international students studying in France reopening of borders


International students will be allowed to come to France from the 1st of July, whatever their country of origin, and the modalities of their reception will be facilitated. Their applications for visas and residence permits will be given priority.

In a joint press release published on Friday 12 June 2020, the Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs and the Minister of the Interior announced the gradual reopening of borders.


15 June 2020: opening of Europe's internal borders
From 15 June 2020, France will lift the restrictions on movement at its internal European borders. This concerns the entry into French territory of persons coming from countries in the European area (European Union Member States as well as Andorra, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway, San Marino, Switzerland and the Vatican).


It should be noted that, on the basis of reciprocity, restrictions will continue to apply with Spain and the United Kingdom:

  • Spain: Movement restrictions in force until 21 June. Until that date, air passengers arriving from Spain will be asked to carry out a fortnight on arrival in France.
  • United Kingdom: From 15 June onwards, travellers from the United Kingdom will be asked to make a fortnight's flight on arrival in France. However, restrictions on entry into France have been lifted.

From 1 July 2020: gradual reopening of the Schengen external borders
From 1 July 2020, France will gradually open the Schengen external borders. Given the stakes of university attractiveness, international students will be allowed, whatever their country of origin, to come to France and the terms and conditions of their reception will be facilitated. Applications for visas and residence permits for international students will be given priority.


Source :

Communiqué officiel : 2020-06-12-communique-de-m-le-drian-et-de-m-castaner-.pdf