ATTENTION: Coronavirus in France

The Coronavirus and France

The Coronavirus is an evolving situation that is affecting all areas of life. As a Paris and France focussed site, we will try to keep you as up to date on all the issues that affect the visitor to Paris as we can.

We recommend that you follow the reputable news sites and government pages specifically for the most up to date advice on visiting France.

Coronavirus and the current situation in France

Updated 5 January 2022

5 January 2022

At this stage we feel it appropriate to guide you to the official news site for current information on visiting France from other countries: Visiting France during pandemic

11 May 2021

France now has a four-step plan to ease restrictions. The current curfew will slowly get later as the end of June approaches and end on 30 June. There are no current day time restrictions on travelling throughout France.

On 19 May, the curfew will move back to start at 9pm. Non essential shops will re-open too. Terraces, cafes, bars and restaurants will open (outdoor) with a maximum limit of 6 per table. Museums, cinemas and theatres will reopen with a limit on number of people allowed (yet to be announced).

9 June, the curfew will move to 11pm. Indoor dining will be allowed with a max of 6 per table. Foreign tourists will be allowed to enter France with a health pass.

30 June, most remaining restrictions eased including ending the curfew, although nightclubs will remain closed.

24 March 2021

France will be entering another month long lockdown on 26 march 2021 at midnight. This is to try and slow the spread of the new variants currently taking hold in Europe. Although the lockdown is not as tough as before with schools remaining open, museums, restaurants, bars, theatres and concert halls will remain closed.

6 July 2020

Restrictions in France began to ease on 11 May. On 14 June more measures were lifted.

From 15 June all of mainland France is considered a green zone, which means restrictions can ease more quickly.

Major attractions have now been permitted to re-open. The Palace of Versailles re-opened on 6 June with the Louvre reopening today (6 July). Restaurants, shops and open-air markets are also open, as are theatres, entertainment venues, leisure parks, gyms, swimming pools, sports centres and beaches.

It is currently compulsory to wear a facemask on public transport and in taxis, at airports and stations. Strict solcial distance and hygiene measures are also in place.

16 March 2020

France has announced emergency restrictions where cafes, restaurants, cinemas and all but essential shops are now shut. On Saturday the Prime Minister annouced the closure of all non-essential places in Paris. Large gatherings of people (more than 100) are also banned. It is likely Paris will go into lock down shortly along with other major areas.

All attractions are affected from a visitor’s perspective and are too numerous to mention but include highlights such as:

  • Eiffel Tower
  • Louvre
  • Disneyland Paris

Tickets for affected attractions in France

16 March 2020

We recommend a wide variety of ticket types for all the attractions in France and these are provided by lots of different suppliers.

If you have tickets for an attraction that is now closed on your visit date, you will need to look up your ticket supplier and contact them for a refund. All tickets purchased are either sent or confirmed via email or have a traceable contact attached for just such an issue.

Many suppliers are already reaching out to their customers offering refunds for the tickets purchased in advance. If you have not heard from your supplier or are having trouble working out who supplied your ticket, we will do our best to help you.

Is it safe to travel to France?

16 March 2020

It is not our responsibility to answer this. Only your government can advise on this issue, so you should always check with your government’s travel related information and guidance.

Currently the UK government has not yet advised against travel to France but there will be little to do on your arrival if you do decide to go.

How to help protect yourself against infection

9 March 2020

The current advice is all about hygiene and specifically being sure to wash your hands properly (at least 20 seconds) regularly, especially before eating or handling food, when you get to work or arrive home, blow your nose, sneeze or cough. Avoid touching your face and if you have a cough to use a tissue that you dispose of straight away or cough/sneeze into your arm.

Use the specific UK government advice for protecting against the spread of Coronavirus.

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