Update on the COVID-19 situation in France

On November 24, President Macron spoke regarding the gradual lifting of the confinement measures put in place on October 30th.

Separated into 3 steps, the relaxation of the confiment measures was subject to the continued progress of the health situation in France.

On December 10th, the Prime Minister explained the changes made to the 3 steps as of December 15th, given the evolution of the health situation.

Step 1 : Since November 28

  • Continuation of the system of exemption certificates for essential reasons but increased permission to exercise and go for walks outdoors for up to 3 hours within a 20km radius of one’s residence.
  • All non-essential businesses (such as book stores, music stores but not restaurants) were able to reopen until 9PM with the potential to open on Sundays as well.  However, all sanitary protective measures must be enforced.
  • Places of worship reopened with 30% capacity and with strict respect for health measures.

Step 2 : As of December 15th :

·       Travel between regions is permitted without the exemption certificates between 6AM and 8PM.

  • However, a curfew will be enforced between 8PM and 6AM with the exception of Christmas Eve when no more than 6 adults should gather together.  The curfew will be enforced on New Year’s Eve.  Reccomendations specific to the holidays will be made.
  • For travel to the overseas regions (from France), a PCR test must be provided at least 72 hours before departure. In addition, for Martinique, Guadeloupe and Réunion, an in-laboratory antigen test will also be accepted. The specific measures for each region are detailed on the government site.
  • A PCR or antigen test will be necessary for anyone over 11 years old wishing to travel to Corsica between 19 December and 8 January 2021.
  • Sports venues will remain closed, at least until January 20th, 2021. Sports arenas and stadiums remain closed to spectators, with no date set at this stage for reopening to the public.
  • Cultural establishments (museums, theatres, cinemas) will also remain closed, until at least January 7th, 2021
  • Winter sports resorts can welcome visitors during the Christmas holidays, however all public facilities and ski lifts will remain closed. Reopening is scheduled for January 7, health situation permitting.
  • Hostels, vacation homes, vacation villages and family vacation homes as well as camp grounds and caravans are permitted to reopen. As with hotels, the restaurant/bar areas remain closed but room service is allowed.

Step 3 : Beginning January 20th, sanitary conditions permitting :

  • Possible re-opening of restaurants with strict sanitary protocols. Bars and nightclubs must remain closed.

Traveling to France

For updates on Foreign Nationals coming to France, click here

Traveling to the Overseas Territories

Specific rules apply to the French Overseas Territories.

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

They may not travel to or from French Guiana, Mayotte, New Caledonia or Wallis-and-Futuna except for urgent family or professional reasons, with an exempted movement certificate and a declaration that they do not have COVID-19 symptoms (these documents can be downloaded from the Ministry of the Interior’s website).

On arrival in metropolitan France from one of these Overseas Territories, travelers will be encouraged to be tested or to respect a 14-day quarantine period.

For updates on COVID-19 restrictions in France, click here