Last update : May, 19th 2020 - 12 pm

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

Government measures

Since May 11th, lockdown measures are gradually being relaxed. They vary depending on the health situation of the department that you are in. Stricter rules apply in departments where the virus is highly active (red zones) than in departments where the virus is less active (green zones). The situation of each department is updated regularly.

 

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International travel

Foreign travel remains limited. 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.

Transport and travel in France

You may travel freely in your local area, respecting the ‘barrier gestures’ detailed below.

You may not travel over 100 km from your home (as the crow flies), unless you have an imperative family or professional reason to do so. You must complete a declaration for those trips.

Adapted public transport is available for trips to and from your place of work, school and medical appointments. Wearing a mask is mandatory in public transport.

Long-distance public transport (including air travel) is only accessible for imperative family or professional reasons. You must wear a mask.

Taxis and private-hire vehicles are available. Restrictions on the number of passengers apply. You must wear a mask in vehicles where there is no physical separation between the driver and the passengers.

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.

Schools

Kindergarten and primary school children may return to school, on a voluntary basis, since May 11th.
 
Middle schools (collèges) are gradually reopening in departments in green zones. They will remain closed in red zones.

A decision on high schools (lycées) and vocational training schools (lycées professionels) will be taken at the end of May.

Specific health measures are in place in schools, including a maximum of 15 pupils per classroom (10 in kindergarten) and social distancing rules.

Universities are shut and will not reopen before the summer break. Schools and universities have put in place distance learning.

Preschool daycare centres reopened on May 11th, with restrictions on numbers.

Shops, sport and social activities

Most shops and open-air markets are now open, with health measures in place. You must wear a mask if the shopkeeper requires it.

Bars and restaurants will not reopen until further notice.

You may carry out individual outdoor sports, as long as you respect social distancing rules. But team sports and contact sports remain prohibited; gyms, swimming pools and sport centres remain closed and professional sport will not resume this season.

Libraries and small museums reopened on May 11th ; larger museums, cinemas, theatres, beaches and lakes, summer camps and so on remain closed. Public parks and gardens may open in green zones.

Weddings will be rescheduled, except in cases of emergency. Funeral ceremonies remain authorised, with a limit of 20 attendees. Cemeteries are open.

Places of worship remain open but public religious ceremonies may not resume.

No more than 10 people may gather in any one place at present.

Further decisions on the above will be taken in due course.

Gatherings of more than 5,000 people will not be authorised before August 31st at the earliest.

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.

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.