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Covid-19 – Deconfinement and traveling

As of June 22, 2020

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The restrictive measures that had been implemented on 17 March 2020, in order to halt the spread of the Covid-19 virus, are being progressively lifted, following the gradual deconfinement plan announced by the French Prime Minister on 28 April 2020.

International travel

Given the favorable development of the health situation in France and Europe, and in accordance with the European Commission recommendations, France is progressively lifting the travel restrictions at its borders starting 15 June 2020.

  • Internal European borders
The entry on the French territory has been authorized since 15 June to persons coming from the European zone : member States of the European Union, as well as Andorra, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway, San Marino, Switzerland and Vatican.
These persons are exempt from a 14-day quarantine period upon arrival in France (except for those coming from the UK), and do not need to have an international travel certificate.
In order to plan your travel in Europe, know more about the entry / exit conditions, quarantine measures…
You can use the interactive tool of the European Commission: Re-open.

  • Schengen external borders
France will open its Schengen external borders, gradually and depending on the health situation in other countries, as of 1 July 2020.
A list of countries for which traveling restrictions across borders would start being lifted will be produced and updated every 2 weeks.

Until July 1st, the entry on the French territory is authorized to Nationals from outside the EU only if they have their principal residence in France, and a valid residence permit.

Travelers coming to France from countries outside the EU must present, before boarding and at controls upon arrival, a travel certificate filled out and signed, that can be downloaded from the French Ministry of home affairs website.

On the other hand, departures from the French territory are not banned at all.

International students, whichever country they are from, will be authorized to enter France for the start of the coming academic year. Their visa applications will be given priority.

Communiqué de presse conjoint du 13 juin 2020
Communiqué de presse du Conseil de l’UE du 30 juin 2020

Moving around in metropolitan France

All the travel restrictions within metropolitan France have been lifted since June 2. Everyone can move around freely, without any certificate.

Public transportation

Public trasnportation capacity remains limited in order to respect the health precautions.
Wearing a face mask is mandatory in public transportation.

In Grenoble
Find out more about the traffic conditions on the TAG website. :

In Valence
Find all useful information on the website Valence Romans Déplacements:

Opening of shops and places open to the public

Since June 2, and in compliance with the health precautions, all shops are allowed to open (including cafés, bars and restaurants) as well as many public places, for culture or sports.

Since June 22, cinemas and games rooms are allowed to open.
Team sports activities (football, basketball, handball…) can restart, in stadiums / gymnasiums or outdoor, with adapted preventive measures.

If you intend to go to a public administration (CAF, CPAM, city hall,…), we highly recommend you to visit their website beforehand, to find out about their opening conditions.

More information on the French government website

Respecting health precautions

It is now possible to leave home and move around, but it is essential, and sometimes mandatory, to follow the basic precautions to protect yourself and others, including physical distancing (leaving 1 meter distance between yourself and the others) and wearing a face mask.

Wearing a face mask is mandatory in public transports (bus, tram, train…).
It can be mandatory in some shops or other places open to the public, particularly when physical distancing is not guaranteed.

Public gatherings are restricted to 10 people in public places.

Any violation of these rules will be penalised by a fine of €135 (find out more by clicking here).

Sources of information

French government website

French administration official website

‘Vie Publique’ website


Updated on July 10, 2020

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