas (for journeys lasting less than 24 hours) or to cross-border workers.

When checked, border area inhabitants must show proof of residence, proof of identity and, where relevant, a certificate from their employer.

This represents a major advance for cross-border cooperation and a recognition of cross-border realities.

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