Content published under Philippe's Government from 2017 14th Mai to 2020 03rd Juillet

Last update : September, 14th 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.


There are no health-related restrictions for travel to Metropolitan France from EU Member States, or from Andorra, Australia, Canada, Georgia, Iceland, Japan, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway, New Zealand, Rwanda, San Marino, South Korea, Switzerland, Thailand, Tunisia, the United Kingdom, Uruguay and the Vatican.

Travel to France from outside these countries remains restricted. For more information, visit the the website of the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs.

Travel to foreign countries remains limited. Visit the Travel Advice pages of the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs

Within metropolitan France, you may travel freely. You must wear a mask at all times on public transport.


Travel to the Overseas Territories

Specific rules apply to the French Overseas Territories.

If you are 11 or over, you must provide a negative RT-PCR test carried out less than 3 days before travelling to the Overseas Territories. This applies wherever you are departing from.

You may not travel to or from French Guiana, Mayotte, French Polynesia, New Caledonia or Wallis-and-Futuna except for urgent family or professional reasons. You will have to fill out and carry an exempted movement certificate and a declaration that you do not have COVID-19 symptoms (included in the same document). These documents can be downloaded from the Ministry of the Interior’s website.
On arrival in metropolitan France from one of these Overseas Territories, you will be encouraged to be tested or to respect a 14-day quarantine period.

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.

Restrictions and Requirements in Metropolitan France

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

The new school year for kindergartens, primary schools, secondary schools (collège) and high schools started as usual on 1 September 2020. Health measures are enforced according to the age of the students, including masks for pupils aged 11 or over and teachers.

In some circumstances a school or part of a school may shut for a short period. In this case, distance learning will be put in place by the school.

Universities will mix on-site learning and distance learning.

Many activities and places are subject to specific health precautions:
  • You have to wear a mask if you are 11 or over in enclosed public spaces: public transport, shops, museums…
  • You must wear a mask outside in some areas and towns, including Paris, Marseille and Lyon.
  • 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.
If the local epidemiological situation makes it necessary, local authorities may put in place further restrictions to reduce the spread of the virus.


From 1 September you will have to wear a mask on all indoor company premises except individual offices. Your employer is required to pay for the masks.
You must comply with the instructions given to you by your employer according to the situation in your company and your own situation;
You must ensure your own security and that of your colleagues by respecting the health advice given.

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.