March 25, 2020
Health Alert – US Embassy Paris, France
Event: France has confirmed cases of COVID-19 throughout the country. U.S. citizens who live in the United States should arrange for immediate return home 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. Direct flights to the U.S. are available through Air France. Currently, there is one direct flight per day. Book flights directly through Air France at https://www.airfrance.fr/en. Flight availability is subject to further restrictions.
As of March 17, 2020, all European Union external borders, including those of France, are closed. U.S. citizens may still depart France to return to the United States, but travel across the Schengen area’s internal borders is significantly restricted.
On March 16, 2020, the Government of France announced measures to minimize contact and travel. A confinement order is in effect throughout France. A list of exceptions when travel is allowed and links to the required documentation is available on our U.S. Embassy COVID-19 webpage.
Due to reduced staffing, only emergency American Citizen Services are available at the U.S. Embassy in Paris and Consulate General in Marseille. Very limited visa services for those who qualify for an exception to the Presidential Proclamation restricting travel to the United States are available in Paris.
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 travel.state.gov 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.
State Department – Consular Affairs
888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444
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