Paris Coronavirus Information
Paris Coronavirus Information

Paris Coronavirus Updates

Updated: July 3rd 2020

Here you have all the latest Paris coronavirus updates on airports, public transport, attractions and rules and regulations on one page. We’re committed to keeping you informed so you can take the necessary measures and be one step closer to getting back to your normal life or get back home safely once the coronavirus in Paris is no longer a threat.

 

France is opening up again!

France has removed all border-traffic restrictions on June 15th. The country is open for non-essential travel for the majority of EU and Schengen countries and for citizens of European Union member states. Monaco, San Marino, Andorra, the Vatican, as well as Iceland, Norway, Switzerland and Liechtenstein may now enter the state without restrictions. Spain and the UK are excluded from this list. The 14-day quarantine, as well as carrying an official travel document are no longer required.
Update: The French Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs has allowed international students to travel to France for study purposes starting July 1st.

 

Paris Coronavirus Latest News

(Published in the last 24 hours)

Paris Coronavirus Travel Restrictions

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 this page to make things a little easier for you.

The French Government advises all passengers to avoid long-distance travel unless absolutely necessary. Check with your airline company to find out about any alterations of your travel plans.

People in France are asked to show the same kind of responsibility as they have throughout the crisis.

  • Wearing a mask is compulsory in airports and during flights as of May 11th 2020
  • Long-distance travel is only possible for compelling personal or professional reasons until at least June 15th 2020
  • Residents are not required to carry an attestation form to travel further than 100 km from their home and the limit has been dropped (local authorities have the right to restrict movement if they see fit)
  • Residents will be allowed to travel without restriction within the country
  • Flights between mainland France and French overseas territories remain closed
  • Borders at the entrance of Schengen area are closed
  • Travel between non-European counties and the EU are suspended for a period of 30 days
  • French citizens abroad wishing to return home should contact your Embassy/Consulate as well as airline in order to organise your trip
  • 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
  • Travel into France is currently restricted, and travellers are required to present an international travel certificate at the border
  • To postpone or cancel a service booked online please visit the websites you created a booking through

Paris Airport Information

Official websites are doing a great job keeping travellers 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.

Find out more here:

  • Roissy Charles de Gaulle (CDG)

    Update:
    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)

    Update:
    Closed until June 26th 2020, all flights due to be operated are reassigned at Paris-CDG

Paris Public Transport

  • People are encouraged to use alternative mobility to limit crowds in public transport
  • New bicycle routes and widening of pedestrian paths are in place in order to make social distancing easier
  • Starting May 11th, wearing a mask is compulsory for everyone above the age of 11 years of age on all public transport
  • A certificate from your employer is needed in order to use public transport during rush hour
  • Only trips with 100 km from your home are allowed, otherwise, a special travel document is needed for those who must travel further
  • Capacity of riders in one bus/train/metro will be reduced until the approximately beginning of June

Buses

  • Starting May 11th, 70% 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

Trains

  • SNCF has put 50% of its tickets on sale; plans to extend this to 100% of seats from mid-June 
  • 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
  • Click here for more information coronavirus travel information

Keep up to date on public transit here:

Paris Attractions

Most attractions in Paris are temporarily closed. 

If you are currently in Paris and are staying in the city 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 Paris Convention and Visitor’s Bureau’s tourist office at the Hôtel de Ville is also closed. All attraction websites update the information about when they will be open again on their websites. Please check their websites regularly to stay tuned.

For now, you can Click HERE to see how you can visit Paris without leaving your home and explore the French capital from wherever you are.

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Governmental restrictions in Paris

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.

