Health Alert – U. S. Embassy Paris, France

Health Alert – Department of State – Bureau of Consular Affairs 

January 30, 2021

Location: All of France

Event: French government announces the closure of its borders to travel to and from non-European countries.

The Embassy is aware of the January 29 French government announcement that the French borders will be closed for all travel to and from non-EU countries as of midnight on January 31 except for trips required by compelling circumstances.  We are working to get more information about the practical effects of this order, and we will post additional information on our website as we receive it.

At this time, U.S. citizens and other travelers should prepare as if most travelers will be unable to fly between the United States and France — in either direction — for the time being.  Travelers currently in France should be prepared to remain in France for an indefinite period of time while the French procedures are worked out.  U.S. citizens who do leave France should plan for the possibility that they will not be allowed to reenter while the French restrictions remain in place.

All travelers should check with their airline about any changes in flight status.

If you are a U.S. citizen in France with an extremely urgent medical, family, business, or humanitarian need to travel that cannot be postponed, you should send an email to including a description of the issue and an email address and phone number where the Embassy can reach you once more information about the French decision is available.  All U.S. citizen travelers are also strongly encouraged to register with us at to ensure you receive our emergency messages and that we have current contact information for you.

Please continue to monitor this website ( for additional information as it is available.

Actions to Take:

  • Email the U.S. Embassy at if you have an extremely urgent medical, family, business, or humanitarian need to travel that cannot be postponed.
  • Consult a medical professional if you have been in direct contact with an infected person within the past three weeks and have symptoms.
  • Visit the CDC’s website
  • For testing locations in France or vaccination criteria and locations, see the French government website (in French).


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

U.S. Consulate General Strasbourg, France

+33 (1) 43 12 22 22

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

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