Health Alert – U. S. Embassy Paris, France

Health Alert

U.S. Embassy Paris, France

April 17, 2020

Location:  France

Event: The U.S. Embassy in Paris is sending regular updates to ensure that all U.S. citizens in France have the latest information on COVID-19, and local security conditions in France.

The following information has been updated on the U.S. Embassy Paris COVID-19 website:

  • France has confirmed more than 100,000 cases of COVID-19 throughout the country.  All U.S. citizens in France must follow the Government of France confinement order, which has been extended until May 11, 2020.
  • If you are a U.S. citizen who is staying in France, you should be prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period.  To help you during this time, the U.S. Embassy and Consulates General in France have developed a guide to resources for your security and wellbeing.

U.S. citizens who live in the United States should arrange for immediate return home using available commercial flights. The U.S. government does not anticipate arranging repatriation flights from France.  

The following information has been updated on the Embassy Paris COVID-19 website:  

  • The Government of France extended the nationwide confinement order through April 15. Travel outside of your home is permitted only in certain cases and you must carry an attestation.  The required form is available on the Embassy’s COVID-19 webpage  Unnecessary travel may be fined between 135 to 375 euros, with an increase to 1,500 euros for two violations within 15 days, and 3,750 euros and imprisonment for three violations within 30 days.
  • Daily direct flights to the United States are scheduled this week from Paris Charles de Gaulle airport. The daily flight alternates between New York JFK and Los Angeles. Book flights directly through Air France at

Actions to Take:

  • Consult the CDC website for the most up-to-date information on the disease.
  • 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.
  • Visit our Embassy webpage on COVID-19 for information on conditions in France.
  • For information on what you can do to reduce your risk of contracting COVID-19, please see the CDC’s latest recommendations.
  • Visit the COVID-19 crisis page on for the latest information regarding foreign countries’ quarantine requirements and other global impacts.
  • Have a plan to depart from France that does not rely on U.S. government assistance.
  • Check with your airlines or cruise lines regarding any updated information about your travel plans and/or restrictions.
  • Visit the Department of Homeland Security’s website on the latest travel restrictions affecting travel to the U.S.
  • Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive Alerts and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.


U.S. Embassy Paris, France
+33 (1) 43 12 22 22

U.S. Consulate General Marseille, France (if event occurs in Marseille CD)
+33 (1) 43 12 22 22

State Department – Consular Affairs
888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444

France Country Specific Information

Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security updates

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