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Covid-19 – Progressive ‘de-confinement’ and restrictive measures for traveling

As of 11 May 2020

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In order to halt the spread of the Covid-19 virus, measures to reduce contact and travel throughout the whole of France have been implemented since 17 March 2020.

A plan to ease lockdown (‘plan de déconfinement progressif’) has been set up since 11 May 2020, following the French Prime Minister’s announcement of 28 April 2020.

The first phase of this ‘de-confinement’, planned from 11 May to 2 June 2020, will :
  • modify the restrictive measures reducing contact and travel
  • allow a progressive reopening of some shops and places open to the public.

How does the ‘de-confinement’ plan work ?
The ‘de-confinement’ plan will not be the same in all departments and regions of France.
A map with all the departments of mainland France will be produced, showing either red or green departments, depending on the circulation of the virus, and the testing capacity.
For Grenoble : Isère department
For Valence : Drôme (and Ardèche) departments
Depending on how the pandemic is evolving, a second ‘de-confinement’ phase will be set up from 2 June till the summer.

Moving around and contacts

Since 11 May, it is possible to move around without having a certificate (‘attestation de déplacement dérogatoire’), within 100 kilometers of your home. It is recommended though to have a proof of address with you.

Traveling more than 100 kilometers away from home AND outside of your department are authorized only for imperative professional or family reasons, and with a certificate (‘Déclaration de déplacement’) and a proof of address.
The certificate ‘Déclaration de déplacement’ can be downloaded from the website of the French Ministry of Internal Affairs, and is available in a digital version via
The proof of address should contain your family name and firstname, and be dated less than 1 year. Among the documents accepted as proof of address are : phone, electricity, gaz, or water bills ; rent receipts ; home insurance attestations ; CAF document mentioning the housing allowance ; income tax or housing tax notice.

When leaving home and moving around, you need to follow the basic precautions to protect yourself and others, including social distancing (leaving 1 meter distance between yourself and the others).
Wearing a face mask
is mandatory in some situations (for example in public transports, and in some shops).

Public gatherings are restricted to 10 people.

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

How to calculate what is within 100 kilometers of your home ?
You can use the website GéoPortail, implemented by the ‘Institut national de l'information géographique et forestière’ (IGN).
1. Start with chosing your background map, by clicking ‘Cartes’ in the top left corner of the homepage. We recommend ‘Plan IGN’, but choose whichever suits you best !
2. Then click on the key (blue background), on the right side of the screen.
3. Click on ‘Mesures’ then ‘Calculer une isochrone’.
4. Enter your address in the box ‘Départ’.
5. Click on ‘isodistance’.
6. Enter 100 in the box ‘Distance (km)’.
7. Click on the pedestrian icon in ‘Mode de transport’.
8. Click on ‘Calculer’.

Opening of shops and places open to the public

Since 11 May, all shops are allowed to reopen, except for cafés and restaurants, and following the precautionary health measures.

Wearing a face mask could be mandatory in some shops, particularly when social distancing is not guaranteed.

Libraries and smaller museums are also allowed to open.

Parks and public gardens are allowed to open, only in ‘green’ departments.

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 in formation on the French government website

International flights and travel

Given the current health situation and following the European Commission recommendation:
  • external borders of France are closed until further notice or specific decision from the EU;
  • internal borders of France are closed until June 15 (their control is extended until October 31, 2020).
The entry on French territory is only authorized for the following persons (including their spouse and children), already having their principal residence in France or in case of transit through France:
  • French citizens;
  • Nationals of the EU, the Schengen Area, the United Kingdom, Monaco, Andorra and Saint Martin;
  • Nationals from other countries holding a French or European residence permit.
Please note that travelers entering France must present, before boarding and during controls upon arrival, a travel certificate filled in and signed.
It can be downloaded from the French Ministry of home affairs website, in the section "International travel from abroad to mainland France".
If their home is located more than 100km from where there are and outside of this department, they also have to carry another certificate (‘attestation de déplacement dérogatoire’), downloadable on the same site.

Sources :
Circulaire du 12 mai 2020
On the other hand, departures from the French national territory are not banned at all.


Sources of information

French government website

French administration official website

‘Vie Publique’ website


Updated on May 26, 2020

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