Temporary reintroduction of border controls at French borders inside the Schengen Area

The French authorities have informed CERN that, in view of the upcoming COP21 Paris Climate Conference, France will exceptionally reintroduce controls at its borders with Schengen states for one month from 13 November to 13 December 2015. All border posts and crossing points between France and Switzerland will be affected by this measure.


Members of the personnel are therefore reminded that, when crossing borders within the Schengen Area*, they must carry:

  1. either, in the case of citizens of European Economic Area (EEA) countries and Switzerland, an official identity document (identity card or passport);
  2. or, in the case of non-EEA and non-Swiss citizens, an identity document together with a Schengen visa if they are subject to this obligation, or an identity document together with a residence permit issued by a Schengen state** if they have one.

The French authorities will make every effort to limit the impact of this measure on cross-border traffic, and wish to thank the members of the CERN personnel for their understanding.

* Please see: http://www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/fr/IMG/pdf/07._carte_espace_schengen_document_no7_-2.pdf and http://www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/en/coming-to-france/getting-a-visa/article/list-of-schengen-area-member.

** The special residence permits issued by the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development and the "legitimation cards" issued by the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs are Schengen residence permits that allow travel within the Schengen Area. However, they are not recognised as official identity documents, irrespective of the holder's nationality.