Frequently Asked Questions Related to U.S. Citizens and COVID-19

IMPORTANT TO KNOW

  • The Department of State has issued a Global Level 4 Health Advisory.
  • If you live in the United States, you should arrange for an immediate return to the United States by commercial means or be prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period.
  • You should have a plan to depart from France that does not rely on U.S. government assistance. If you need a flight home, Air France and Delta continue to offer direct flights to the United States at this time, but the situation could change.
  • There is no restriction on U.S. citizens departing France for the U.S. or entering the United States.
  • U.S. citizens in France should register in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program at https://step.state.gov/.

Here are answers to frequently asked questions related to U.S. Citizens in France and COVID-19:

  • Does the new Global Level 4 Health Advisory mean I should return to the United States?
    If you live in the United States, you should arrange for return home by commercial means or be prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period. You should have a plan to depart from France that does not rely on U.S. government assistance. If you need a flight home, Air France and Delta continue to offer flights to the United States at this time, but the situation could change. You should travel now.
  • I have a reservation for a later time.  Should I change it?
    Commercial flights operated by Air France and Delta remain available, but this is a quickly developing situation. Check with the carriers directly to arrange or reschedule travel as soon as possible.
  • I need to transit through France to get home. Will I be allowed to do that?
    U.S. citizens are currently permitted to transit Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport only if they have a direct, onward flight to the United States. Travelers are not permitted to leave the international zone and will not be admitted to France. Transit time must be 24 hours or less. Food and other services in the transit area are extremely limited. Passengers should be prepared to be self-sufficient during their transit. Anyone transiting through France to reach the United States must have an attestation, available here, with the English translation here. You do not need an endorsement from the Embassy. The attestation includes a sworn statement of absence of COVID-19 symptoms and of contact with confirmed cases. For specific information on crossing the French-German land border, please visit the French government website.
  • Will I be allowed to enter the United States?
    U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents may return to the United States. Contact your airline for updated status on your scheduled flight(s). Note that on March 11, updated on March 16, 2020, President Trump issued “Proclamation—Suspension of Entry as Immigrants and Nonimmigrants of Certain Additional Persons Who Pose a Risk of Transmitting 2019 Novel Coronavirus” (found at www.whitehouse.gov).  This proclamation does not apply to U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents. In addition, certain family members of U.S. citizens are also exempted. Those exempt from the restrictions, such as U.S. citizens, will be directed to a limited number of airports where screening can take place. Visit the Department of Homeland Security’s website for the current list.
  • My spouse is not a U.S. citizen, how can s/he travel?
    Information on who can apply for a visa at this time and instructions on how to do so are available on our website. The information includes email addresses where inquiries can be directed.
  • Are U.S. citizens going to be evacuated from France?
    As noted in the Department of State Global Level 4 Health Advisory, if you live in the United States, you should arrange for immediate return home by commercial means or be prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period. You should have a plan to depart from France that does not rely on U.S. government assistance. The U.S. government does not anticipate arranging repatriation flights in France at this time.
  • What will happen when I return to the United States? Will I have to quarantine?
    When you arrive in the United States, you will proceed to standard customs processing. You will then continue to enhanced entry screening where returning passengers are asked about their medical history, current condition, and asked for contact information for local health authorities. You will be given written guidance about COVID-19 and directed to proceed to your final destination, and immediately home-quarantine in accordance with CDC best practices. Here is a fact sheet from the Department of Homeland Security.
  • My 90 days of visa-free Schengen travel/other types of visa is almost up! What should I do?
    The U.S. Embassy does not have the authority to grant French visa extensions or make determinations about French or EU immigration rules. You can visit the French government website for English-speakers in France for more information on this topic.
  • What should I do if I’m in France and I think I may have been exposed to COVID-19?
    Please review the guidelines provided by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 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. Additional information from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is available here.
  • What are the latest regulations concerning deconfinement?
    • The French Government has announced the next phase of deconfinement, which began June 2, 2020. The 100 km limit on travel within France no longer applies. Groups are still limited to a maximum of 10 people in public spaces. Certain public services are now open. 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. Paris is an orange region where stricter parameters apply, including restricting restaurants to outdoor dining only.
    • French borders will remain closed to non-European Union countries until at least June 15. Travel restrictions for entering and transiting through France remain in place.
  • Will I be allowed to enter France? If I have a trip to France planned [in the future], can I still come?
    On April 13, 2020, France announced that French borders will remain closed to non-European Union countries until further notice. There is currently no additional information regarding when France will reopen its borders. The Department of State maintains a Global Level 4 Health Advisory advising U.S. citizens to avoid all international travel due to the global impact of COVID-19. For more information on traveling into France, go to the French government website for English speakers.
  • If I am permitted to come to France, will I be subject to quarantine?
    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.
  • Where can I get more information from the Embassy?
    Make sure you are enrolled in the Smart Traveller Enrollment Programto receive alerts and ensure you can be located in an emergency. Keep checking this website for up-to-date information.  U.S. citizens may also email us at citizeninfo@state.gov.
  • Can you help me register / update my account in STEP?
    Please try clearing your browsing history and using Internet Explorer 11 or Google Chrome. If you are experiencing issues logging onto your existing STEP account, please click the “Contact Us” link at the bottom of the page and submit a request for assistance using the form provided. You can also check our Embassy website for new alerts and follow us on social media for updates (@USEmbassyFrance).
  • Can I unsubscribe from STEP?
    If you sent a request to unsubscribe to STEP, note that it may take several weeks for your request to be processed and you may continue to receive STEP e-mails during that time.