French overseas territories: travel information and local health measures

France's health measures during the Covid-19 pandemic extend to its numerous overseas territories too. Read our overview of what is in place.


Travel to the French overseas territories

Any travel to the overseas territories must currently be justified by a compelling personal, family, health or professional reason.

For air travel, you need to show a negative PCR test result from within the last 72 hours before boarding.

With regard to the current curfew in place in France, travellers to the airport to catch a flight to any overseas territory must be able to present their plane ticket, as well as a document justifying the trip.

In view of the varying local health conditions, the prefect may require compelling reasons for departure from and arrival into the territories. Supporting documents will be checked by the airlines or border police.

International flight restrictions may be imposed locally by the state representative or competent authority.

The specific measures for each community are detailed on the French government website. (External link)

For more information, consult the Overseas Territories Ministry website (External link) (French only).


Main health measures in place in the French overseas territories

Martinique

Travellers are required to:

  • Provide a negative PCR test result less than 72 hours old upon boarding the flight
  • Justify their trip with a compelling reason (including for travel from Martinique to Guadeloupe)
  • Self-isolate for seven days on arrival, and re-test after that period.

More information is available on the Martinique prefecture website (External link) .

Key measures in place:

  • Wearing a mask is compulsory in open public establishments and on pedestrian streets;
  • Access to beaches is prohibited between 7pm and 5am;
  • Shops in category M are allowed to open, subject to compliance with health and safety rules;
  • Establishments that cannot enforce permanent mask-wearing (e.g. restaurants and gyms) can continue trading by respecting the announced measures (schedules and health protocols);
  • Restaurants are allowed to stay open until midnight each night;
  • Bars remain closed, and the sale of takeaway alcohol is prohibited.

A fixed fine of €135 will be applied in the event of non-compliance with the rules.


Guadeloupe

Travellers are required to:

  • Provide a negative PCR test result less than 72 hours old upon boarding the flight
  • Justify their trip with a compelling reason (including for travel from Guadeloupe to Martinique)
  • Self-isolate for seven days on arrival, and re-test after that period.

More information is available on the Guadeloupe prefecture website (External link) .

Key measures in place:

  • As of March 7, a curfew is in place across the island and travel is prohibited between 10pm and 5am;
  • Wearing a mask is compulsory for people over 11 years old in any gathering of more than three people, in busy streets and in all establishments open to the public;
  • Gatherings of more than six people are prohibited on public roads, in public spaces (including beaches) or in a place open to the public, regardless of the activity;
  • As of March 1, shopping centres of over 20,000m² (215,278 ft²) are closed to the public with the exception of food stores and pharmacies (for medicine dispensaries only);
  • Restaurants are open, with table service only for a maximum of six diners, and a ban on the sale of takeaway alcohol;
  • Bars and nightclubs are closed and dancing activities are strictly prohibited;
  • The consumption of alcohol on public roads is prohibited between 8pm and 6am;
  • Access to beaches, huts and rivers is authorised between 5am and 7pm in maximum groups of six. Picnics are allowed at noon except on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays.


Saint-Barthélemy and Saint-Martin

Travellers are required to:

  • Provide a negative PCR test result less than 72 hours old upon boarding the flight
  • Justify their trip with a compelling reason (including for travel between the two islands)
  • Self-isolate for seven days on arrival, and re-test after that period.

More information is available on the local prefecture website (External link) .

Key measures in place:

  • Gatherings of more than six people are prohibited on public roads;
  • Gatherings of more than six people in public establishments must be declared to the prefecture;
  • Wearing a mask is compulsory in all public establishments and in the busiest streets;
  • Restaurants can continue to receive a maximum of six diners per table, with a two-metre distance between each group. All diners must be seated, and staff and diners must wear a mask is mandatory when moving around the establishment;
  • Bars and restaurants must close at midnight.


Tahiti and neighbouring islands

Travellers are required to:

  • Register on the local government's ETIS online platform and submit their request to travel at least six days before departure. As of March 3, a control on compelling reasons for travel is being systematically carried out by the High Commission in French Polynesia
  • Provide a negative PCR test result less than 72 hours old upon boarding the flight
  • Self-isolate for 10 days, re-testing on the fourth and eighth days.

More information is available on the French Polynesia prefecture website (External link) .

Key measures in place:

  • On the islands of Tahiti and Moorea, a curfew is in place from 9pm to 4am, during which all travel outside of home is prohibited. The curfew begins at 10pm on Thursdays and Fridays;
  • Wearing a mask is compulsory in enclosed spaces and public establishments, as well as in parks and city centres;
  • Gatherings of more than six people on public roads and in public spaces are prohibited;
  • Celebratory events in establishments such as party halls, marquees and tents, as well as on boats known as 'rave canoes', are prohibited. In Tahiti and Moorea these establishments are closed to the public;
  • Restaurants and bars must accommodate seated customers only, in maximum groups of six per table;
  • Performance and conference halls can accommodate the public in limited numbers. They must all be seated and masked, and catering areas remain closed;
  • Museums can also welcome visitors in limited numbers.

