Coronavirus COVID-19: the situation in France

Consult French government recommendations on the travel and health measures in place.

For recommendations updated in real time concerning measures taken on French territory, consult the Government / Coronavirus Info site. (External link)

Health measures in France

From October 30 and until December 1, France is enforcing lockdown measures, with adaptations for the overseas departments and territories.

Travel is limited, with a certificate, only to work, to go to a medical appointment, to assist a loved one, to do basic necessities or to take in fresh air near their home within a radius of 1 km (0.6 miles). Travel is allowed in the following cases:

  • Go to one's place of work;
  • Accompany one's children to school;
  • Go to a public service;
  • Shopping for basic necessities;
  • For medical reasons;
  • For compelling family reasons (eg providing assistance to a loved one);
  • Upon judicial or administrative summons;
  • To exercise individual physical activity in the open air, at a rate of 1 hour per day and within a radius of 1 km around the home.

A dispensation is applied for travel within the framework of those returning from All Saints Day holidays.

Private meetings outside the family unit, public gatherings and travel between regions are not permitted.

Shops defined as non-essential and establishments open to the public, such as bars and restaurants, are closed. Public service counters remain open.

Link to certificate (External link) (available on Oct 30 on the government website)

Details on the terms of application of this new phase of lockdown are updated in real time here (External link) .

Openings and closings

Currently open:

  • The counters of public services and banks;
  • Food shops and shops for basic necessities;
  • Pharmacies;
  • Parks, gardens, forests and beaches;
  • Public transport, whose level of service is maintained;
  • Hotels can keep an activity for essential business trips (restaurants being closed, only room service is allowed)
  • Take-out and restaurant delivery services;


  • Restaurants, bars and other establishments open to the public;
  • Museums and cultural establishments;
  • Sports halls and gymnasiums;
  • Shops defined as non-essential;
  • Performance halls, cinemas.

Other measures and restrictions

Wearing a mask is compulsory for anyone aged 11 and over, in enclosed public places throughout the country.

The obligation to wear a mask may be extended to places deemed relevant by the prefects of each department depending on the local epidemic situation. Detailed information is available from the prefecture (External link) . The map and updated data on the spread of Covid-19 in France are available on the government website (External link) .

A fine of 135 euros may be applied in the event of non-compliance with wearing a mask in the places concerned. In the event of a repeat offense within 15 days, the fine will increase to € 1,500.

• Wearing a mask is compulsory in public transport. Riders should ensure that the greatest possible distance is maintained between passengers or groups of passengers not traveling together. See more through the SNCF (External link) and RATP (External link) websites

• Wearing a mask is compulsory in taxis and rideshare programs.

Frequently asked questions about Covid-19 on the government website (External link)

Overseas Territories and Departments

The general measures applied in mainland France also apply in Martinique. Specific adaptations are planned for the other overseas departments and territories less affected by the epidemic. Tests are required on arrival and departure from these territories to avoid any risk of the virus spreading.

International Travel

The internal borders to the European area remain open yet the external borders are closed. French nationals currently abroad are, of course, free to return to French territory.

A negative COVID result of less than 72 hours is mandatory to enter the territory. In addition, in ports and airports rapid tests will be deployed for all arrivals.

Additional information on health checks at the borders according to origin can be found here (External link) .

Consult the websites of the prefectures or local authorities for more details.

Find out more: visit the website of the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs (External link) .

What are the "barrier gestures" to be observed to limit the spread of the coronavirus?

There are simple actions to protect your health and the health of those around you:

  • Wash your hands very regularly;
  • Cough or sneeze into your elbow;
  • Use disposable tissues and throw them away;
  • Greet others without shaking hands, avoid hugs;
  • Wear a mask when you are sick;
  • Wear a mask in closed public places, public transport, taxis and rideshare programs, in shops and in places deemed relevant by the prefects of each department depending on the local epidemic situation.