COVID-19 information

COVID-19 UPDATE IN FRANCE

Friday 22nd January 2021

In view of the continuing circulation of the COVID-19 virus in France, the French Prime Minister Jean Castex confirmed this Thursday 14th January 2021 that all activates and establishments already suspended and closed will remain so though the end of the month. Below, a review of the situation:

Domestic travel & outings

  • Since 15th December, French citizens and residents can freely travel within France. However, a nation-wide curfew in mainland France will take effect Saturday 16th January 2021 between 6:00 am and 6:00 pm. for at least 15 days.
  • All authorised travelers wishing to travel to France from countries outside the European Union must produce a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours prior to their departure (to be presented for boarding either on a plane or boat). Once in France, these travelers will also commit to seven days of isolation and to submit to a second PCR test at the end of their isolation.
  • Concerning travel of residents within the European Union, The European Council will render a decision 21st January.
  • Specific measures are in place for France’s overseas territories. For overseas visits, a PCR test result less than 72 hours old must be provided. Since 14th January, tests have also been mandatory when returning to France from these destinations. The specific measures for each overseas territory are detailed on the government website (in French), in particular:
    – For Guadeloupe and Martinique: From 18th January, travellers arriving on the islands must self-isolate for seven days and present a negative PCR test result at the end of this period
    – For Reunion: From 18th January, travellers arriving on the island are encouraged to self-isolate for seven days and present a negative PCR test result at the end of this period;
    – For Mayotte: for all travellers, a compelling design is required.
    – For French Guiana: for all travellers, a compelling reason is required. Confinement is also established on Sundays.

In addition, the Ministry of Overseas France invites people wishing to travel to an overseas territory to inform themselves beforehand on the website of the prefecture or the high commission on the restrictions on the spot in order to fight against the Covid-19 epidemic.

A testing centre is located in Arrivals at Paris Orly airport, Terminal 1A, open Monday to Saturday from 7am to 5pm, and Sundays and public holidays from 7am to midday. Bookable morning slots from 7 to 11am are dedicated to antigenic tests. Find out more here (External link) .

Another testing centre is open in Departures at Paris Charles-de-Gaulle airport, Terminal 2E, opposite Gate 17. It is open Monday to Saturday from 7am to 5pm, and Sundays and public holidays from 7am to midday. Find out more here (External link) .

Results of antigenic tests can be obtained within a maximum of 2 hours from arrival at the centre.

Results of RT-PCR tests are sent to passengers by SMS or email, and can be viewed on the Cerballiance (External link) website within a maximum period of 48 hours.

  • For travel to Corsica, a PCR or antigen test will be mandatory for travelers over 11 years of age until 8th February
Openings and closures
  • Businesses : All business (except restaurants, bars & clubs) have been open since 28th November. A social distincing rule of 8 square meters per client is in effect. During the curfew, businesses are encouraged to remain open at lunchtime and during the weekend.
  • Places of worship : re-opened since 28th November under the following protocols :
    – Two seats must be vacant between each person regardless of familial status
    – Only one out of two rows can be used.
  • Tourism accommodations: Since 15th December, Youth hostels, tourism residences and resident tourism villages and similar forms of accommodations, including campings & camping car grounds have been authorized to welcome back guests.

As in hotels, their restaurants and bars remain closed but in-room dining is permitted.

  • Ski resorts: Since December 15, the resorts are allowed to welcome guests, but all communal areas and lifts will remain closed with no opening date in sight….
  • Cultural sites: museums, theaters, concert halls and movie theaters remain closed with no opening date in sight at this stage.
  • Restaurants: Restaurants remain closed and will have to wait until at least mid-February before welcoming back clients, on condition that sanitary conditions allow. In that case, strict sanitary protocols will have to be implemented.
  • Indoor sports venues: they will remain closed until at least mid-February. Stadiums will also remain closed to the public until further notice.

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