France records second highest daily COVID-19 cases (as of 26 September, 2020) as infections rise across Europe.
Especially in these regions: Paris-Ile de France, Centre-Val-de-Loire, Normandie, Bretagne, Occitanie, Rhône-Alpes, Nouvelle-Aquitaine, Corsica and Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur (PACA) and Hauts-de-France are classified as areas with increased virus spread. The authorities restricted selected areas of public life.
Wearing a mask in open spaces is mandatory for all persons from the age of eleven in French cities ( such is the case for Marseille, Angers, Sète, Toulon, Lille, Nice, Tours, Toulouse, Biarritz, St Malo, Paris, Lyon, Strasbourg …) and in all areas with high pedestrian traffic and all enclosed public spaces in France. (This means: all shops, town halls, public services, museums, local and long-distance public transport, catering establishments, common rooms of hotels) otherwise it costs €135.
51 departments in mainland France are currently classified by the French government as areas with high increased virus spread.
This high COVID-19 traffic pattern is particularly observable in the 70+, 50-60 and 10-20 age groups. This evolution of viral circulation is compatible with, on the one hand, the hypothesis of trans-generational transmission and, on the other hand, the occurrence of grouped cases in Ehpad ( = Rest homes) and school/university environments.
Nearly half of the new cases are asymptomatic, so it is essential to maintain the utmost vigilance and apply barrier gestures and distancing measures to prevent the transmission of SARS-COV-2.
France and its EU partners reopened its Schengen external borders to 15 non-EU countries.
France steps up its entry requirements at the airport from corona risk areas or where the virus is high in the run.
Travellers from corona high-risk areas (United Arab Emirates, USA, Bahrain, Panama, South Africa, Kuwait, Qatar, Israel, Brazil, Peru, Serbia, Algeria, Turkey, Madagascar, India and Oman) must undergo a test before boarding a flight to ensure that they are not carrying the virus. Anyone displaying symptoms could be subject to quarantine for up to 14 days. France applies “reciprocity” to countries imposing restrictions on its nationals.
Travelers returning from Great Britain and Northern Ireland to France without certain important reasons for entry are requested to carry out a 14-day quarantine (reciprocity effect applied).
Because of the sharp increase in corona infections in Spain, the French government advises against tourist travel to several regions of Spain. However, the border between France and Spain remains open.
Bars, restaurants, parks, museums, zoos, etc, remaind opened but visitors and locals are still to respect social distancing and hygienic precautions.
Corsica: A sworn declaration of absence of symptoms of COVID-19 infection must be presented to the boarding staff on the day of departure.
A temperature check will be carried out for passengers at their ports.
Corsica has been classified by the French government as an area with increased virus spread, with the consequence that the authorities there can restrict selected areas of public life.
The SNCF (French railways Service) runs a hygiene campaign to keep trains and stations clean and normal services have resumed.
Ferry traffic for passengers has been severely disrupted during the Covid lockdown period but the Eurotunnel service has remained open.
Paris Orly airport resumes flight operations. Low cost airlines have been banned from flying over French skies until further notice.
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On the bright side, lockdown has had a positive effect on biodiversity. During the lockdown, Parisians, including those living in the Ile-de-France region could once again clearly hear birds singing and leaves rustling (up to 90% less noise in certain parts of the capital). They can breathe healthier air due to the the drastic reduction in road and air traffic.
Air quality has improved with fewer air pollutants.
Paris is undergoing a rebound of bike usage through Corona.
From 11 May, Paris has created about 50km of cycle paths and a new pedestrian zone (about 30 km) to maintain social distancing and soft mobility.
Castles & parks of the Loire Valley reopened their doors and some of them can be visited during our bike tour,
A toll-free hotline service (French only) answers your questions about the Coronavirus COVID-19 non-stop, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week: 0 800 130 000. The toll-free hotline service cannot give medical advice. If you have signs of a respiratory infection within 14 days of your return from an area where the coronavirus is spreading, dial 15, or send a text to 114 if you have a speech or hearing impairment.