What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

Most common symptoms:

  • fever
  • dry cough
  • Tiredness

Less common symptoms:

  • aches and pains
  • sore throat
  • diarrhoea
  • conjunctivitis
  • headache
  • loss of taste or smell
  • a rash on skin, or discolouration of fingers or toes

Serious symptoms:

  • difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
  • chest pain or pressure
  • loss of speech or movement

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Tips concerning COVID-19

  • Wash your hands frequently. Use soap and water, or a hydroalcoholic solution.
  • Stay away from anyone who coughs or sneezes.
  • Wear a mask when physical distancing is not possible.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
  • If you cough or sneeze, cover your nose and mouth with the bend of your elbow or with a tissue.
  • Stay home if you are not feeling well.
  • See a healthcare professional if you have a fever, cough, and have difficulty breathing.
  • Maintain your physical distance with others at least by 1 meter.

What are the rules imposed in France concerning COVID-19?

France government has imposed certain rules to prevent the spread of COVID-19:
  1. Obligation of using face mask to enter:
  1. No gathering of more than 10 persons and no rally with more than 5000 participants until 31st August.
  2. The practice of all individual and collective sports is permitted, except combat sport.
Learn more from the infographic by the French government  or find all actions taken by the French government in the battle with COVID-19

I want to go back to Malaysia. Is it possible?

Yes, it is possible. We advise you to follow the steps below:
  1. Inform the Embassy of Malaysia in Paris 1 week earlier before your departure back to Malaysia.
  2. Unless you are a Malaysian citizen, you have to be tested negative for COVID-19 through the swab test within 3 days before entering Malaysia.
  3. Download and activate the contact tracing app, MySejahtera upon your arrival.
  4. Fill up the form online through MySejahtera/QR Code given.
  5. Undergo a swab test (free for students) and temperature screening at the highest priority.
  6. You will be sent to 14 days quarantine at designated centers fixed by the government and the fees are borne by the passenger (RM135/day), except for sponsored students by MARA or JPA.

I want to go back to France. What steps should be taken?

As France has closed its border to other countries except EU members and certain countries, there are a few steps need to be taken in order to enter France.

  1. Send an email including a photocopy of your passport, titre de séjour and flight ticket to admin-etrangers.kuala-lumpur-amba@diplomatie.gouv.fr between 72 hours (minimum) and 3 weeks (maximum) before departure in order to obtain a certificate acknowledging your status as a student in France.
  2. Ensure that you still have an active residence permit or a long stay visa or a récépissé. If your visa has expired, please refer My visa has expired. Is it possible to renew it in Malaysia?
  3. You are advised to take PCR test 72 hours before your flight* . Please refer to the nearest public clinic or hospitals or private clinics  listed in the Cawangan Kawalan Amalan Perubatan Swasta’s Facebook page.
  4. Print and sign the attestation de déplacement and déclaration sur l’honneur d’absence de symptômes from the Ministry of Interior’s website
  5. Confirm with your airlines on the documents you should bring before travelling.

*Malaysia is not listed among the 12 countries in the EU Safe List. Some airlines don’t allow it’s passengers to board without a negative PCR Test. Not only that, a large number of transits take place in countries with a high number of active corona cases.

Procedure to enter France: Everyone is required to carry out a PCR test for COVID-19. If you arrive without one, you will be required to carry out the test on arrival and be on quarantine. If the results are negative, you will be able to travel in France freely
Quarantine instructions

My visa has expired. Is it possible to renew it in Malaysia?

  • If your residence permit or long stay visa expired between 16 Mars 2020 and 15 June 2020, you can request the embassy of France in Kuala Lumpur through mail a certificate that makes you eligible for a 180 days automatic extension.
  • If your residence permit or long stay visa expired before 16 Mars 2020 or after 15 June 2020, you will need to fix an appointment at the embassy of France in Kuala Lumpur for a visa de retour.

Send your request to : admin-etrangers.kuala-lumpur-amba@diplomatie.gouv.fr

Contact the embassy of France in Kuala Lumpur : +60 3-2053 5500

Learn more on the Embassy of France in Kuala Lumpur’s page.