Paris a safe city to discover day & night
Paris travel warnings : Like in every big city in the world, you need to make be careful. However, Paris is statistically one of the safest major metropolitan areas in Europe. Just follow these basic Paris safety tips. In addition, the COVID 19 forces us to change our lifestyles, worldwide.
2021 : The vaccination strategy, adopted by the Minister of Solidarity and Health, aims to determine priority people for vaccination, depending on public health issues and the gradual arrival of vaccine doses. A curfew is currently in effect from Saturday January 16th from 6 p.m. (instead of 8 p.m.) to 6 a.m. Cultural establishments (museums, theaters, cinemas, etc.), restaurants, bars, sport hall remain closed until the end of January at least. Shops are open to 6 p.m. under strict sanitary protocol. Frontiers are closed. We might go to a third lockdown.
The next deadlines :
- If the health objectives are reached: Cinemas, theaters, museums, etc. may reopen under strict health protocols.
- If the health objectives are reached: Restaurants and sports halls may reopen;
Not wearing a mask or not respecting curfew – offenders are liable to a fine of 135 euros.
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COVID-19 Paris Travel Warnings
FIRST LOCKDOWN March 16th 2020 :
The President of the French Republic Emmanuel Macron has announced strict rules to fight the spread of the virus and save lives. For at least 2 weeks, outings are authorized with certificate and only for work, if there is no possibility of teleworking, only for our health appointments or for groceries.Paris the City of Lights has closed down museums, restaurants, cafes, cinemas… to fight the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. Markets and food shops, pharmacies, gas stations, banks, certain stores will remain open. In agreement with all the bishops of Ile-de-France, the Sunday masses in the presence of the faithful will be suspended for a time yet to be defined. Churches will remain open to the prayers of Christians. Paris Travel Warnings – No traveling within Europe and abroad are authorized. Frontiers are closed.
April 13th, Emmanuel Macron, President of the French Republic announced progressive deconfinement from May 11th. Nurseries and school will reopen gradually. However, restaurants, hotels and concert halls will remain closed. In addition, we will be able to test anyone with symptoms and a mask will be distributed to all.
President Macron also announced that during this period aid to businesses will be extended and reinforced. For the most vulnerable, Emmanuel Macron also announced “exceptional assistance” to families with children, as well as to students far from their families. He also said that France and Europe will have to help Africa to fight against the coronavirus by “massively canceling its debt”.
- To you, who save lives every day
- To you, who go to work to allow life to go on
- To you, who stay at home to limit the spread of the virus
Thank you ! Merci !
LIFE AFTER LOCKDOWN STEP 1 & 2 : Thursday May 28th, the government announced phase 2 of the May 11th deconfinement plan, in an encouraging health context. Paris is no longer a “red” coronavirus danger zone, the risks posed by the virus moving down a notch to “orange”, according to France’s prime minister, Edouard Philippe. Paris and the Ile de France go from a red to orange alert level. The Respect for barrier gestures MUST therefore remain rigorous, and teleworking privileged. Regarding traveling within France, you shall respect the Paris travel warnings listed on this page and do not hesitate to contact us for more information.
Viruses can generally be stopped from spreading when people maintain a distance of at least one metre between themselves and others. Social distancing is a strategy that includes avoiding – as much as possible – crowded places, meeting places, or close contact with groups or other people.
- The capital’s parks and gardens will be reopened this weekend May 30th.
- The Bois de Vincennes and the Bois de Boulogne are accessible from May 11, as are the waterways, the lawns of the Esplanade des Invalides and the Champ-de-Mars. However, gatherings of more than 10 people are prohibited.
- Meetings of more than 10 people are prohibited.
- The terraces of Parisian cafes, bars and restaurants will be able to reopen June 2, with a limit of 10 people per table, and a spacing of 1 meter between tables
- Hotels will be able to reopen June 2 according to the code of good conduct which becomes the deconfinement protocol common to the entire Hôtel Cafés Restaurants (HCR) profession
- On June 2, the ban on traveling beyond 100 km will end
- The colleges will reopen next week, and will give priority to pupils in grades 6 and 5
- The limit for groups of more than 10 people in public space is maintained
- Gymnasiums, swimming pools, sports halls, performance halls, theaters and cinemas may reopen June 22
- Transportations such as subway, bus, train are running within strict rules such as wearing a mask.
