This information is valid from 1 July 2021.
On this website you can find information and guidance from the French Government regarding the current outbreak of coronavirus disease COVID-19 in France.
Restrictions and Requirements in Metropolitan France
Restrictions have been almost entirely lifted in mainland France. You must continue to apply the following barrier measures:
- Wash your hands very often or use hydro-alcoholic gel;
- 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;
- Avoid touching your face;
- Respect social distancing: you should remain further than two metres from others;
- Wear a mask where necessary (see below);
- Limit social contacts as much as possible;
- Air rooms for at least ten minutes, three times a day.
- Use digital tools (TousAntiCovid).
In indoor public spaces (shops, offices, schools etc) and on public transport you must wear a mask that covers your nose and mouth.
If you are outside you do not need to wear a mask except in places where social distancing is not possible (queues, open-air markets, railway stations, etc.)
Where necessary, local authorities may require masks to be worn in other places.
Indoor concerts and festivals where patrons are not seated are limited to 75% capacity. There is no limit for outdoor events. Health passes are mandatory for events bringing together more than 1,000 people.
Sporting events involving amateurs are limited to 2,500 spectators. Health passes are mandatory if there are more than 1,000 spectators.
Night clubs will be allowed to reopen from 9 July.
Where necessary, local authorities may put in place further restrictions.
Children and Education
Kindergartens (maternelles) and primary schools are open.
Secondary and high schools (collèges and lycées) are open. High schools will apply a mix of distance and on-site learning.
All pupils over the age of six must wear a mask while at school (except in kindergartens).
University students will alternate on-site and distance learning.
Organisations are putting in place minimum levels of days of working from home. Workers in the public sector must work from home two days a week.
For public events bringing together over 1,000 people, spectators aged 11 and over will need to present a health pass.
The pass must prove one of the three following items:
That you are fully vaccinated (with an EMA-approved vaccine):
Two weeks after the second shot for two-shot vaccines (Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca);
Four weeks after the shot for one-shot vaccines (Johnson & Johnson);
Two weeks after the shot for vaccines administered to people who have already had COVID-19 (only one dose is necessary).
OR that you have been tested (PCR or antigen) with a negative result within the last 48hrs;
OR that you have recovered from COVID-19, attested by a positive PCR or antigen test result, at least 15 days and no more than 6 months old.
Passes can be digital (on the TousAntiCovid app) or in paper form (proof of vaccination or test result). They must be presented in English or French.
You will not need to present a health pass for acts of daily life (commuting, shopping, cinemas, etc.)
The French health pass is interoperable with the EU Digital COVID Certificate scheme for travel within the European Union, Iceland, Lichtenstein, Norway, San Marino Switzerland and the Vatican.
PCR and Antigen tests are free for French residents who are covered by French social security.
From 7 July, PCR tests will cost €49.00 and antigen tests will cost €29.00 for those not covered by French social security.
34 million people in France have received at least one injection.
You are eligible for vaccination if you are 12 years old or over. Visit sante.fr (in French) to make an appointment.
The measures applied in metropolitan France are not in force in the Overseas Territories. Each Territory applies specific measures, which may include curfews or lockdowns, depending on the circulation of the virus in the specific Territory. Visit the website of the relevant Prefecture or High Commission for the latest information.
In order to travel to an Overseas Territory you must present a negative PCR test less than 72 hours old and a compelling reason to travel.
There are no restrictions on travel inside France.
The rules for travel to and from France depend on the country from which or to which you wish to travel, the reason for which you are travelling and your vaccination status.
Full information is available in English on the website of the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs.
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. You should therefore always apply the barrier measures above, even if you are vaccinated.
What should I do if I am feeling ill?
If you have a cough or a temperature, stay at home, avoid contact with others and if necessary call a doctor.
You should take a test as quickly as possible.
If you have difficulty breathing, dial 15 or call or send a text to 114 if you have a speech or hearing impairment.
What should I do if I have the virus?
If you have the virus, you must-self isolate for ten days from the first symptoms. If you still have a temperature, you must self-isolate for a further 48 hours.
If you have the virus but no symptoms, you must self-isolate for ten days from the time you took the test.
What should I do if I have been notified that I am a contact case?
You must self-isolate for 7 days from the last time you were in contact with the person who has the virus, even if you have a negative test result. If you live with the person who has the virus, you must self-isolate for 17 days. Contact a test centre to make an appointment.
After the test, go straight home and self-isolate until you have the result.
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.