This information is valid from 6 May 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 7PM 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 lockdown or curfew rules, you may be liable for a €135 fine. Further offenses may lead to larger fines or prosecution. Police checks are being increased.

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


At Home

DO work from home if you possibly can.

DO make sure to air your home several times a day.


YOU MAY meet other people in small groups of less than six adults.

YOU SHOULD NOT eat or drink with other people.

YOU MUST wear a mask and respect the barrier measures



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

Children and Education

Kindergartens (maternelles) and primary schools are open.

Secondary and high schools (collèges and lycées) are open. High schools and, in some areas, some year groups in secondary 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 will continue to apply current rules (i.e. distance learning in most cases). Students may go on-site one day per week.

Shops and other venues

Shops selling essential goods and services may open, as may bookshops, record stores, DIY shops, florists and garden centres, hairdressers, cobblers, chocolate shops, car sellers and estate agents. These shops must close for 7PM.

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

Public services remain open.

Places of worship may open. Congregations must practice social distancing (one row out of two and one seat out of three.


You must wear a mask in all venues.

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.


There are no restrictions on travel inside France.

Travel to and from France is strongly discouraged and may not be allowed, depending on the country from which or to which you wish to travel, and the reason for which you are travelling. Full information is available in English on the website of the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs.


1,700 vaccination centres have opened and are administering Pfizer and Moderna vaccines to all those aged 70+.

250,000 health professionals are mobilised to administer the AstraZeneca vaccine (and soon the Johnson & Johnson vaccine).

Those over 75 who have not yet been vaccinated will receive a call from the Assurance Maladie to ensure access to vaccination. You may also call a specific hotline to make an appointment (details to follow).

You will be eligible for vaccination:

  • From 16 April, if you are aged between 60 and 70.

  • From 10 May, if you are aged between 50 and 60.

  • From mid-June if you are under 50.

By the end of the summer, it is anticipated that vaccination will have been possible for all French adults who want to be vaccinated.

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 a metre 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.


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 call a doctor.

You should take a test as quickly as possible.

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

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.

What should I do if I have the virus?

If you have the virus, you must-self isolate for seven 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 seven 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. At the end of that time, you should take a test. If you live with the person who has the virus, you should take a test immediately. Contact a test centre to make an appointment.
After the test, go straight home and self-isolate until you have the result.


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.