French Minister of the Interior Christophe Castaner and Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said in a joint statement issued Friday that the French government will lift travel restrictions on coronaviruses on its European internal borders on June 15.
Starting on Monday, people coming from European Union member states – as well as from Andorra, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway, San Marino, Switzerland and the Vatican – will be able to enter the French territory without restrictions.
“People from European countries are also exempt from quarantine upon arrival in France,” the statement said. “However, mutual restrictions will continue on the borders with Spain and the United Kingdom.”
France will maintain mutual restrictions with Spain until June 21, including a 14-day quarantine for all passengers arriving by air. Travelers coming to France from the UK will not be subject to entry restrictions as of June 15, but will be required to monitor the quarantine for 14 days upon arrival.
The statement said France will move towards gradually reopening the external borders of the Schengen area from July 1.
“This opening will take place in a gradual and different way, depending on the health situation of different third countries, and in accordance with the procedures that will be adopted at the European level by that time,” the statement said.
France will also prioritize visa applications and residence permits for international students.
“Given the challenges of university attractiveness, international students, regardless of their country of origin, will be allowed to come to France and their terms of arrival will be facilitated,” the statement added.