GVA-CDG in the age of Covid 19

Old Apr 14, 20, 1:04 am
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GVA-CDG in the age of Covid 19

Hello everyone,

I'd like to find out how the new process works when traveling from GVA to CDG.
Do you have to present the Certificate of Exceptional Travel when crossing the border at GVA airport?
If so, how thorough are the checks, ie, do you have to justify the reason of your travel with additional documents or is the official form enough?
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Old Apr 14, 20, 2:56 am
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Originally Posted by JohnRain View Post
Hello everyone,

I'd like to find out how the new process works when traveling from GVA to CDG.
Do you have to present the Certificate of Exceptional Travel when crossing the border at GVA airport?
If so, how thorough are the checks, ie, do you have to justify the reason of your travel with additional documents or is the official form enough?
Thanks for your feedback.
I don't know exactly how GVA does it. But the procedure is clear:
https://uk.ambafrance.org/COVID-19-i...el-declaration

Assuming that you come from the Swiss side and cross the border to the French sector, you will be checked there and probably at check-in.
Remember that there are also travel restrictions in place all over France (meaning even for travel within France). So there is no way you will be able to travel to France without justification. The official form is not enough. Depending on your nationality and purpose, you will need to provide supporting documents as suggested on the website.
Assuming that you take an AF flight and currently reside in France (entering from the French side of the airport), the form is quite similar and supporting documents are needed for such a flight. AF will check at check-in.
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Old Apr 14, 20, 3:02 am
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Yes, you'll have to produce it.

Source says:

The document is to be presented to transportation companies before boarding, as well as to border control authorities
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Old May 12, 20, 10:39 am
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Hi,

has someone been visiting AF lounges in Paris recently - are there any food/drinks ? Has to travel to Geneva next week - I wonder if this flight is considered as an intra-France flight in Paris by Af authorities when registering and boarding. Due to the country restrictions have an access only to France and not to the Switzerland.

Thanks a lot for any hints in advance.
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Old May 12, 20, 10:55 am
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Originally Posted by maxmax3 View Post
has someone been visiting AF lounges in Paris recently - are there any food/drinks ?
From the Air France website:
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Old May 12, 20, 11:07 am
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Sorry fot not being clear. The question is if one has a French residence permit. As far as I understand, Swiss does not allow entering these days people with French resident permit into Switzerland under the COVID19 regulations. Otherwise, one can access Swiss without problem. My question was motivated by the fact that there is a French sector and exit from the airport ...

Thanks a lot!
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Apologies, I didn't realise that Geneva airport also had a similar dual country setup as EAP does!
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Old May 12, 20, 11:55 am
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No personal experience since Covid, but I don't see why there would be any problem at check-in in Paris for a French citizen (or resident permit in France) knowing that GVA has a sector in France. I am sure that controls at the Swiss border have been reinstated in GVA, so French citizens/France permanent residents will be sent back to the French sector of the airport.
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Old May 12, 20, 2:14 pm
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Originally Posted by Goldorak View Post
No personal experience since Covid, but I don't see why there would be any problem at check-in in Paris for a French citizen (or resident permit in France) knowing that GVA has a sector in France. I am sure that controls at the Swiss border have been reinstated in GVA, so French citizens/France permanent residents will be sent back to the French sector of the airport.
Indeed.

Just be careful if you have checked luggage. All checked luggage goes on the French delivery belt once and only once. If it's not reclaimed it'll go on the belts in the Swiss luggage hall which is in a very different part and not accessible without passing through Swiss immigration.
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Old Jun 29, 20, 2:46 am
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Good morning all,
do you know if the lounge is open in GVA?Thanks
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Old Jun 29, 20, 2:20 pm
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Good morning all,
do you know if the lounge is open in GVA?Thanks
As mentioned in the lounge thread, this lounge is currently closed, not because of Covid but for renovation. Re-opening sometime during summer, without precise date known.
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Old Jul 2, 20, 2:27 am
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I have been through GVA this morning. They have been handing out vouchers of 15CHF at check in desk. (enough for two coffees, a bottle of water and a chocolate bar)
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Originally Posted by San Gottardo View Post
Indeed.

Just be careful if you have checked luggage. All checked luggage goes on the French delivery belt once and only once. If it's not reclaimed it'll go on the belts in the Swiss luggage hall which is in a very different part and not accessible without passing through Swiss immigration.
So bags don't start to appear until the last pax is off the aircraft and in the hall?
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Old Jul 6, 20, 3:49 am
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Hi Goldorak, just got the info last Thursday that AF Lounge in GVA is going to be opened in the "beginning" of September ....
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Old Jul 7, 20, 5:40 am
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Originally Posted by BA6501 View Post
So bags don't start to appear until the last pax is off the aircraft and in the hall?
IIRC the belt in French territory is one level above the one in Swiss territory. Baggage make one round in France before dropping down into Switzerland.
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