Foreign travel advice

France

Important COVID-19 Exceptional Travel Advisory Notice

The Foreign & Commonwealth Office currently advises British nationals against all but essential international travel. This advice is being kept under constant review.

Summary

Coronavirus (COVID-19): stay up to date

The French Government has implemented measures to limit the spread of coronavirus. There are strict requirements to complete certificates and/or declarations in order to travel to or within France. See Entry requirements

If you live in the UK and are currently visiting France, you’re strongly advised to return now by commercial means. See Return to the UK

The Department for Transport and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office have jointly published separate guidance for the freight transport industry during the coronavirus pandemic.

On 5 March 2020, Flybe announced that it had ceased operations and all its flights have been cancelled. For more information, see the Flybe travel alert. If you were due to travel with Flybe, read the UK Civil Aviation Authority’s advice to UK consumers for more information on how your travel plans may be affected and the steps you should take.

The UK has left the European Union. The rules on travel to EU countries will stay the same until 31 December 2020 while the UK and EU negotiate additional arrangements. This page will be updated with country-specific information for travellers to France as things change. Sign up for email alerts and view the latest updates for UK nationals travelling to and living in Europe.

Around 17 million British nationals visit France every year. Most visits are trouble-free. The most common problem reported is pickpocketing. See Crime

If you’re living in France, visit our Living in France guide in addition to this travel advice.

Terrorists are very likely to try to carry out attacks in France. Due to ongoing threats to France by Islamist terrorist groups, and recent French military intervention against Daesh (formerly referred to as ISIL), the French government has warned the public to be especially vigilant and has reinforced its security measures. Check the French government’s advice about what to do if a terrorist attack occurs. See Terrorism

There remain some migrants around Calais, who may seek to enter the UK illegally. There have been instances of migrants seeking to slow down traffic on approach roads to ports, including by placing obstacles on the Calais Port approach road. If this happens you should keep moving where it’s safe to do so, or stop and call 112 if isn’t safe to proceed (keeping car doors locked).

All vehicles, including motorbikes, driving in central Paris, Lyon and Grenoble now need to display a special ‘pollution sticker’. See Road travel

You should take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel. For information on the European Health Insurance Card see Health

If you’re abroad and you need emergency help from the UK government, contact the nearest British embassy, consulate or high commission.

The Overseas Business Risk service offers information and advice for British companies operating overseas on how to manage political, economic, and business security-related risks.

The emergency phone number in France is 112. If you need to contact other emergency services, call 15 (medical), 17 (police) or 18 (fire).