(Last update : April, 21th 2020 - 7 pm)
Until 11 May, you must not leave your place of residence except for the following reasons, and with a certificate :
- to go to work, if remote working is not possible;
- to buy essential supplies at authorized local shops;
- to go to a medical appointment that cannot be postponed or carried out remotely ; or for treatment of a long-term health condition.
- to take your children to daycare or to take care of an elderly person;
- to take exercise individually or to walk with members of your household, within a kilometer of your home and for no more than an hour.
- To respond to a court or administrative summons
- To join missions of public interest at the request of the administrative authorities.
You will need to complete a new certificate every time you leave your home. If you do not have a printer, you can write it out by hand. Certificates must be filled in with an indelible pen, dated, timed and signed. An electronic version of the certificate is available here and may be presented to authorities on your smartphone.
If you have to travel to work, your employer will also need to fill out and stamp a (permanent) certificate.
Download your personal certificate in DOC format (17 ko)
Download the employer's certifcate in DOC format (18 ko)
If you do not respect these rules, you may be liable for a €135 fine, rising to €200 if you reoffend within two weeks; for three or more offences in a period of 30 days you may face criminal charges leading to €3750 fine and up to 6 months in prison.
The borders of the European space (the European Union, the Schengen Area and the United Kingdom) are shut until further notice. French citizens and nationals of the European Union, the Schengen Area and the United Kingdom are authorized, along with their spouse and children, to enter the national territory in order to travel to their homes. Please note that you will need a certificate to travel in France (see above).
Nationals of other countries, meanwhile, cannot enter France, although there are exceptions for those who reside permanently in France, for example.
There is no ban on exit from French territory.
Kindergardens, primary and secondary schools are shut until 11 May at the earliest. Universities are shut and will not reopen before the summer break. Schools and universities have put in place distance learning.
There is no provision for collective childcare, except for the children of certain healthcare professionals.
Find more information for foreign nationals on the website of the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs (https://www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/en/coming-to-france/coronavirus-advice-for-foreign-nationals-in-france/)
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. Therefore, the following measures can help you protect yourself (and others) from the virus:
Wash your hands very often ;
Use single-use tissues, and then throw them away ;
Cough ans sneeze into your arm or into a tissue ;
Do not shake hands or greet people with kisses on the cheek ;
Respect social distancing: you should remain further than a metre from others.
What should you do if you are feeling ill?
If you have a cough or a temperature, stay at home, avoid contact with others and call a doctor.
If you have a cough and/or a temperature, and you have difficulty breathing and/or you are feeling faint, dial 15 or call or send a text to 114 if you have a speech or hearing impairment.
Should you wear a mask?
The French government has requisitioned all stocks and productions of surgical masks and protective masks in France. They are now exclusively reserved for medical use.
The government is working to ensure that masks are available to the wider public.
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.