The Department of State has issued a Global Level 4 Health Advisory advising U.S. citizens to avoid all international travel due to the global impact of COVID-19.
Updated August 3, 2020
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- France has confirmed cases of COVID-19 throughout the country. Since January 24, 2020, there have been 187,919 confirmed cases in France. There have been 30,265 confirmed deaths in hospitals and nursing homes.
- Flights to the U.S. are available via Delta Airlines, Air France, United Airlines, and American Airlines. U.S. citizens who live in the United States should arrange for immediate return home using available commercial flights or be prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period. The U.S. government does not anticipate arranging repatriation flights from France.
- The French Government has announced the next phase of de-confinement, which began June 15, 2020. Cafes, bars, and restaurants are fully open, as are schools and public transportation. Everyone is expected to practice social distancing (one meter), use cloth face coverings, and avoid large gatherings that may spread the virus. For details on work, transportation, and other details of daily life, click here.
- The French government differentiates color-coded geographic regions based on COVID-19 incidence. All of mainland France, including Paris, is in the green zone where most restrictions have been lifted.
- The CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies), especially in areas of significant community-based transmission. Watch this video to learn how to make your own face covering.
Entry and Exit Requirements:
- Restrictions entering France from outside the European Union (including the United States) remain in place. U.S. citizens may depart France to return to the United States at any time.
- Anyone transiting through France to reach the United States must have an attestation, available here, with the English version here. You do not need an endorsement from the Embassy for this attestation.
- Only direct transit to reach your country of residence is permitted. Transiting passengers may not leave the international zone and will not be admitted to France. Luggage must be checked through to your final destination. You will not be permitted to leave the international zone to collect and recheck baggage. The duration of transit must be less than 24 hours.
- As of June 15, French borders with other European Union member states are open. For more information regarding travel within the European Union, click here.
- Travelers arriving in France must self-isolate for 14 days if they have no symptoms. Anyone displaying symptoms could be subject to quarantine for up to 30 days.
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- View U.S. Embassy Paris Most Recent Alerts.
- See our guide for local resources and information about getting medical care in France.
- Dial 15 for emergency services in France if you have severe symptoms such as difficulty breathing. Do not go directly to an emergency department, doctor’s office, or clinic.
- The official Government of France website (in French) for COVID-19 information is https://www.gouvernement.fr/info-coronavirus.
- For information on extension of certain French visas or residence permits, see the update here.
- Information for U.S. citizens returning from France
- Department of State Emergency Alert on COVID-19
- Centers for Disease Control: COVID-19 Information
- Centers for Disease Control: Information for Travel
- France Country Specific Information
U.S. Citizens May Monitor English-Language French Media at the Following:
- US. Embassy Paris, France
+33 (1) 43 12 22 22
- US. Consulate General Marseille, France
+33 (1) 43 12 22 22