Please consult this page often for up to date information about COVID response in France. You may download a PDF version of this information below.
Information on International Mobility
ENTERING FRANCE FROM USA/CANADA
All students must be able to present the following paperwork at their departure airport:
- Completed Attestation de Déplacement travel waiver (“Etudiant” box checked) accompanied by the Signed Declaration stating absence of COVID symptoms. Form available online: https://www.interieur.gouv.fr/Actualites/L-actu-du-Ministere/Attestation-de-deplacement-et-de-voyage
- A Negative COVID-19 PCR test taken less than 72 hours prior to boarding.
- A Contact Sheet providing address of residence in France.
- A Student Long Stay Visa (VLS-TS).
Daily Life in Paris
The city of Paris has implemented mandatory safety guidelines to ensure the welfare and protection of everyone:
- Wearing a face mask is obligatory in all public areas (both outside and indoors) and on all public transportation. The fine for non-compliance is 135 euros.
- Persons engaged in physical activity such as running, biking, or riding scooters are not required to wear a
- Children under 11 years old are exempt from wearing masks.
- Bars, restaurants, and terraces remain open with modified seating and hours.
- Markets, stores, and malls remain open and adhere to social distancing protocols.
- Parks and public gardens are opens.
- Cultural venues such as museums, theatres, castles, are open to the public in compliance with strict health rules. Advanced reservations are often required.
- Large assemblies of 1,000 people and more are currently prohibited.
- Groups of more than 10 people in a public place (both indoors and outdoors) are prohibited.
- Clubs and large performance venues remain closed for an indefinite period.
Paris University Protocols
The French government has issued certain protocols and recommendations for all institutions of higher education.
- Physical distancing of 1 meter.
- Management of the flow of people.
- Mandatory mask wearing.
- Systematic use of hydroalcoholic gel.
- Mechanical or manual ventilation of the premises.
- Routine cleaning in accordance with sanitary instructions.
A majority of courses are held in person with professors. Some courses may be subject to distance learning.
COVID Related Health Services in France
- Disposable and reusable masks are widely available for purchase through Paris.
- Disinfectant gel is available for purchase in pharmacies and grocery stores.
- RT-PCR and Immunity Tests are available at various locations in Paris without a perscription.
- The French government has developed a voluntary STOP COVID tracking app.
Traveling While in France
- Free movement throughout France.
- Free movement throughout the EU.
- Outside of the EU restriction may apply.
- Main French government COVID website: https://www.gouvernement.fr/en/coronavirus-covid-19
- Daily French government communications and statistics: https://solidarites-sante.gouv.fr/soins-et-maladies/maladies/maladies-infectieuses/coronavirus
- Information concerning the EU: https://reopen.europa.eu/en
- Official website dedicated to Student Life in French universities: http://www.etudiant.gouv.fr
This guide reflects information put forth by the French Health Ministry and APUAF – 09/25/2020