This information is valid from 29 July 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

Restrictions have been almost entirely lifted in mainland France. You must continue to apply the following barrier measures:

- 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 where necessary (see below);
- Limit social contacts as much as possible;
- Air rooms for at least ten minutes, three times a day;

- Use digital tools (TousAntiCovid, available in English).

Masks

In indoor public spaces (shops, offices, schools etc) and on public transport you must wear a mask that covers your nose and mouth. You don’t need to wear a mask in places where a health pass is required (although local authorities may review this).
 

If you are outside you do not need to wear a mask except in places where social distancing is not possible (queues, open-air markets, railway stations, etc.).
 

Where necessary, local authorities may require masks to be worn in other places.

Health Pass

You must present a health pass to access leisure and culture venues and events bringing together more than 50 people.
From early August, you will also need to present a pass in bars, restaurants, malls, hospitals (except if you are admitted for urgent care), retirement homes, residential care homes, and for long-distance travel by plane, train or coach. For campsites, and other holiday accommodation you will need to present a pass once, on arrival.

This list may be extended as necessary.

The health pass is not required for children under 12. It will be required from 30 September for young people aged 12 to 17, and for the staff of public venues.

The pass must prove one of the three following items:

  • That you are fully vaccinated (with an EMA-approved vaccine or similar):
    • Seven days after the second shot for two-shot vaccines (Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca);
    • Four weeks after the shot for one-shot vaccines (Johnson & Johnson);
    • Seven days 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 include a QR code that will be scanned on entry into the venue or event.

The French health pass is interoperable with the EU Digital COVID Certificate scheme for travel within the European Union, Iceland, Lichtenstein, Norway, San Marino, Switzerland and the Vatican.

Events

Capacity limits have been lifted for all events and venues. You will need to present a health pass.

Where necessary, local authorities may put in place further restrictions.

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.

Working

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

Tests

PCR and antigen tests are currently free for French residents who are covered by French social security, for French nationals living abroad visiting France, and if you are asked to take a test (you have a prescription or you have been notified that you are a contact case).

In other cases PCR tests cost €49.00 and antigen tests cost €29.00 for those not covered by French social security.

Vaccination

As of 25 July 2021, 62% of adults in France are fully vaccinated. You are eligible for vaccination if you are 12 years old or over. Visit sante.fr (in French) to make an appointment.

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.

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. From early August, you will need a health pass for long-distance trips by plane, train and coach.

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.

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. You should therefore always apply the barrier measures above, even if you are vaccinated.
 

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.


If you are fully vaccinated and have a negative test result, you do not have to self-isolate any further.

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.