Measures and restrictions due to COVID-19: containment and border closure
Further to previous announcements on 12 and 14 March (respectively, closing of schools and closing of restaurants, cinemas, etc.), French Government announced yesterday official containment, starting today 17 March at 12pm. It is due to last for an initial period of 15 days, extendable depending on the progress made containing the spread of the coronavirus.
People are strongly invited to work from home whenever possible, and trips outside of their home are reduced to the “strict minimum”. Exceptions will be approved for trips to food shops, doctors, or work when required. People are prevented from meeting in groups, seeing family, playing sports in groups, etc. Certificates will need to be signed and presented when controlled. Police will fine people whose reason to be out of their home is not legitimate (€135).
It has also been announced that borders will be closed at a European level. Third-country nationals with no residence permit and no imperious reason to enter will be refused access to the Schengen space. Internal movement will be allowed within the EU (including the UK, as this is the Brexit transition period), only for imperious reasons.
French administrations have announced that validity of all French residence permits and receipts of application is extended for 3 months, to secure their stay.
We recommend that all trips to the EU and to Schengen be postponed.
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