This information is valid from 16th January 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

A nightly curfew is currently in force in metropolitan France. Between 6PM and 6AM you may only leave your residence 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;
  • 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;
  • 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.

An electronic version of the certificate is also available here (in French only) and may be presented to authorities on your smartphone.

If you do not respect these rules, you may be liable for a €135 fine.


You must work from home if it is possible to do so.

If you cannot work from home, staggered work patterns must be encouraged, to reduce the numbers of people both in the workplace and in public transport.


All schools from kindergarten to high schools will remain open during lockdown, face masks are compulsory for all children above the age of 6.

All university lectures will be by videoconference and libraries will be accessible only with an appointment.

Shops and venues

Shops and services, including public libraries, are open but must be closed at 6PM.

Bars, restaurants, cinemas, theatres, museums and gyms remain closed.

Public services remain open.

Places of worship may open.

You must wear a mask in all venues.

Overseas Territories

Curfew measures do not apply in overseas territories. In order to travel to an Overseas Territory you must present a negative PCR test less than 72 hours old. If you travelling from French Guiana, Reunion Island or Mayotte Island to metropolitan France you must present a negative PCR test as well.


Internal European borders remain open. . All travellers arriving in France from countries outside of European Union must present a negative PCR test less than 72 hours old in order to board a plane or boat.
If you do not have access to a PCR test in the country you are travelling from you will be tested on your arrival.

Find more information about travel to France on the website of the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs.

Masks must be worn at all times in public transport.

More information
Find more information for foreign nationals 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. Therefore, the following measures can help you protect yourself (and others) from the virus :
  • Wash your hands very often ;
  • 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 ;
  • Respect social distancing: you should remain further than a metre from others.
  • Wear a mask if social distancing cannot be respected.
What should you do if you are feeling ill?

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

If you have a cough and/or a temperature, and you have difficulty breathing and/or you are feeling faint, dial 15 or call or send a text to 114 if you have a speech or hearing impairment.


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.