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.

Please note: These measures are constantly changing, and we are updating this article as often as possible. Nevertheless, please remember to check the information on the French government and Ministry of Foreign Affairs websites.

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Wearing of a mask

From 16 May 2022, wearing a mask will no longer be compulsory on public transport in Paris and in France, but will still be recommended.

Just for information, since 14 March 2022, it has no longer been compulsory to wear a mask indoors (museums, monuments, cultural and leisure venues, restaurants, etc.) in Paris and in France.

Suspension of the vaccine pass in Paris and elsewhere in France

As of 14 March 2022: suspension of the vaccine pass in places where until now it was required: 

  • commercial food and drink outlets, such as bars, restaurants, and terraces, with the exception of room service provided by hotel restaurants and bars.
  • fairs, trade shows and business seminars.
  • long-distance travel by inter-regional public transport (domestic flights and high-speed TGV train journeys).
  • the majority of cultural and leisure venues (theme parksmuseums and monuments, boat cruises when more than 50 passengers are present, etc.).

The health pass is still required to access the following places:

  • Hospitals, clinics, socio-medical establishments;
  • Retirement homes;
  • Establishments for people with disabilities.

The European vaccination 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.

Since 26 October 2021, tourists from outside Europe who have been vaccinated in their own country can also obtain their vaccination 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).

Where to get a test ?

Visitors 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.

What to do in case of a positive test

- For persons with a complete vaccination schedule who test positive and children under 12 years of age, regardless of their vaccination status, who test positive:

  1. Self-isolate for 7 days after the date of the start at the symptoms or of the date tested positive.
  2. take an antigen test or a RT-PCR test on the 5th day: if the test is negative and no symptoms have been apparent for 48 hours, it is possible to finish self-isolating after 5 days; if the test is positive or if no test is carried out, self-isolating must continue until the 7th day, when no new test will be required.

- For persons who test positive and are not vaccinatedor who have an incomplete vaccination schedule:

  1. Self-isolate for 10 days after the date of the start of the symptoms or of the date tested positive.
  2. take an antigen test or a RT-PCR test on the 7th day: if the test is negative and no symptoms have been apparent for 48 hours, it is possible to finish self-isolating on the 7th day; if the test is positive or if no test is carried out, self-isolating must continue until the 10th day, when no new test will be required.

In case of a temperature at the end of the self-isolation period, it is preferable to contact a doctor. It is advisable to wait for a further 48 hours after the end of a fever before stopping to self-isolate. 

In case of breathing difficulties, immediately call the SAMU on 15, on 114 for deaf or hearing-impaired persons or on 112 (European emergency number).

All information on Covid self-isolation rules

Covid19: Travelling to France

From 12 February 2022, the following rules apply:

  • Travellers who have been vaccinated in accordance with EU regulations are no longer required to present a test before departure. Proof of a complete vaccination schedule is sufficient to arrive in France, regardless of the country of origin.
  • Non-vaccinated travellers are still required to present a negative test before travelling to France, but they are no longer required to take a test or self-isolate if they are arriving from a ‘green’ list country.
  • Non-vaccinated travellers from ‘orange’ list countries must present an ‘essential reason’ for travel to metropolitan France and may be subject to a random test on their arrival. Travellers who test positive must self-isolate in accordance with recommendations.

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 - There are currently no countries on the ‘red’ list

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.

Transportation

Public transport in Paris and the Paris region

From 16 May 2022, wearing a mask will no longer be compulsory on public transport in Paris and in France, but will still be recommended.

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.

The vaccination/health pass can be requested several times during a visit to the airport before taking a flight for all passengers over 12 years and 2 months of age (including transit travellers and flights within metropolitan France).

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.

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