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French government announces health measures for travelers from China

2nd January 2023

After discussions with its European partners, the French government has decided to reinforce border sanitary measures for passengers coming from China. These measures are provided for by Decree N°2022-1771 of December 30, 2022. They apply to all passengers regardless of their nationality.

1) As of December 31, 2022, all persons aged six years or older must wear a mask on board airplanes bound for French territory from China.

2) As of January 5, 2023 (applicable to planes leaving China on January 4, 2023), and until January 31, 2023, passengers aged eleven and over must present a negative PCR or antigenic test result less than 48 hours old upon boarding.

This result must be presented in the form of a certificate in English or French, in paper or electronic format, attesting to the date and result of the test. Self-tests are not accepted.

3) As of January 5, 2023 (applicable to aircraft leaving China on January 4, 2023), all passengers must present to the airline on which they are traveling to France, before boarding, in addition to the negative test result, a sworn statement .

People who do not present the above-mentioned documents (test results and declaration of honor) are denied boarding.

4) France recommended earlier this week to travelers who plan to visit China, especially fragile and immunocompromised people, to consider postponing their trip, in the absence of an essential reason. Travelers who cannot postpone their trip are advised to have a complete and up-to-date vaccination regimen and to respect barrier measures.

Important notice for application Shanghai Visa Application Centre

25th December 2022

Dear Applicants. Due to Covid-19 epidemic, the operational capacity of TLScontact (Shanghai) Visa application center has been seriously affected. We will only accept visa applications for urgent departures between Monday 26th December and Wednesday 28th December. If you receive a cancellation notice, please do not visit the center and please reschedule your appointment as soon as possible. If you have an emergency, you can also leave a message by clicking on "Contact Us" on the Visa Centre website.

We sincerely appreciate your understanding as well as support and apologize for any inconvenience caused.

Important notice

21st December 2022

Due to the impact of Covid-19 epidemic, the operation of the Call Centre has been greatly restricted, which may result in unavailability of telephone numbers or long waiting times. If you have an emergency, you may also leave a message by clicking on the "Contact Us" button on our website.

We sincerely appreciate your understanding as well as support and apologize for any inconvenience caused.

Important notice for application visiting Visa Application Centre

28th November 2022

Dear applicant, in view of the severe and complex epidemic situation, please check the real-time measures on preventing and controlling Covid-19 in each city before submitting your visa application.

We sincerely appreciate your understanding as well as support and apologize for any inconvenience caused.

Closure of Visa application center in Guangzhou

18th December 2022

Due to Covid-19, the TLScontact Visa Application Center in Guangzhou will be temporarily closed from December 19 to December 23, 2022. Please reschedule your appointment and your trip accordingly. You can contact the Call Center in case of emergency. Please follow the upcoming notice for the reopening time.

We sincerely appreciate your understanding and apologize for any inconvenience caused.

Important notice for application visiting Beijing Visa Application Centre

6th December 2022

Dear applicants, the Visa Application Centre in Beijing has reopened from 6th December 2022. If you have a green Beijing health code, you may attend the building wearing a face mask. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

Important notice

24th August 2022

All types of visa applications for private passports are normally received at the Visa Application Center, except special circumstances, all received files will be sent to the French Embassy in Beijing on the next working day. For detailed application procedures, please refer to procedure page.

The sanitary control system at the French borders is lifted.

2nd August 2022

In view of the new phase of the pandemic, the sanitary control system at the borders is lifted, in accordance with the law putting an end to the exceptional regimes created to fight the epidemic linked to covid-19.

As a result, as of August 1, 2022, the rules previously applied to travelers to France no longer apply:

  • travelers no longer have to complete any formalities before arriving in France, whether in metropolitan or overseas France, and the presentation of a health pass can no longer be required, regardless of the country or zone of origin;
  • no more justification for travel (the "compelling reason") can be required;
  • travelers are no longer required to present a sworn statement of non-contamination and a commitment to undergo an antigenic test or a biological examination upon arrival in the country.

The same applies to travel between metropolitan France and each of the overseas territories.

Similarly, no justification of the reason for a trip from France, in metropolitan France or overseas, nor any certificate of exit from the territory is required by the French authorities to travel to another country.

All categories of short or long stay visa applications are now admissible (tourism, private visit, business, employment, studies, private family life .....) without restriction.

We sincerely thank you for your understanding and support.

Notice of relocation : Visa Application Centre of Beijing

15th July 2022

From 1st August 2022, Visa application Centre of Beijing will be relocated to following address: Room 1009-1010, Yingdi Center (Tower A, Wangxin building), Chaoyang district Beijing. Our Centre in 3F Parkview Green, No.9 Dongdaqiao Road, Chaoyang District will be closed from 1st August 2022.

We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience caused to you and thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

Important notice

12th July 2022

Please be advised that you may be asked to fill out two forms prior to boarding your flight to France.

Please click here to check the detail information.

Important notice from TLScontact Guangzhou

27th June 2022

Since 1 July 2022, TLScontact Guangzhou will begin to receive French applications also on Friday.

Please click here to check the address and opening hours of the center

Exemption of pre-approval for business visa application

13th June 2022

Since 13th June 2022, business visa application can be submit directly at TLScontact without approval in advance by the French Embassy or Consulates. The appointment for business visa application is now available for applicants. For more service information, please contact our call center.