Franco-Swiss border: who can cross it, under what conditions?

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In an attempt to slow the progression of the epidemic, France has decided to limit cross-border travel. The traffic restrictions are in effect since midnight Sunday January 31st. Jean Castex, Prime Minister, declared this Friday to prohibit “any entry or exit of French territory from or to a country outside the European Union”. Some concrete cases to better understand these restrictive measures.

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How is Switzerland affected by recent announcements from the French government?
Swiss citizens wishing to travel to France must present a negative PCR test at the border, carried out less than 72 hours before. Switzerland, a member of the Schengen area, is subject to the same treatment as members of the European Union.

Who is exempt from PCR test to enter France?
Three categories of people are exempt from this obligation:

  • French frontier workers who work in Switzerland, whose urgency or the frequency of professional travel is incompatible with carrying out a test;
  • Road carriers in the exercise of their activity;
  • Residents of border living areas, i.e. greater Geneva, the main crossing points along the Jura, Les Rousses towards La Cure, Jougne towards Vallorbe, Villers-le-Lac towards Le Locle and Nord Franche-Comté towards Porrentruy, and the Basel agglomeration. Still within the 30 km limit, which means that if you live in Friborg, France is out of reach without a PCR test.

People benefiting from these exemptions must still provide the necessary supporting documents.

What are these supporting documents?

Cross-border workers can obtain a certificate issued by their employer or any other document proving their status. Motor carriers must present their delivery plan and itinerary. People residing in Switzerland and moving to France must do so within 30 kilometers of their home and present, in addition to their identity papers, proof of domicile in Switzerland.

I live in Geneva, am I allowed to go shopping in France?

Yes, if your purchases are made within 30 kilometers of your home. Indeed, no predefined motive limits the movement of people. However, “it is necessary to limit travel to what is strictly necessary,” recalls the Consul General of France in Geneva, Patrick Lachaussée. It is by limiting travel that we will limit the spread of the virus. ”

I live in Annecy, do I have the right to go to work in Geneva?

Yes. Even if the distance is greater than 30 kilometers, but it is necessary to have the status of border worker. You are therefore exempt from carrying out a PCR test, but must still justify your activity to the authorities in the event of a control.

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I live in Lausanne, can I go to Divonne?

No, because Divonne is more than 30 kilometers away. That said, you can go to Evian, but only by ferry. The French curfew must also be observed between 6 p.m. and 6 a.m. People who do not respect it can be amended

I live in Ferney-Voltaire, can I go to Switzerland to refuel?

Yes, if the gas station is within 30 kilometers of your home.

I live in Vevey and I have to go to Paris for a funeral. How to do?

You must present a negative PCR test of less than 72 hours, regardless of the mode of travel chosen. The presentation of this result to the control authorities or to the transport company must be accompanied by a declaration on honor (to download from the website of the Ministry of the Interior) certifying that you do not have symptoms of Covid-19 infection, are not aware of having been in contact with a confirmed case in the 14 days preceding the trip and that you agree to a biological test or examination can be carried out upon your arrival on French territory. This measure concerns all citizens aged 11 and over.

My child is just under 11 years old. What should I do to travel with him or her?
Younger people don’t have to take a PCR test. They only need to have the declaration on their honor mentioned above, but this does not include the possibility of carrying out a test or examination upon arrival.

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