Subway, bus, train perform daily disinfectant cleaning of their vehicles and spaces with virucidal products active against Covid 19.
The reopening of museums, monuments and exhibition spaces is possible from end of May, 2020. The Center des Monuments Nationaux is working on a gradual reopening of its sites between early June and mid-July. In the deconfinement plan announced by Prime Minister of France Édouard Philippe on Thursday May 28th, the “small” museums are authorized to reopen from Monday June 1st.
- Musée de Montmartre : May 30
- Palace of Versailles : June 6
- Musée d’art et d’histoire du Judaïsme : June 6
- Musée du quai Branly – Jacques Chirac : June 9
- Musée national de Port-Royal des Champs : June 15
- Etablissement public du Palais de la Porte dorée : June 16
- Musée Bourdelle : June 16
- Musée de Libération de Paris-musée du général Leclerc-musée Jean Moulin : June 16
- Musée de la Vie romantique : June 16
- Maison de Balzac : June 16
- Musée Cernuschi : June 16
- Musée des arts de l’Asie : June 16
- Les Catacombes de Paris : June 16
- Cité de l’architecture et du patrimoine : June 17
- Musée Nissim de Camondo : June 17
- Musée national Eugène Delacroix : June 22
- Musée de l’Orangerie : June 22
- Musée d’Orsay : June 23
- Musée Gustave Moreau : 3rd week of June
- Musée national de la Céramique de Sèvres : 3rd week of June
- Musée de Cluny-musée national du Moyen-Age : 3rd week of June
- Musée des Arts Décoratifs : June 23 for temporary exhibitions
- Palais de la Découverte : June 23
- Eiffel Tower : June 25
- Cité des sciences et de l’industrie : June 27
- Grand Palais : July 1st
- Centre Pompidou : July 1st
- Musée national de la Renaissance d’Ecouen : July 1st
- Musée du Louvre : July 6
- Musée Rodin : July
- Musée Guimet : July 8
- Cinémathèque française : July 15
- Musée Picasso : 3rd week of July
To visit churches and holy places, please respect carefully Paris travel warnings and strict rules.
- Go there with a mask
- Respect physical distancing in the church itself
- Use of hydroalcoholic gel that should at your disposal at the entrance
- Make reservation online for mass’participation…
JUNE 14TH AFTER LOCKDOWN – STEP 3 : The President of the Republic Emmanuel Macron spoke to the French Sunday June 14TH in the evening on television. Travel will be authorized from June 15 between European countries and from July 1 for countries outside Europe. However, rules and instructions are specific to each country.
100% of TGVs should run by July. Airport may reopen on June 26. The return to normal will take place in several stages. Special restrictions (pre-test, fortnight…) and rules may be imposed.
Paris and Île-de-France have moved on to phase 3 of deconfinement since Monday, June 15, following announcements by the President of the Republic. Restaurants can now open inside and outside their establishments since Monday, June 15. However, the following remain closed:
- Cinemas (reopening scheduled for Monday, June 22)
- Concert halls (concerts, theater, dance, opera, cabarets, nightclubs)
- Certain indoor sports centers, and swimming pools
The City of Paris has reopened its day nursery and primary schools. 108 of the 114 colleges in Paris reopened on June 2. Visits to nursing homes have been possible since April 22 under strict rules to protect the most fragile.
COVID-19 Paris Travel Warnings : Gathering of more than 10 people, whether public or private sphere, is prohibited
The City of Paris sets up nearly 2,000 distribution points for hydroalcoholic products in the streets of Paris and delivered 2.2 million masks to Parisians.
On Tuesday, August 4, the mayor of Paris Anne Hidalgo asked the city’s police prefect, Didier Lallement, for authorization to make the mask mandatory in certain busy areas of the capital. Among the areas concerned, the quays of the Seine, parks and gardens, shopping streets and open markets, you will have to wear a mask. Places where tourists and Parisians line up outdoors should also be included in the list of areas where masks are mandatory.
September 1st 2020 : Because the situation has been deteriorated in Paris and Île-de-France since the deconfinement of May 11, public authorities take new rules to limit the spread of the virus. The police prefect, in agreement with the City of Paris, decided on Friday August 28 to generalize the obligation to wear a mask to the entire Parisian territory. In addition, new protocols apply for the start of the school year, with the wearing of a mask compulsory from middle school and for all staff in schools from kindergarten to high school.
