Health in Paris

Hospitals, chemists, emergency numbers: health-related information.

Coronavirus: hygiene measures and recommended precautions

To avoid spreading the Covid-19 virus, it is recommended that a few basic, easy-to-apply protective measures be followed:

  • maintain a social distance (avoid greeting people with a kiss or shaking hands);
  • wash your hands frequently with soap or disinfect them with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer;
  • cough or sneeze into a paper handkerchief and throw it away after use (then wash or disinfect your hands afterwards) or into the crook of your elbow if you don’t have a tissue.

More information on the website of the Agence Nationale de Santé Publique, on the website of the Ministère de la Santé, of the government or WHO.


If you have had an accident and your state of health requires that you seek immediate treatment, here are the emergency numbers to ring:

Emergency European number 112
Fire Brigade18
Police emergency services17
SAMU (ambulance emergency service)15
SMS or fax emergency number (for people with hearing and speaking difficulties)114
SOS Médecins (doctor, house calls)36 24 or 01 47 07 77 77
SOS Dentaire (dentist)01 43 37 51 00 or 01 43 36 36 00
Drogues Info Service (7 jours/7, 8h-2h)0 800 23 13 13
Sida Info Service (Aids)0 800 840 800
Centre antipoison de Paris01 40 05 48 48
Centre de dépistage IST de l’Institut Alfred Fournier01 40 78 26 00 or 01 40 78 26 71
Centre de traitement des brûlés « adultes » (Hôpital Saint-Louis)01 42 38 51 61

See the list of the capital's police stations by arrondissement.


There are no vaccination requirements for travelling to France.

Regarding the entry of pets into France, it is obligatory to declare and present them to the customs authorities for documentary control and identity. European regulations also necessitate an anti-rabies vaccination and identification of the animal by means of an electronic chip. See the website of the Ministry of the Economy and Finance for full information.

As a general rule, check the conditions and formalities of entry for your pet with the French Embassy in your country of residence.


The 39 hospitals of the Assistance Publique – Hôpitaux de Paris, located in various parts of Paris and the Île-de-France, provide a service for all the public, 24 hours/24 and 7 days/7. They account for 25 general emergency departments.

Each hospital also has its own specialist consultations. A doctor will direct you to the one that is most appropriate to your needs. During the hospitalization of a child or loved one, some hospitals may also offer you accommodation or give you information about a specialist agency.

Some of the major Parisian hospitals are: La Pitié Salpêtrière, the Hôtel-Dieu, Lariboisière, Necker and Bichat.

For urgent consultations in English

Many practitioners at the American Hospital, the Institut Franco-Britannique and the Hôpital Foch are perfectly bilingual. It is also possible to contact SOS Médecins France on +33 (0) 1 47 07 77 77: operators will direct you, when possible, to an English-speaking doctor.


Enseigne pharmacie © OTCP - DR

Chemists are usually open all day from 8am to 8pm. They close on a rota basis on Sunday and sometimes on Monday. But when one chemist is closed, the addresses of the nearest open chemists are listed on the door.

Plus, many chemists in Paris stay open late or even all night.

Pharmacie Exelmans

Chemists open late or at night
77 boulevard Exelmans, Paris, 75016

Pharmacie Exelmans, located close to the Parc des Princes, is open Monday to Friday from 8am to 9.30pm and Saturday from 8.30am......

Pharmacie du Village

Chemists open late or at night
26 rue du Temple, Paris, 75004

Located in the Marais district and gay-friendly, the Pharmacie du Village is open 7 days a week, from 8.30am to 9.30pm from......

Pharmacie Paris-Charonne

Medical assistance | Equipment hire | Chemists open late or at night
136 rue de Charonne, Paris, 75011

Sale/rental of medical material (wheelchairs, Zimmer frames, medical beds, etc.). It is recommended to book at least 24 hours in......

La pharma de Répu

Chemists open late or at night
5 place de la République, Paris, 75003

Place de la République, one of the busiest squares in the city, has a pharmacy open 24/7.