Due to current events, exceptional measures have been introduced to combat the spread of the coronavirus over the following days.
As from midday on Tuesday 17 March, the movement of people in France is restricted to journeys that are absolutely necessary, for a period of 15 days.
Only the following are allowed:
- travel between home and work when work cannot be done by teleworking;
- travel for basic necessities (food shopping, medicines, etc.);
- travel to help vulnerable people or for childcare purposes;
- travel for health reasons;
- brief outings close to the place of residence for non-collective physical exercise or a non-collective sporting activity.
All social interaction is temporarily banned and all public places, parks and gardens in Paris are currently closed to the public until 15 April 2020.
Essential establishments (such as food shops, pharmacies, banks, tobacconists, pet shops and petrol stations), public services and hotels (except restaurants and bars) are allowed to remain open, as well as certain other useful businesses (such as computer shops, laundries or motor vehicle repair businesses). At these places, keeping a safe distance of 1 metre between each person is recommended.
All travel must be justified by a certificate that can be downloaded from the government website or copied onto a sheet of plain paper.
Train and airplane departures may be cancelled.
Consult the websites of the SNCF and the airline companies concerned for more information.
If you have any other questions, we recommend that you contact the embassy of your home country.