Paris Coronavirus Updates
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.
Please visit the official website of the French Government to see if any changes have been made by clicking here.
Governmental Rules and 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.
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.
A confinement is established on Paris and Île-de-France until May 2. From 6 April, nurseries, schools, colleges and high schools will be closed for three weeks. Curfew is introduced from 7 pm to 6 am and travel outside the home is allowed during the day, with no time limit, but within a 10km radius of home. You are only allowed to leave this 10km radius with an exemption certificate.
- Paris is in lockdown, you need an exemption certificate with a good reason to leave your home
- No gatherings
- Cinemas, concert halls, museums and theatres are closed
- Wearing the mask is mandatory
- All businesses that are not essential must close on April 3 and until May 2, 2021
- Telework must be « pushed » to the maximum, worked as much as possible at home
- You have to work from home if possible
- Read more here.
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, as well as by putting further restrictions in place in order to reduce the spread of the virus.
Is it safe to travel?
Latest Covid-19 Travel Articles
BBC on vaccines
What are the Brazil, South Africa and UK variants and will vaccines work?
« A Covid variant first identified in Brazil has been found in the UK.
Public health officials are investigating six cases and are using testing to see if it has spread to more people.
Some variants, like this one, appear to be more contagious and there are concerns current vaccines may not work as well. » Continue reading here
NewsScientist on Brazil variant case
Airports With COVID-19 Testing Happening On-site
« Efforts are underway in England to trace a person infected with the P.1 coronavirus variant, after they used a home testing kit but didn’t complete a registration form. The P.1 variant was first identified in people who were travelling from Brazil to Japan on 10 January, and the infected person is one of six cases of the P.1 variant detected in the UK in February. » Continue reading here
EUObserver on Covid-free travel pass
EU to propose Covid-free ‘travel pass’ ahead of summer
« The European Commission is working on a special pass to allow vaccinated people and others to travel more freely – despite criticism from those who say it risks discriminating those unable to get the jab.
Also known as a « digital green pass, » the plan is to have a legal proposal in a matter of weeks which would include categories like those who are vaccinated, those who have recovered from Covid-19, or those who are able to produce negative test results. » Continue reading here
SkyNews on the virus evolving
COVID-19: This virus will keep evolving – and that makes international travel risky
« In truth even a complete quarantine on travellers wouldn’t reduce the risk of imported virus to zero unless it also applies to the 1,000 or so truck drivers crossing the Channel every day. That’s unlikely.
And no quarantine rule is going to stop the emergence of home-grown variants. Both the original virus and the Kent version have mutated and are spreading.
What we need are better vaccines. » Continue reading here
How to safely store your luggage during the COVID-19 pandemic
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Paris Coronavirus Latest News
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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.
With the new COVID-19 variant detected in the UK, France has taken restrictive measures for travel from the UK. Until further notice, a mechanism limiting the resumption of flows between the United Kingdom and France is in force. The only people allowed to cross the border can only do so in limited exceptions and must submit a negative test to enter our territory. Please check the French government website.
More on France travel advice here.
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:
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 1, Orly 3 and Orly 4 are operated
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
- Capacity of riders in one bus/train/metro has been reduced.
- 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
- 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
- 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:
- Gare du Nord – markers on the platforms keep commuters two metres apart while waiting for trains
- Gare Saint-Lazare
- Gare de Lyon
- Châtelet–Les Halles
Most Paris attractions have started to reopen. Here, you can keep yourself informed on attraction reopenings, daily opening and closing times and information on reduced capacity.
In the case that certain locations close again due to changes in restrictions, you can still enjoy some of these attractions after they are open again if you are staying in Paris for a longer period of time.
Here is the list ofParis’ iconic attractions and their official websites with the latest updates:
- The Giacometti Institute – Closed
- The Eiffel Tower – Closed
- Musée du Louvre – Closed
- Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris – Closed
- The Opéra Bastille – Closed
- Disneyland Paris – Closed
- Musée d’Orsay – Closed
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.
What to do while currently in Paris
- Get your takeaway fix
The coronavirus situation 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.
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.
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?
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!