Coronavirus in France

France has been severely touched by the coronavirus epidemic. The French government took strict measures in order to limit the spread of the virus in the population and has announced the establishment of a curfew.

New restrictions for a duration of 4 weeks

Starting the 3rd of April for a duration of 4 weeks, new restrictions will be set in place throughout all metropolitan France:­­

  • Daytime travel beyond 10 km is prohibited except for imperative reasons (with the presentation of an attestation)
  • The curfew will remain in force from 7pm to 6am (all non-justified outings during these hours may be sanctioned with a fine of 135€ up to 3750€ in the event of repeat offense). You must justify any travel during the curfew with a compulsory certificate (examples: commuting to and from work, to a professional training course, or to a business trip that cannot be postponed; imperative family reasons, medical reasons, take part in missions of general interest at the request of the administrative authority,people with disabilities, walk a pet around your home).
  • No inter-regional movement is authorised after Monday the 5th of April, except for compelling reasons. Return to France for French citizens from abroad and border-region workers remains possible.
  • Only businesses selling goods and services of first necessity are authorised to open along with bookstores, record shops, hardware shops, plant and flower shops, hairdressers, shoe shops, chocolate shops, car dealerships, and real estate agents.
  • Childcare centres, grade schools, middle schools, and high schools are closed for 3 weeks starting the 5th of April: The first week will be a week of at-home classes for all students from kindergarten to high school. Then, the 2 other weeks will correspond to the spring holidays, regardless of academic zone.
  • Cinemas, theatres, museums, restaurants and cafés are closed ;
  • Reception of the public in sports centres, circuses, zoos, gambling halls and casinos are prohibited ;
  • Remote working should be systematised wherever possible ;
  • Meetings of more than six people are not permitted on the street : 
  • physical distance of 2 metres must be maintained between two people who are not wearing masks ;

The French government recommends the wearing of surgical masks, FFP2 masks or category 1 fabric masks because they offer better protection from COVID-19 transmission than fabric face coverings. You will find on the website of the government in French all you need to know on living in France in times of coronavirus. 

What are the conditions for entering France?

  • You are arriving from an EU country

You must present a negative PCR test within 72 hours except :

- if you live less than 30 km from a border and you travel outside France for less than 24 hours;

- if you are a frontier worker; 

- if you are a road haulier.

  • You are coming from a non-EU country

If you are arriving in France from a non-EU country other than Australia, South Korea, Israel, Japan, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and Singapore, you must provide a compelling reason of a "personal or family nature, health reasons of an emergency nature or professional reasons". If you have a compelling reason, you must :

- present a negative PCR test less than 72 hours before your departure,

- submit a sworn declaration that you have no symptoms of covid-19 infection, that you have not been, to your knowledge, in contact with anyone confirmed to have COVID-19 in the 14 days before travel and that you agree to self-isolate for 7 days upon arrival in France and then to do a second PCR test.

  • You are arriving from Brazil, Argentina, Chile or South Africa

France-Brazil flights are suspended. If you are arriving in France from Brazil, Argentina, Chile and South Africa, you must submit negative tests before boarding, provide an “imperative reasons” and isolate yourself for 10 days upon arrival in France.

More information on the government website.

Cross-border travel

  • Leaving France to travel to a country in the European Area (EU Member States, Andorra, the Holy See, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway, San Marino and Switzerland) is not permitted unless you live within 10 km of the border of that country. Find out about the rules for entering that country. 
  • Any travel from France to a country outside the European space (except Australia, South Korea, Israel, Japan, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and Singapore) is prohibited except for compelling reasons of a personal or family nature (death of a direct-line family member, participation in a university exchange programme, order to present oneself to a judicial or administrative authority...), health reasons (vital medical emergency) or professional reasons (missions indispensable for continuation of an economic activity, requiring a physical presence which cannot be postponed ...) or if you are travelling to your country of origin or residence

You will need to fill out and carry an exempted international travel certificate.

If your time of departure requires you to leave your place of residence during the curfew, you must carry an exempted movement certificate.

Travels to and from the UK

Given the new variant of Covid-19 detected in the UK, until at least January 6, 2021, only certain persons are authorised to travel to France or to the UK, provided they have a travel certificate. Among the people benefiting from this travel exemption,

  • French nationals,
  • British nationals residing in France, or who are transiting to their EU Member State of residence, or who move to establish their residence there no later than 31 December 2020,
  • people who have to travel for a professional reason can travel to France from the UK.

Anyone departing from the UK must present to the transport company before boarding:

  • sworn statement certifying that he/she does not present any symptoms of Covid-19 infection and is not aware of having been in contact with a confirmed case of covid-19 in the 14 days preceding the journey.
  • If he/she is 11 years of age and over, and regardless of nationality, the result of a PCR test carried out less than 72 hours before boarding concluding that the person is not contaminated with Covid-19. Antigenic tests, the list of which is published by the Ministry of Solidarity and Health, are also authorized.

A certificate of travel and travel to France from the UK is available for download.