This information is valid from 9 June 2021.

On this website you can find information and guidance from the French Government regarding the current outbreak of coronavirus disease COVID-19 in France.

Restrictions and Requirements in Metropolitan France


From 11PM to 6AM, a curfew is in force in metropolitan France. You may only leave your home for the following reasons and with an exemption certificate:

  • Commuting to and from work, school or training place; carrying out essential business trips that cannot be postponed;

  • Medical appointments that cannot be carried out remotely or postponed; obtaining medicines;

  • Essential family reasons, assisting vulnerable persons, persons in a precarious situation or taking care of children;

  • Persons with a disability and their accompanying person;

  • Judicial or administrative summons; meetings with legal professionals that cannot be conducted remotely or postponed;

  • Participating in a mission of general interest upon request from an administrative authority;

  • Air or rail transit related to long distance journeys;

  • Walking a pet outdoors within 1km of one’s place of residence and for a brief amount of time.

Further restrictions may be ordered by local authorities to respond to specific conditions in the area.

An electronic version of the certificate is also available on the TousAntiCovid application (English and French) and may be presented to authorities on your smartphone.

If you do not respect curfew rules, you may be liable for a €135 fine. Further offenses may lead to larger fines or prosecution.

During your stay in France, download and activate the
TousAntiCovid application (in English and French).

Working

Organisations are putting in place minimum levels of days of working from home. Workers in the public sector must work from home three days a week.

Children and Education

Kindergartens (maternelles) and primary schools are open.

Secondary and high schools (collèges and lycées) are open. High schools will apply a mix of distance and on-site learning.

All pupils over the age of six must wear a mask while at school (except in kindergartens).

University students will alternate on-site and distance learning.

Cultural activities

Cultural activities may restart with limited capacity:
 

  • Cinemas, theatres and show venues: 65% capacity, to a maximum of 6,000 people per room. A health pass will be required for capacities over 1,000 people.
  • Museums: one visitor for every 4m².
  • Seated open-air festivals: 65% capacity, to a maximum of 6,000 people. A health pass will be required for capacities over 1,000 people.
  • Outdoor zoos: 65% capacity.
  • Libraries: one seat out of two

Sport

Up to 25 people may practice sports together outside. Competitions held outside may involve up to 50 amateurs for non-contact sports only.

Indoor and outdoor sports venues, such as stadiums and swimming pools may allow up to 655% of spectator capacity, up to 6,000 people. A health pass will be required for capacities over 1,000 people

Ceremonies

Places of worship may open. Congregations must practice social distancing (one seat out of two).
These rules also apply to marriages and civil partnership ceremonies.
Up to 75 people may attend funerals.

Shops, bars and other venues

Most other venues must reopen with specific rules and capacity limits.

  • Shops and indoor markets: one client for every 4m²
  • Bars, pubs and restaurants: to full capacity in outdoor areas, and to 50% capacity inside. Patrons must be seated, to a maximum of six people per table. You may not eat or drink while standing or at the bar.
  • Casinos: 50% capacity. A health pass will be required for capacities over 1,000 people

You must wear a mask in all venues unless you are eating or drinking.
 

Health Pass

For public events bringing together over 1,000 people, spectators aged 11 and over will need to present a health pass.
The pass must prove one of the three following items:
  • That you are fully vaccinated (with an EMA-approved vaccine):
    • Two weeks after the second shot for two-shot vaccines (Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca);
    • Four weeks after the shot for one-shot vaccines (Johnson & Johnson);
    • Two weeks after the shot for vaccines administered to people who have already had COVID-19 (only one dose is necessary).
  • OR that you have been tested (PCR or antigen) with a negative result within the last 48hrs;
  • OR that you have recovered from COVID-19, attested by a positive PCR or antigen test result, at least 15 days and no more than 6 months old.
Passes can be digital (on the TousAntiCovid app) or in paper form (proof of vaccination or test result). They must be presented in English or French.
You will not need to present a health pass for acts of daily life (commuting, shopping, cinemas, etc.)

Overseas Territories

The measures applied in metropolitan France are not in force in the Overseas Territories. Each Territory applies specific measures, which may include curfews or lockdowns, depending on the circulation of the virus in the specific Territory. Visit the website of the relevant Prefecture or High Commission for the latest information.

Shops and indoor markets: one client for every 4m²
Bars, pubs and restaurants: to full capacity in outdoor areas, and to 50% capacity inside. Patrons must be seated, to a maximum of six people per table. You may not eat or drink while standing or at the bar.
Casinos: 50% capacity. A health pass will be required for capacities over 1,000 people

In order to travel to an Overseas Territory you must present a negative PCR test less than 72 hours old and a compelling reason to travel.

Travel

There are no restrictions on travel inside France.

The rules for travel to and from France depend on the country from which or to which you wish to travel, the reason for which you are travelling and your vaccination status.
Full information is available in English on the website of the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs.
 

Vaccination

Over 40% of people in France have received at least one injection in France.
You are eligible for vaccination if you are 18 years old or over. 12 to 18 year olds will be eligible for vaccination from 15 June. ;

Health advice

What is coronavirus COVID-19?


Coronaviruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses. COVID-19 is a new strain of coronavirus that causes illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases.

Common signs of infection include respiratory symptoms, fever, coughing, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties.


How can I protect myself from the virus?

The virus does not spread on its own. People who have the virus are the ones who spread it. Therefore, the following measures can help you protect yourself (and others) from the virus:

- Wash your hands very often or use hydro-alcoholic gel;
- Use single-use tissues, and then throw them away;
- Cough and sneeze into your arm or into a tissue;
- Do not shake hands or greet people with kisses on the cheek;
- Avoid touching your face;
- Respect social distancing: you should remain further than two metres from others;
- Wear a mask wherever it is obligatory to do so as well as in situations where social distancing cannot be respected;
- Limit social contacts as much as possible (and to a maximum of six people);
- Air rooms for ten minutes, three times a day.

- Use digital tools (TousAntiCovid).

What should I do if I am feeling ill?

If you have a cough or a temperature, stay at home, avoid contact with others and if necessary call a doctor.

You should take a test as quickly as possible.


If you have difficulty breathing, dial 15 or call or send a text to 114 if you have a speech or hearing impairment.

What should I do if I have the virus?

If you have the virus, you must-self isolate for ten days from the first symptoms. If you still have a temperature, you must self-isolate for a further 48 hours.

If you have the virus but no symptoms, you must self-isolate for ten days from the time you took the test.

What should I do if I have been notified that I am a contact case?

You must self-isolate for 7 days from the last time you were in contact with the person who has the virus, even if you have a negative test result. If you live with the person who has the virus, you must self-isolate for 17 days. Contact a test centre to make an appointment.
After the test, go straight home and self-isolate until you have the result.

Hotlines

A toll-free hotline service (French only) can answer your questions about the Coronavirus COVID-19 non-stop, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week: 0 800 130 000 (from abroad: +33 800 130 000, depending on your operator).

Please note that the toll-free hotline service cannot give medical advice.