Coronavirus: update on the situation in Paris

Coronavirus: update on the situation in Paris

Due to the health situation, measures have been put in place in France. These apply to people living in France and foreign travellers.  All the answers to questions relating to Covid-19 in Paris.

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Wearing of a mask

  • Wearing a mask is compulsory throughout the country for everyone aged 11 and over in enclosed spaces and on public transport, on pain of a fine.
  • The wearing of a mask outdoors is no longer mandatory with some exceptions (gatherings of people, queues, markets, flea markets, stadiums, on metro platforms and at bus stops … ).
  • Masks are compulsory for children over 6 years of age on all public transport, on pain of a fine of 135 euros.
  • In schools, wearing a mask is compulsory from the age of 6, including in outdoor areas of the school.

Health pass

A Health Pass is currently in place in Paris.

What is the health pass?

The health pass is presentation of proof of health security against Covid-19 and may be in paper or digital format. It consists of:

  • Either proof of full vaccination* against Covid-19
  • Either a negative result on a PCR or antigen test within 24 hours
  • Either a positive Covid result test of more than 11 and less than 6 months.

This health pass must be presented by all persons over 18 years of age at the entrance to leisure and cultural venues, in restaurants, department stores and some shopping centres.
This obligation will apply to young people aged between 12 and 17 years from 30 September 2021.

* Please note: the vaccines accepted by France are those recognized by the European Medicines Agency (EMA): Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca/Vaxzevria/Covishield and Johnson & Johnson.

Places where the health pass is required:

More information on how to get the health pass.

Where to get a test/or obtain a health pass

The European health pass, called the ‘EU Digital COVID Certificate’ (delivered in all EU Member states and also in Switzerland, Norway, the United Kingdom, Liechtenstein, Andorra, Monaco, and Iceland) is valid in France.

Visitors who have been vaccinated abroad and do not have a health pass with a QR code in the European format, or who are neither vaccinated nor able to show a European health pass in places where it is required (see above) can take an antigen test (result in 15-30 minutes) or an RT-PCR test (result generally available within 24 hours) in Paris and anywhere else in France.

The tests must be paid for by people who do not have a French social security number. An antigen test costs €25. An RT-PCR test costs €43.89.

An antigen test can be taken in many pharmacies. All the testing centres are listed on the Covid testing sites map on the website of the French ministry of health and solidarity.

Non-European travellers: how to obtain a European health pass?

Since 11 August 2021, tourists from outside Europe who have been vaccinated in their own country can request a QR code for vaccine equivalence valid on French territory. All the information is available on the dedicated page of the Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs website. They must fill in a form, meet certain conditions, provide some supporting documents and send their application by e-mail (a specific e-mail for US nationals, a specific e-mail for Canadian nationals and a specific e-mail for nationals of other countries).

Since 26 October 2021, tourists from outside Europe who have been vaccinated in their own country can also obtain their health pass in European format on arrival in France. This equivalence is to be requested in authorised pharmacies. These are located near international airports, Parisian train stations and in tourist areas of the capital. The conditions for obtaining the equivalence and the list of approved pharmacies are available on the Santé.fr website. This service is invoiced for a maximum amount of €36 (incl. VAT).

More information on how to get the health pass.

Covid19: Travelling to France

From 9 June 2021, travel to France is again possible, but entry conditions into the country (quarantine, documents to be presented, etc.) depend on the health situation in the country of departure and the vaccination status of travellers.

A classification of countries is made and regularly updated, based on health indicators:

  • ‘Green’ countries: countries and territories in which the virus is not actively circulating and there are no variants of concern.
  • ‘Orange’ countries: countries where the virus is actively circulating in a controlled manner, without the spread of variants of concern.
  • ‘Red’ countries: countries in which the virus is actively circulating, and variants of concern are present.

To find out more about the procedures that apply to you please visit the French government website.

All the answers to your questions about travelling from France to abroad or from abroad to France in the FAQ of the Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs.


Public transport in Paris and the Paris region

In order to ensure more comfort and the best possible protection for its travelers, RATP has been offering a service to monitor traffic in real time on its mobile application.

More information on transport

Departures by train and plane

Travel between regions is permitted. 

Train and airplane departures may be cancelled.

Consult the websites of the SNCF and the airline companies concerned for more information.

In order to guarantee greater flexibility to its passengers, tickets purchased can be refunded or exchanged free of charge, according to the dates indicated on the carriers' websites.

More information on the conditions of circulation and reimbursements of inter-regional trains

Administrative and tourist information

The tourist welcome center at the Hôtel de Ville is open from Monday to Sunday, from 10am to 6pm. Closed on 25 and 26 December 2021..

The tourist welcome center at Gare de Nord is open from Monday to Saturday from 9am to 5pm. Closed on public holidays.

For any further questions, it is recommended to contact the embassy of your country of origin.

Information for persons with disabilities

The government has set up a specific file to help people with disabilities cope better with this health crisis.

This folder allows you:

  • To be helped in the event of symptoms
  • To be up to date on the various health recommendations
  • To benefit from specific support measures

You can also find FALC materials (Easy To Read and Understand) on the official website of Public Health France.

All the information to visit Paris with a disability

Hygiene measures and recommended precautions

More info: Coronavirus: hygiene measures and recommended precautions