Fortunately, we had our long stay visas already approved just before the lockdown. Sure we were stuck in the USA and couldn’t leave but eventually the visas issued in our time frame were auto extended for 6 months. In late July the interior minister issued a notice that allowed our visa type permission for entry. However, we still had to have an attestation from my husband’s employer stating the need for entry, his role also played a part in this. We had to have multiple documents in English and French, both of which were checked every step of the way.
I believe it came down to the visa at the end and staff listening to logic as we saw others get stopped even when they shouldn’t have. Our Visa allows us to travel but we’re not risking it. We’re staying put in Paris. We took a test upon landing and quarantine.
Here’s some information that might help but this is very specific to our entry. I recommend taking a Covid test before you go. However, I’ve seen them turn other people away on the same flight we were taking. The airport staff is very cautious and they don’t fully know what’s allowed or not and they will boot people because it’s a 15k euro fine per person.
A document from the Immigration director of the Ministry of Interior was issued beginning of June stating that “any holder of […] a long stay visa, which expires between 16 March and 15 June 2020 : […] can enter the Schengen area and return to France for an additional 6 months after the expiration date shown on the residence document”.
Exceptions : third country nationals arriving from the US holding a valid long stay visa and who have their principal residence in France can enter France.Quarantine measure : a 14 day quarantine will be necessary upon arrival.
Entry attestation – to be completed and signed (attached to this document)Valid passport on which your long stay visa is affixed General information on the extension of residency documents (attached to this document)Employment contract Proof of residence in France in your name
Here’s another two forms you will need. You should be able to grab it from the French government website.
INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL CERTIFICATE TO MAINLAND FRANCE
FROM A THIRD COUNTRY*