Last update : June, 22nd 2020

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

While the lockdown has been almost entirely lifted in most of France, the epidemic remains present. It is therefore very important that you remain alert and that you respect both the barrier measures and the remaining restrictions.
 

travel


Travel to France is possible without any restriction from countries in the European zone (EU Member States, Andorra, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway, San Marino, Switzerland and the Vatican). Reciprocal quarantine measures remain in force if you are arriving from the United Kingdom.

Travel to France from outside the European zone remains restricted. You may be asked to respect a quarantine period on arrival.

For information on travel to France, visit the website of the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs.


Foreign travel remains limited outside the European zone. Visit the Travel Advice pages of the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs for country-specific updates (in French) or contact the consulate of the relevant country.

Within metropolitan France, you may travel freely. Please travel responsibly and consider whether your trip is necessary. You must wear a mask at all times on public transport.

Restrictions and Requirements in Metropolitan France


No more than 10 people may gather in any public space at present.

Kindergartens, primary schools and secondary schools (collège) are open and attendance is now mandatory. High schools (lycée) and universities have put in place distance learning.

Many activities and places are subject to specific health precautions :
 
  • Shops and markets are open, with health measures in place. You must wear a mask if the shopkeeper requires it.
  • Bars and restaurants are open with adapted measures.
  • Strict health rules apply for shows, cinemas, casinos and so on. There is an upper limit of 5,000 people per venue. Nightclubs remain closed.
  • Stadiums and racing tracks may reopen to the public from 11 July. There is an upper limit of 5,000 people per venue.
  • River cruises will be authorised from 11 July. We are working with European partners on the subject of sea cruises between European ports.
  • Contact sports are not currently allowed. You may however practice individual sports freely; you may also practice team sports, but you must respect a specific sanitary protocol.
If the local epidemiological situation makes it necessary, local authorities may put in place further restrictions to reduce the spread of the virus.

Employment


Working from home must be preferred whenever possible.

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.

The Overseas Territories


Specific rules apply to the French Overseas Territories.

Health checks upon entry into the French Overseas Territories are adapted for each territory :
  • Travellers to Guadeloupe, Martinique, La Réunion, Saint-Barthélemy, Saint-Martin and Saint-Pierre and Miquelon are required to carry out an adapted 14-day quarantine, including an RT-PCR test on the 7th day if they returned a negative PT-PCR test in the 48-72 hours after their flight. Travellers who did not undergo a RT-PCR test upon departure will be subject to strict 14-day quarantine measures.
  • Entry into French Guiana and Mayotte is only allowed for emergency family or work reasons, given that the virus is still actively circulating in these territories. Travellers arriving in these territories will be subject to strict 14-day quarantine measures.
For information on travel from foreign countries to the Overseas Territories, visit the website of the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs.

Within French Guiana and Mayotte, you may be subject to additional restrictions, particularly in French Guiana and Mayotte.

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.

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.