Travel to France | Obligation to submit a virologic screening test

PLEASE NOTE: Tourists and foreigners are still not allowed to come to France.

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Updated on October 26, 2020
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=> Questions and answers concerning the biological examinations for virological screening in the 72 hours preceding the flight.

What are the tests accepted to travel to France

Find below the list of tests now accepted to travel to France, please note that the last six tests on the list produce fast results.
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Decree of July 27, 2020, for all arrivals in France from Saturday, August 1, 2020

OBLIGATION TO SUBMIT A VIROLOGIC SCREENING TEST

In accordance with Decree no. 2020-911 of July 27, 2020, Travellers 11 years of age or older departing from the United States must present, as of August 1, the result of a COVID test performed less than 72 hours before the flight that does not conclude COVID-19 contamination. A list of available test sites in the United States, based on your place of residence, can be found on your consulate’s website. However, we recommend making sure that results will be available in time before taking a test.

In exceptional and documented cases where it is impossible to obtain a test within the time limit and there are compelling reasons to travel on the planned date, you may apply to the consulate competent for your residence to request a certificate of exemption.

The Consulate reminds you of the obligation to actively seek a COVID test before your departure and contact your insurance company for coverage information. If you can’t present neither a document attesting to the completion of a COVID test within the required timeframe, nor an exemption certificate, boarding will be denied.

In case of emergency only

To request an exemption certificate, please send the following documents to contact@consulfrance-chicago.org:

- copy of the passeport(s)
- copy of the receipt of the virologic testing(s)
- copy of the flight reservation
- and mention of the reason of the request

CERTIFICATE FROM ABROAD TO MAINLAND FRANCE or OVERSEAS COMMUNITIES and STATEMENT OF ABSENCE OF COVID-19 SYMPTOMS

Every traveler is requested, since 8 April 2020, to fill out and carry one of the following travel certificates according to each situation :
• for an international travel from abroad to France
or
• for a trip to overseas communities

From 25 May 2020, travelers are also requested to fill out and carry with them:
• a statement certifying they do not have any symptoms of a COVID-19 infection.

It is also important to note that, in the context of the Covid-19 epidemic, the external borders of the European Union and the Schengen Area have been closed to travelers from the United States since March 17 and that, in this context, only those persons who fall within one of the categories mentioned in the exempted international movement certificate for travel from abroad to mainland France are authorized to enter France.

You will find the exempted international movement certificate and the statement of absence of COVID-19 symptoms at the following address:
https://www.interieur.gouv.fr/Actualites/L-actu-du-Ministere/Attestation-de-deplacement-et-de-voyage

This information will be updated regularly based on further clarifications over the coming days.

GET TESTED

- Coronavirus test criteria and availability are changing daily.
- Check your state guidelines
- Call the coronavirus testing site before you go to learn about testing criteria, availability and hours.

FIND A TESTING SITE IN THE MIDWEST: CLICK ON THE STATES FOR A LIST OF TESTING CENTERS PROVIDED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH

- ILLINOIS

Experience shared by the French community:

Innovative Express Care
1111 W Diversey Pkwy, Chicago, IL 60614
Fast results.

University of Chicago Medicine (UChicago). Fast results.
The University of Chicago Medicine - 5841 S. Maryland Avenue - Chicago, IL 60637. Tel. 773-702-2800. Appointments only.

PrismHealthLab
2322 W Peterson Avenue, Chicago, IL 60659
Tél.: (800) 325-1812
Appointment online. Many openings. Results in 48h. Free with or without insurance.

Physicians Immediate Care
600 W Adams St, Chicago, IL 60661
Tél. : (312) 506-0900
Appointments online. In high demand. Make an appointment late at night (about 1am). Results in 20 min. $75 without insurance, $1 with insurance.

Corona Concierge
Offers PCR Test with results in 24 to 36 hours and Rapid Antigen Test within 30 min. Self pay for testing. Flexible hours day and night.
Service in Lincolnwood and West Rogers Park + option to come to your location for additional travel fee.
For information and to set up appointment:
Lincolnwood: Text 312-532-4849
West Rogers Park: Text 916-801-7473
or Email: CoronaConciergeChicago@gmail.com

DuPage County Health Department
111 N. County Farm Road - Wheaton, IL 60187
Tel. : 630-682-7400

CVS Wilmette
1515 Sheridan Road, Wilmette IL, 60091
Tel. 847-251-6223
Results in 48h.

- INDIANA

- IOWA

Experience shared by the French community:

DoctorsNow
640 S. 50th Street #1100 - West Des Moines, IA 50265
Book an appointment online - Ask for a PCR Test.

- KANSAS

- KENTUCKY

- MICHIGAN

Experience shared by the French community:

Oak Park Urgent Care & Walk-in Clinic
24661 Coolidge Hwy - Oak Park, MI, 48237
Tel. 248-398-4000

Spectrum Health
100 Michigan St. NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Tel. 866-989-7999
Test with doctor’s order or after a virtual visit - Results in 36 hours. Accept asymptomatic patients or patients who have not been in contact with people infected.

Henry Ford Health System / Henry Ford Medical Center
Fast results (about 24h) contact the centers directly to know more about access details (prescription, if appointment required...)

Bloomfield Township
1961 S Telegraph Rd,
Bloomfield Twp, MI 48302
Tel. 248-319-6240

Ford Road
5500 Auto Club Drive
Dearborn, MI 48126
Mon-Fri Tel. 313-982-8266 / Sat. Tel. 313-423-4705

Hamtrack
9100 Brombach
Hamtrack, MI 48212
Tel. 313-972-9007

Lakeside
14500 Hall Road
Sterling Heights, MI 48313
Tel. 586-247-2947

Woodhaven
22505 Allen Road
Woodhaven, MI 48183
Tel. 734-671-2852

- MINNESOTA

Experience shared by the French community:
Valley Pain Relief and Wellness Center
2428 East 117th Street - Burnsville, MN 55337
Appointments : 612-444-3000 | Information : 612-444-3000

- MISSOURI

- NEBRASKA

- NORTH DAKOTA

- SOUTH DAKOTA

- OHIO

Experience shared by the French community:

UC Health Lab
West Professional Building
3120 Burnet Ave #406, Cincinnati, OH 45229
Fast PCR results
More information

- WISCONSIN

Experience shared by the French community:

Walgreens
620 W Oklahoma Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53215
Make and appointment online. - Drive through testing. Contactless COVID-19 testing (self-administered) - Results guaranteed within 24 hours.

Marshfield Medical Center
Beaver Dam
707 S University Ave., Beaver Dam WI 53916
Tel. 920-887-7181
Test with doctor’s order - Make an appointment - Fast results for PCR tests.

Bellin Health-Green Bay and Clinica Hispana
704 S Webster Ave., Green Bay, WI 54301
Tel. 920-433-3456
More information at https://www.bellin.org
Bellin agrees to do the tests for people travelling.

Where to get tested in other consular districts

You must comply with airports and airlines rules and regulations regarding social distancing and mask wearing even if your Covid-19 test is negative.

Return to the United States: please visit the CDC’s website to know more about the recommendations or requirements before returning to the U.S.

Last modified on 16/11/2020

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