Coronavirus COVID-19: the situation in France

Recommendations, hygienic measures taken, restrictions: read on for the French government's recommendations.

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

Visitors

Movement leaving or entering European space is prohibited excepting urgent cases. A re-evaluation will be carried out at European level on June 15.

Quarantine or isolation measures are possible for people who enter French territory.

Travel between mainland France and the overseas territories remains restricted, subject to compelling professional or personal reasons.

For more information: Coronavirus - Advice for Foreign Nationals in France from the French Foreign Ministry (External link)

Foreign nationals currently staying in France are encouraged to contact their embassy, airline and, if applicable, the company organizing their trip (tour operator or travel agency).

Information in the event of cancellation or postponement:
• Air France: https://www.airfrance.fr/FR/en/common/page_flottante/hp/news-air-traffic-air-france.htm
• SNCF: https://www.sncf.com/en/passenger-offer/travel-by-train/coronavirus-our-response (External link)
• Thalys: https://www.thalys.com/fr/fr/situation-sanitaire-coronavirus-mesures-commerciales-exceptionnels (External link)
• Eurostar: https://www.eurostar.com/uk-en/travel-info/service-information/coronavirus-and-eurostar-service (External link)

Measures on French soil

After a containment period from March 17 to May 10, new measures have been employed on French soil, in successive deconfinement stages.

Deconfinement stage from June 2 to 21

The measures in force during this stage apply to the entire French territory classified in the "green" zone, unless special mention is made of additional restrictions in force in Ile-de-France, Mayotte and French Guiana, which are classified in the "orange" zone.

  • Lifting of travel restrictions: it is possible to travel throughout the country, including overseas territories, without a certificate.

  • Reopening of parks and gardens, lakes, beaches and bodies of water.

  • Reopening of major museums and monuments throughout the country. Wearing a mask is still compulsory. Reopening of leisure and open-air parks in "green" zones, with a maximum capacity of 5,000 people, and on June 22 in "orange" zones. The same applies to theatres and concert halls, beginning June 2 in the "green" zones, with strict rules of distance, and on June 22 in the "orange" zones.

  • Cinemas and vacation campsites will be able to reopen beginning June 22 throughout the country. Clubs, racecourses and stadiums will remain closed at least until that date.

  • Restaurants, cafés and bars will reopen throughout the territory in compliance with health protocols (masks must be worn when moving around the establishment, tables spaced one meter apart (roughly 3 feet), tables available for a maximum of 10 people), except in "orange" zones where, until June 22, only terraces are authorised to receive the public. In the "orange" zone, hotels are authorised to open with room service only.

  • Collective accommodations (tourist residences, holiday villages, campsites, etc.) will reopen in the "green" zone in compliance with health protocol; in the "orange" zone, it is necessary to wait until June 22 for the same measures to take effect. For hotels, new sanitary rules are also being administered in order to offer clients reassurance.

  • Team and contact sports remain prohibited until at least June 21. The practice of individual sports is allowed.

  • The organisation of major festivals, sporting events and gatherings of more than 5,000 people is suspended until at least September. Events are authorised for up to 5,000 people in open-air areas until then, in covered areas subject to compliance with specific health regulations.

  • Wearing a mask is compulsory on public transport where distancing measures also may apply (only occupation in every other seat in Parisian metros and buses, for example). In Paris, it is forbidden to use public transport at peak times except for professional or urgently personal reasons. Find out more at the SNCF (External link) and the RATP (External link) websites.

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

  • It is forbidden for vessels with more than 100 passengers to call in ports in Corsica; and to call or anchor in the internal waters and territorial waters of the overseas departments and regions (Islands of Guadeloupe, Guadeloupe, Martinique, La Réunion, and French Polynesia) as well as Saint-Barthélemy, Saint Martin, Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon, Wallis-et-Futuna, unless an exemption is granted by the representative of the state applicable for those same collectivities.

  • A gradual reopening of schools is planned from May 11, except for higher education establishments which will remain closed until the summer.

  • French residents are also strongly encouraged to continue teleworking where possible and to work staggered hours so as not to create traffic congestion.

  • It should be noted that the wearing of masks may be imposed in certain areas throughout France at the request of mayors.

FAQs on COVID-19 from the French governement (French) (External link)

What are the ‘barrier actions’ to be respected in order to limit the spread of coronavirus?

There are simple actions to protect your health and that of those around you:
• Wash your hands very regularly
• Cough or sneeze into your elbow
• Use and dispose of single-use tissues
• Greet without shaking hands and avoid hugging or kissing
• Wear a mask if you are showing symptoms
• Wear a mask in taxis and rideshares