Information on Coronavirus in Paris
Updated April 4th 2020
Paris-Orly CLOSED – from April 1st 2020 all flights operated from Paris-Orly Flights are reassigned to Paris-CDG Airport
Starting from March 31st the Paris Police Authorities ban access to some areas in the Vincennes and Boulogne woods in attempt to limit spread
11 more days until end of restriction in France until (until April 15th 2020)
– €135 to €200 in case of repeat offence in the next 15 days
– can go up to €3750 and 6 months’ imprisonment for those who don’t comply
A total of 14,008 people have recovered from the coronavirus in France up to April 4th 2020
It is necessary to follow governmental restrictions in Paris and minimise your social interactions to prevent the deadly virus from spreading. It’s important not to panic but it’s also very important to be careful.
If you are stuck in a hotel room in a foreign country, we also gathered all the information about airports, public transport, and attraction information on one page in order to make things a little easier for you.
Governmental restrictions to follow in Paris
- The French government has declared a 6-week lockdown on March 17th 2020
- On March 26th 2020, the government announced confinement will last as long as it needs to
- The virus is present in the national territory and is currently in stage 3 of the pandemic
- Paris and Île-de-France count as the areas with the most people infected
- The government action plan is aiming at limiting and preventing the spread of the virus.
Get an overview of the current coronavirus precautions in Paris and in France by clicking here.
Here are the key takeaways and rules to follow set by the French Government, which apply in Paris as well as in other cities in the country. Please visit the official website of the French Government to see if any changes have been made or sign up here with your email to get a notification messenger with all updates.
- Only purchases of basic necessities in establishments (such as food shops, pharmacies, pet shops and petrol stations) whose activities remain authorised
- Medical care that can be deferred cannot be provided, only care of patience with long-care conditions
- Brief trips, within the limit of one hour daily and within a maximum radius of one kilometre around the home
- Visiting family only for vital and urgent reasons (like taking care of an elderly or a baby)
- All travel must be justified by one of two documents necessary to circulate which are: an individual certificate or an employer’s certificate both which can be downloaded here; do not have to be renewed daily
Every citizen must comply with the above-stated measures. The relevant authorities are given the right to enforce them through fines and dispersing gatherings.
- Some airlines have moved their operations to new terminals
- Flights between mainland France and French overseas territories are forbidden until April 15th 2020
- Boarders at entrance of Schengen area are CLOSED
- Travel between non-European counties and the EU are suspended for a period pf 30 days
- French citizens abroad wishing to return home should contact your Embassy/Consulate as well as airline in order to organise your trip
- Each person needing to travel within the French territory must hold an official document with an essential and valid reason for travel
- Travel withing EU is strongly discouraged and is only acceptable for (i) foreign citizens with French/European residence permit returning home, (ii) drivers of essential transportation goods, and (iii) health professionals arriving to provide care against coronavirus
- To postpone or cancel a service booked online please visit the websites you created a booking through
Official websites are doing a great job at keeping travellers well updated and at providing the latest information. You can read about the impact of coronavirus on your travel arrangements on the official websites of Paris’ airports.
Check with your airline company to find out about any alterations of your travel plans. The French Government advises all passengers to avoid long-distance travels unless absolutely necessary.
Find out more here:
- Roissy Charles de Gaulle (CDG)
From March 30th, terminal 1, 2C, 2D, 2G and 3 are TEMPORARILY CLOSED; flights reassigned to other terminals.
If you are flying:
– Air France, Air France Hop and Skyteam alliance airlines: your flight will be operated from Terminal 2F and Terminal 2E
– Other airlines: your flight will be operated from Terminal 2A
- Orly (ORLY) CLOSED
From April 1st all flights operated from Paris-Orly Flights are reassigned to Paris-CDG Airport. Flights between mainland France and French Overseas Territories are forbidden until April 15th 2020.
- Starting March 30th, 30% of buses to offer service
- All passengers must follow strict rules of “social distancing.”
- All travellers must enter buses from the back doors and tickets are no longer sold on the bus
- The Visitor’s Bureau’s tourist offices at Gare du Nord is currently closed.
- March 31st, 2020, the RATP announced very disrupted traffic for metros, several stations closed. As for the rest, Trains will run from 6 h to 22 h only
- Medical personnel and care givers are entitled to free transport on TGV and Intercités, just need to show professional badge/ID or an official written confirmation
- Domestic routes: All train rides can be cancelled up to and on the day of April 30th free of charge for TGV INOUI, Intercités,Ter and OUIGO
- International routes: SNCF will refund tickets from France to Italy until March 29th, refunds are free-of-charge and and also possible for other TGF routes and Renfe SNCF trains
- You may request an exchange or a refund by clicking here
Keep up to date on public transit here:
All attractions in Paris are temporarily closed.
The Paris Convention and Visitor’s Bureau’s tourist office at the Hôtel de Ville is also closed.
If you are staying in Paris for a longer period of time you might still enjoy some of these attractions after they are open again. Here is the list of Paris’ main iconic attractions and their official websites with the latest updates:
- The Eiffel Tower
- Musée du Louvre
- Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris
- Place de la Bastille
- Disneyland Paris
- Musée d’Orsay
All attraction websites update the information about when they will be open again on their websites. Please check their websites regularly to stay tuned.
What to do while currently in Paris
- Get your take-away fix
Restaurants are closed but that doesn’t need to prevent you from trying delicious food and keep your body fuelled and healthy. You can visit UberEats, Deliveroo, Foodora or other delivery websites, pick anything you have cravings for and get it delivered to your location.
- Watch a Paris-themed movie
If you can’t explore the city because of the restrictions, you can watch a Paris-themed movie instead! We all know that feeling when we watch a movie, we see a scene filmed where we’ve been and we scream ‘I’ve been there!”How about watching a movie about Paris while you are in Paris? It suddenly changes your current experience of Paris. Here is a list of the 10 best Paris movies.
- Take a walk in nature close to or around your home/location
All social interaction in Paris is temporarily banned and all public places, parks and gardens in Paris are currently closed to the public until 15 April 2020.
Although social distancing during these times is very important, going outdoors for some fresh air and a quick walk are just as important for our health. We suggest talking a walk around your living premises, making use of your backyard or simply going on your balcony more frequently during the day.
The entire LuggageHero team wishes you good health and positive vibes.
It’s important that we all follow the measures set by the authorities and protect ourselves and others. By social distancing and taking care of our hygiene, we are lessening the change of the virus spreading. Every individual matters. If coronavirus spreads this fast, imagine how contagious some love and a smile are?