COVID-19 France – Current status

While we all hope that travel to France for summer holidays will be possible this year, at present there are many restrictions in place for travel. The situation in France remains precarious and there is talk of further restrictions being implemented. France is trying to avoid another national lockdown but it is not ruled out.

We have provided a brief summary of the current COVID-19 situation in France with links to the relevant French government websites (in English) to keep you updated on the restrictions. Please check the official sites for the latest information, especially around travel.

On 18 March a new 4 week lockdown was announced for 16 departments to start from Saturday 20 March. The departments impacted by this are: Aisne, Nord, Oise, Pas-de-Calais, Somme, Paris, Essonne, Hauts-de-Seine, Seine-Saint-Denis, Seine-et-Marne, Val-de-Marne, Val-d'Oise and Yvelines, Eure, Seine-Maritime and Alpes-Maritimes.

During this new lockdown the following rules apply on top of the already existing rules below:

  • travel is not permitted between regions
  • travel within these departments is limited to 10km
  • non-essential shops closed
  • schools are open

For the rest of the country and those departments not listed in the new lockdown measures as at 15 March 2021 the following applies:

Travel to France from non-EU countries is prohibited unless it is for exceptional reasons. Rules apply.

Travel to France from within the EU is allowed but discouraged, rules apply

A nightly curfew is in place between 6pm and 6am (this will be extended to 7pm from 20 March)

Weekend lockdowns are in force in some areas

People must work from home where possible

Shops are open but must close at 6pm (except in areas of lockdown)

Shops in non-food malls are closed

Bars, cafes, restaurants, museums, cinemas, theatres and gyms are closed

Public services are open

Places of worship are open

Wearing of masks is compulsory in many areas

Where to find the official information?

The French Government website has all the current information about current restrictions across the country. The link takes you to the english version.

The French Foreign Affairs website has all the information you need about travel to France at present. It is written in english.

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