Cruises:
Until further notice, it is forbidden for any pleasure craft entering French Polynesia to stop over, drop anchor or moor, or allow anyone to disembark in the internal waters or territorial sea. Consult Aranui (External link) and Paul Gauguin (External link) for further information on the measures in place (External link) .

Tahiti Tourism (External link)

Réunion

Travellers are required to:

  • Submit their compelling reason for travel on the dedicated online platform (External link) . The list of passengers authorised to board will be provided to the airlines, which will systematically refuse to accept passengers who have not completed the form or whose application has been declined.
  • Provide a negative PCR test result less than 72 hours old upon boarding the flight
  • Self-isolate for seven days on arrival, and re-test after that period.

More information is available on the Réunion prefecture website (External link) .

Key measures in place:

  • Cruise ships cannot call, stop or anchor in internal waters;
  • A curfew is in place across the island from 6 pm to 5am;
  • Wearing a mask is compulsory when walking on public roads for all people aged 11 and over;
  • Picnics, as well as the consumption of drinks or food in public spaces and on public roads, are prohibited;
  • Gatherings and activities involving more than six people on public roads are prohibited;
  • Shops of over 20,000m² (215,278 ft²) (excluding pharmacies and food shops) are closed;
  • Restaurants can receive diners until 6pm and offer home delivery until 10pm;
  • Protocols at hotels have been reinforced: wearing a mask is compulsory for customers and staff in all common spaces and sporting areas. Table catering services remain open from 6pm to 10pm, for hotel guests only and in accordance with restaurant protocols.


Mayotte

Travellers are required to:

  • Submit their compelling reason for travel on the dedicated online platform (External link) . The list of passengers authorised to board will be provided to the airlines, which will systematically refuse to accept passengers who have not completed the form or whose application has been declined.
  • Provide a negative PCR test result less than 72 hours old upon boarding the flight
  • Self-isolate for seven days on arrival, and re-test after that period.

More information is available on the Mayotte prefecture website (External link) .

Key measures in place:

  • A curfew is in place from 6pm to 4am across the island;
  • All food shops must close at 6pm.


Saint-Pierre and Miquelon

Travellers are required to:

  • Provide a negative PCR test result less than 72 hours old upon boarding the flight
  • Provide a certificate stating their compelling reason for travel, including a sworn statement of no symptoms of Covid-19 and no contact with a confirmed case of Covid-19 within 14 days of the flight
  • Self-isolate for seven days on arrival, and re-test after that period.

More information is available on the local prefecture website (External link) .

Saint-Pierre and Miquelon does not have any local restrictions in place.


Guyana

Travellers are required to:

  • Provide a negative PCR test result less than 72 hours old upon boarding the flight
  • Justify their trip with a compelling reason
  • Self-isolate for seven days on arrival, and re-test after that period.

More information is available on the Guyana prefecture website (External link) .

Key measures in place:

  • A curfew is in place from 11pm to 5am in the following municipalities: Apatou, Cayenne, Iracoubo, Kourou, Macouria, Mana, Matoury, Montsinéry-Tonnegrande, Rémire-Montjoly, Saint-Georges de l'Oyapock, Saint-Laurent du Maroni and Sinnamary
  • Any gathering, meeting or activity involving more than six people in a public space is prohibited, except by special dispensation from the prefecture
  • In all municipalities, restaurants can remain open until 10:30pm while respecting health protocols. In the curfew zone, the sale of takeaway meals is permitted until 10:30pm
  • For municipalities in the curfew zone, the sale of takeaway alcohol is prohibited from 8pm to 6am.


New Caledonia

  • Borders are closed to international visitors.
  • All flights to the territory are suspended until July 31, 2021, with the exception of repatriation and freight flights, subject to authorisation. All travellers are encouraged to postpone their trips.
  • All travellers (personal and professional) who wish to come or return to New Caledonia for a compelling reason, whether or not they hold a plane ticket and/or a reservation, must complete a census form (External link) .
  • All arrivals must self-isolate in a government-arranged hotel for 14 days.
  • International cruise ships, fishing boats and pleasure craft remain banned from internal and territorial waters.

More information is available on the New Caledonia government website (External link) .

Key measures in place:

  • As of March 8, a strict lockdown is in force across the territory.


Wallis-and-Futuna

Travellers are required to:

  • Register with the flight organisation unit (COV) set up by the higher administration (cov@wallis-et-futuna.pref.gouv.fr)
  • Provide a negative PCR test result less than 72 hours old upon boarding the flight
  • Justify their trip with a compelling reason
  • Self-isolate for 14 days on arrival.

More information is available on the Wallis-and-Futuna prefecture website (External link) .

Key measures in place:

  • As of 9 March, a strict lockdown is in place across the territory.