France Covid-19 Information
News27 March 2020
The current Covid-19 pandemic is causing widespread disruption to daily life and travel worldwide. On this page, we have centralised some useful sources of information for Irish citizens currently in France.
The government of Ireland is currently advising against any non-essential travel, including to France, in the context of the current Covid-19 pandemic. Extensive disruption to flight schedules worldwide means that you can easily become stranded abroad. You should keep up to date with our travel advice for France and with DFAT coronavirus travel advice page. Download the Travelwise app to have easy access to travel advice, wherever you may be.
If you are in France, you can also sign up to our Citizens Registration facility to ensure that, if we need to contact you in an emergency situation, we can do so.
If you plan to travel home to Ireland, we advise you to do so as soon as possible. You can check what options are available with Air France who are currently the only airline operating a direct route from Paris to Dublin, or ferry companies including Stena Line or Irish Ferries.
If you are entering France from abroad for transit or travel home, you must fill in the “attestation de déplacement international” form before you travel. This form is available on the French Interior Ministry’s website here. You may not be permitted to enter France for non-essential reasons.
Masks must be worn on public transport in France, and restrictions may be in place to limit use of public transport for essential journeys. Further restrictions may be imposed by carriers or local authorities. Check with operators SNCF for information on rail journeys and RATP for information on public transport in Paris, or with your local transport operator if you are elsewhere in France.
France and Covid-19
France has introduced a number of strict measures to deal with Coronavirus. These include limiting movements to 100km from your place of residence, except for essential reasons. If you plan to travel over 100km, you must carry with you a completed self-declaration form specifying the reason for your journey. This form must be time-stamped and is valid only for the specific journey you are making. It is possible to write this form by hand if you do not have access to a printer. You may be asked by police to present this form or to prove your address, and we advise citizens to carry proof of address with them at all times. Failure to do so may result in a fine of €135.
If you are travelling home to Ireland or transiting through France, whether arriving at a land border, by sea or by air, you must carry with you your passport, proof of onward travel, and fill in an attestation de déplacement international form, which must be ready to present to your carrier and to French border police if requested. Failure to provide this form or to prove the purpose of your journey may result in being turned away. If you are arriving into France at the airport and travelling onward to your place of residence, you may also be given a form titled "attestation de retour au domicile" which will have to be filled in and stamped by the airport police.
For information on the sanitary situation in France and to remain aware of where high-transmission "risk areas" are on French territory, see the Santé Publique website.
The French government has a useful website with information and FAQs on all Covid-19 related matters, such as measures currrently in place and healthcare. There is also an English-language page on the website.
If you are feeling unwell and are concerned you may have symptoms of Covid-19, French authorities advise that you stay at home and phone your doctor. If you are experiencing more serious symptoms such as difficulty breathing, call the Covid-19 medical assistance line by dialling 15.
For any other non-medical Covid-19 related queries, you can contact the dedicated 24h line on 0800 130 000.
Confinement and social isolation can be a difficult to cope with. If you require support, a dedicated website has been set up to provide resources and free consultations related to Covid and confinement, at covidecoute.org (in French). A number of associations and helplines are also at hand, such as the English-speaking SOS Help or the French-speaking Psychologue Gratuit. Your GP will also be able to direct you to support services in your area.
The Irish in France Association has collated a list of useful websites including free online activities for adults and children alike. The Association is a useful way to keep in touch with the Irish community in France - for more information, visit their website or Facebook page.
Ireland and Covid-19
Ireland has also introduced a number of measures to fight Covid-19, including a requirement for anyone who is entering the country from abroad to self-isolate for 14 days. You will find the latest information on the situation in Ireland on the gov.ie website.
For any health- and healthcare-related queries, the HSE has a dedicated section of its website which is updated regularly.
The Embassy is currently working with reduced on-site staffing. Our public offices are available by appointment only on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. As appointments are limited, we recommend that all applications for consular services be submitted to us by post to allow us to process them as promptly as possible.
Due to reduced staffing at the Embassy, some non-emergency services may experience delays. INIS has temporarily ceased accepting new visa applications, except for certain emergency categories. Please visit www.inis.gov.ie for more information.
If you require Embassy assistance, we are contactable on 01 44 177 67 00 or by email.