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

According to Phase 2 Deconfinement in France (starting June 2nd 2020):

  • Wearing a mask in public is absolutely essential
  • Gatherings of more than 10 people, whether public or private, not allowed until June 21st 2020 (except for exceptional cases)
  • Restaurants, bars and cafes to reopen in green zones (with a 4-meter square unit around each table, and other strict rules) and terraces in orange zones
  • Reopening of childcare facilities from May 12 2020 (under strict compliance with sanitary facilities conditions)
  • Hotels, campsites in green zones allowed to open, while those in orange zone must wait until June 22nd 2020
  • Colleges and schools are to reopen gradually in green zones
  • The elderly will be confined to stay at home even after the lockdown
  • All outdoor and indoor food and non-food markets will reopen on Tuesday, May 12th 2020 according to rigorous specifications
  • Cultural and sports centres, swimming pools, theatres and performance halls may reopen on June 22nd 2020
  • Individual physical activities are allowed without time restriction throughout the capital
  • Team or contact sports will remain prohibited, even outdoors
  • The Bois de Vincennes and the Bois de Boulogne will be fully reopened
  • The Champ-de-Mars and the Esplanade des Invalides will once again be accessible
  • The City of Paris is taking measures concerning the care of homeless people: marauding, distribution of meals, provision of gymnasiums
  • Lanes on the banks will reopen over their entire length 
  • E residential parking is free from March 16 until June 2nd, parking on the streets of Paris will be subject to charge starting May 11
  • Visiting nursing homes are now possible according to rules of each specific nursing home
  • access to Parisian cemeteries will be reserved for meditation and funeral ceremonies, up to a limit of 20 people allowed
  • Weddings are allowed in religious sites, but physical distancing must be obliged

All rules are set to be re-evaluated on June 22nd 2020. Every citizen must comply with the above-stated measures. The relevant authorities are given the right to enforce them through fines and by dispersing gatherings.

Covid-19 Travel Articles: Is it safe to travel?

 

  • Lonely Planet on how COVID-19 is changing travel

    Some countries want us to visit – but are we ready to travel? 

    European airlines have their fingers firmly crossed. Carriers, which would usually be running up to 2500 flights a day, are slowly reopening their networks. By July, easyJet hopes to resume 50% of its routes with Ryanair aiming to restart 40% of its own. But are travelers as keen? We spoke to several to find out. READ MORE >>>

    Here’s what it’s like to visit a theme park during the pandemic

    Depending on where you live, amusement parks can be one of the best day trip experiences around. But like everything else, coronavirus indefinitely changed them.” READ MORE >>>

  • TravelPusle on airlines and airports

    Passengers Now Required to Fill Out Health Form to Fly

    Airlines for America (A4A), the trade group that represents the major U.S. airlines, said Monday that passengers will now be required to complete a health acknowledgement form during check-in for a flight. The requirement is for all passengers, and anyone that refuses runs the risk of being declared unfit to travel. READ MORE >>>

  • Forbes Travel Guide on summer hotel reopenings

    How Hotels Are Changing Everything From Room Service To Restaurants

    The coronavirus has forced luxury hotels to retool the guest stay, from check-in to checkout. But this doesn’t mean you should expect a lesser experience. As hotels begin to reopen all over the globe, they are discovering creative ways to adhere to health regulations while ensuring you have a good time. Their efforts especially shine in the food and beverage realm, where they have reimagined everything from happy hour to the hotel buffet.” READ HERE >>>

  • The New York Times on a new travel era

    The Future of Travel – How the industry will change after the pandemic 

    Regions and countries are beginning to open up, but the outbreak will undoubtedly change how we think, act and travel, at least in the short term.” READ MORE >>>

What to do while currently in Paris

  • Get your takeaway 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.

  • Keep the communication going with your loved ones

You can use this time to reconnect with your loved ones through different video options online. Keeping everyone up-to-date about yourself, making sure everyone is healthy and well and “making someones’ day” by giving them a good laugh is a great way to maintain strong relations even when you cannot physically spend time together.

Virtual coffees and dinner dates with a friend, family member, a loved one, or a “double-date” even with another couple is the thing to do during these corona times. Why not enjoy someones’ company while everyone stays in the comfort of their home? Times like these sometimes ask us to adapt to another lifestyle, but why not make the best of it?

  • 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.

