Information on covid-19 and guidelines

In order to limit the spread of the virus the government has put in place a certain number of instructions to be respected: limit your movements, systematically adopt barrier measures. These instructions are subject to change depending on the situation.

Movement and travel

You must have a reason to move:

  • Travel between home and the place of work or an educational or training institution, business travel that cannot be postponed, travel for a competition or exam. (This box is to be checked if you do not yet have the permanent business travel certificate, validated by your employer, editor’s note).
  • Travel to make purchases of supplies necessary for the professional activity, purchases of basic necessities in establishments whose activities remain authorized, order withdrawal and home deliveries.
  • Consultations, examinations and care that cannot be provided remotely and the purchase of medication.
  • Travel for compelling family reasons, for assistance to vulnerable and precarious persons or for childcare.
  • Disabled persons and their companions.
    Short trips, within the limit of one hour per day and within a maximum radius of one kilometer around the home, related either to the individual physical activity of the persons, excluding any collective sports practice and any proximity with other persons, or to walking with only the persons grouped together in the same home, or to the needs of pets.
  • Judicial or administrative summons and to go to a public service.
  • Participation in missions of general interest at the request of the administrative authority.
  • Travel to pick up children at school and during their extracurricular activities. (This box should be checked if you do not yet have the permanent school travel certificate, validated by your child’s school).
  • Travel within a radius of 1 km

Once your reason is checked, the question of distance arises. The first level is the radius of one kilometer from your home, to go for a walk with your family, to take your dog out or go jogging, but also to go to a cemetery.

The Ministry of the Interior also confirms that after All Saints’ Day, starting Monday, November 2, it will still be possible to go to a cemetery, but within a radius of one kilometer from your home only.

For these “short trips” of one kilometer, limited to one hour, you must check the corresponding box on your travel waiver.

In application of the state of health emergency, travel is prohibited except in the following cases and only with a certificate and identification!

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Digital Certificate Generator

Since Monday April 6th, you can present your certificate from your smartphone:

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Business travel

In the case of business travel, it is necessary to produce in addition a duly completed employer’s certificate. Your employer is obliged to adapt your working conditions to ensure your safety.

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International travel from abroad to France

To return to France from abroad, a specific exemption certificate is available. This document must be presented to carriers before boarding and at arrival checks.

All travel certificates on the governement (French and English)

More information

Find more information for foreign nationals on the website of the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs (


Wearing a mask is advisable when you are outside and mandatory if you use public transport,

Concretely, how can I folow these instructions?

I must go out alone unless I have to accompany an elderly or disabled person; for my daily walk, I can go out with people confined to my home, for example with my children, excluding of any other person.


Movements as part of daily life:


Travel for health reasons


Protect your self and others with simple gestures

Good to know: coronavirus is a virus protected by a membrane made of lipids. These molecules are disorganized by soapy water and a good scrubbing or washing and a minimum temperature (currently 56° for 20 minutes), which deactivates the virus. Frequent hand washing, cleaning door handles, disinfecting computer keyboards, telephones and other everyday objects are precautions that help eliminate covid-19 from our environment.

Barrier gestures 

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Whash your hands effectively

The temperature of the water does not matter, but the time it takes to scrub with soap plays a role in the elimination of viruses and other micro-organisms:

20 seconds is the minimum; 30 seconds is safer.

In any case, it takes this time to carefully clean all the nooks and crannies (see diagram below) without forgetting the inside of the fingers, nails and wrists. To reach the 30 seconds, just sing « Happy Birthday » twice! Turn on the faucet with your elbow, rinse thoroughly and dry with a clean cloth roll, disposable towel or electric dryer.



How to clean your smartphone

You can wash your hands as many times as you want, grabbing your smartphone the next second will ruin your efforts if the coronavirus is present. It is therefore better to clean it very regularly, especially since scientists are still unsure about the activity of the virus on objects.

Switch it off and take it out of its protective shell (which will also need to be cleaned!).

  • Use a clean cloth; use a 70% isopropyl-based alcohol-free solution (do not use bleach or immerse your smartphone in any cleaning solution, even if it is waterproof). You can use a disinfectant solution intended for electronic devices, but do not use compressed air aerosol, which could damage your device ;
  • Soak your cloth lightly with product or slightly soapy water and clean the device, avoiding moisture seeping into the openings of the device (jack port for headphones, connection port for the charger, microphone and speakers), even if it is waterproof;
  • Repeat the operation with a cloth moistened with clear water;
  • Wait until the smartphone is completely dry before turning it on again;
  • Repeat the operation frequently!

Also remember to clean your protective shell using the same method. Silicone, plastic and even leather will resist very well to slightly soapy water followed by a rinse. For leather, you can use nourishing leather cream to restore suppleness.



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