  • Read/Write

If you’re at home, you probably have a shelf full of books that you’ve always wanted to read but never got to. Or perhaps you have some e-books that you’ve saved on your phone under “read later.” This is the perfect time to take your mind off the current stressful situation and dive into a literary world, at least for an hour or two a day.

Also, writing or keeping a journal and getting those thoughts and feelings out on paper can be a true stress reliever during times like these.

  • Yoga/Stretching

As we all know, keeping active is crucial to our well-being. When you’re stuck inside for a longer period of time and running or going to the gym is no longer an option, yoga and stretching are the way to go. These are activities you can do on your own floor or balcony. There are many videos online that you can follow while doing these activities, and you can also tune into live-stream yoga classes available online.

  • Take a walk in nature close to or around your home/location

Although social distancing during these times is very important, going outdoors for some fresh air is just as important for our health. We suggest taking a walk or going for a run outdoors around your living premises. If you don’t feel safe going outside of your home, you can make use of your backyard or simply go on your balcony more often 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 matter. If coronavirus spreads this fast, imagine how contagious some love and a smile are?

#SpreadPositivityNotCoronavirus

Once the situation is safe again and we are ready to explore and travel again, check our luggage storage Paris guide and LuggageHero sites in Paris.

Can you store luggage in Paris?

Yes, you can store luggage at many different locations all over Paris. It is possible to store luggage at several on-demand services in Paris where you pay either an hourly or a daily rate depending on the luggage storage service provider. LuggageHero has more than 40 stores located all over the city. Besides mentioned, many train stations also offer luggage storage.

Can you store luggage at the Eiffel Tower?

No, the tourist attraction itself does not offer luggage storage. However, several on-demand luggage storage offer luggage storage nearby the Eiffel Tower. LuggageHero offers luggage storage as close as 250 meters from the Eiffel Tower.

Can you leave your luggage at Paris Airport?

Yes, you can leave your luggage at Paris-Charles de Gaulle 2 airport from 6: AM to 9:30 PM every day of the week. The location for the lockers is at CDGVAL station's exit which is near the RER train station.

What should I know before going to Paris?

There is a number of things one must know before going to Paris. Some of them include - do not gamble or buy things on the street, don't throw our your cigarettes on the street after smoking because you will get a fine, learn a few words in French before going as many people there do not like speaking English.

Is water safe to drink in Paris?

Yes, you can drink the water in Paris from the tap and most Parisians (if not to say all) are doing it every day

Is 3 days enough to visit Paris?

With 3 days in Paris, you have enough time to take in the view from the Eiffel Tower, say hi to Mona Lisa in the Louvre, eat street food crepes, climb the Arc de Triomphe, explore several Parisian neighborhoods, and visit the amazing Palace of Versailles. However, for a perfect visit to Paris, we recommend a minimum of five days in order to experience more and learn a bit more about the culture.

Where can you store luggage in Paris?

Most major train stations (Gare de Lyon, Gare du Nord, Montparnasse, Gare de l'Est, Gare d'Austerlitz) and airports (Charles de Gaulle- CDG / Orly) offer baggage storage options. Luggage can be stored in the locker for up to 72 hours and are very useful when you have a layover in Paris. However, you can also store in nearby shops and hotels by using LuggageHero.

What is the most visited attraction in Paris?

Eiffel Tower is the most visited tourist attraction in Paris, the Eiffel Tower also ranks high on the list of places to visit in France.

What is the best and cheapest time to visit Paris?

The best time to visit Paris is from April to June and October to early November when the weather is mild and enjoyable and the tourist crowds are smaller than summer. The cheapest time to visit Paris is early December, January, and February.

How much money should I bring to Paris?

It depends on how long your trip is but generally it is best to bring some euros and then use your card as much as possible and use cash only when needed.

Can I store my luggage at the Louvre?

Yes, you can. The Louvre offers luggage storage lockers. However, the queues can be long, which means that you will need to arrive there early enough to avoid being disappointed. Keep in mind that you are not allowed to bring any items exceeding 55 cm x 35 cm x 20 cm into the museum. Important note: all items left in the lockers must be collected the same day!