- Performance halls with more than 1,500 people (concerts, theater, dance, opera, cabarets, etc.)
- The stadiums can accommodate spectators but within the limit of 5,000 people
- Gatherings of more than 5,000 people continue to be banned until October 30
- No gathering of more than 10 people in public space or in a place open to the public (excluding funerals)
Restaurants, bars and cafes, which were able to reopen or create their terraces from June 2, can fully reopen their doors, inside and outside their establishments, since Monday, June 15. The extension or creation of a terrace is extended until June 2021, within the framework of rules respect.
Curfew from Saturday, October 17 for a minimum of 4 weeks :
The curfew begins on Saturday, October 17 for a minimum of 4 weeks. The curfew is in place in Paris and Ile-de-France, from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m., to stem the Covid-19 epidemic. Update on all the measures in force.
The health situation deteriorated in Paris and Île-de-France, forcing the public authorities (Paris police headquarters, ARS, City of Paris and Rectorate of Île-de-France) to take new measures to limit the spread of the virus. In addition to the compulsory wearing of a mask in public spaces and at school, other measures have been taken, while Paris and the departments of the inner suburbs are now in “maximum alert zone”.
- The bars are closed from Tuesday morning October 6
- Take-away sales and the consumption of alcohol on public roads are prohibited from 9 p.m.
- The broadcasting of amplified music on public roads or audible from public roads is prohibited from 9 p.m.
- Student nights and all festive or family gatherings taking place in establishments open to the public are prohibited.
- Wedding ceremonies can take place in town halls or in places of worship, but wedding celebrations are not allowed.
- Game clubs, dance halls and game rooms closed to the public.
- Closure of fairs and exhibitions and events held in large tents (circus performances under a big top, various events, etc.)
- The closure of sports and fitness clubs is maintained
- Gyms, multipurpose rooms and swimming pools are now closed for all types of activities except for the reception of minors under 18, regardless of the setting, school, association or private.
- Outdoor sports facilities may remain open on condition that a maximum of 1000 people is gathered or 50% of their maximum capacity if it is less than this figure.
Restaurants (establishments that sell meals as their main activity) can remain open while respecting the curfew hours and subject to strict compliance with the new health protocol.
Establishments open to the public, such as museums, theaters, cinemas, concert halls, are open and can accommodate up to a maximum of 1,000 customers at the same time, in compliance with barrier gestures and curfew instructions.
The number of people who may cross paths in shopping centers and department stores (a maximum of 1 customer for 4m²) must be strictly regulated.
BREAKING NEWS COVID-19 Paris Travel Warnings October 28th 2020 :
Due the second wave hit of COVID19, France is under lockdown from next Friday for the second time until December 1st. “The virus is circulating in France at a speed that even the most pessimistic forecasts had not been anticipated,” said Emmanuel Macron.Indeed, Europe is hit very hard for the second wave. We try to save as much as we can LIFE and preserve the economy. Macron assured: “The economy must neither stop nor collapse”. He detailed: “The activity will continue with more intensity, which means that the counters of public services will remain open, factories, farms, buildings works will continue to operate.” Borderland are closed.
November 27th, 2020 :
A gradual reduction in lockdown is being implemented nationwide from Saturday, November 28. It should take place in 3 stages and will be conditioned by the evolution of the health situation. Among the main announcements: the reopening of all businesses and the end of the one kilometer limitation.
From Saturday November 28 morning:
- walking and physical activities outdoors are authorized within a radius of 20 km from home and for a period of 3 hours;
- shops and home services can reopen until 9 p.m. with a strict health protocol;
- extra-curricular outdoor activities are authorized;
- religious services are again permitted up to a limit of 30 people.
From Tuesday, December 15 and if the health objectives are reached:
- authorization of extra-curricular activities indoors;
- opening of cinemas, theaters and museums within the framework of strict health protocols
From Wednesday January 20, 2021 and if the health objectives are reached:
- restaurants and sports halls reopen;
- Classes can be fully resumed face-to-face in high school, then 15 days later in universities.
Travel from one region to another is still prohibited. A travel certificate is required for any exit from home. Public transport continues to operate. Places of worship remain open to the public but religious gatherings (masses, baptisms) are prohibited (except funerals and weddings). The Parisian parks and gardens remain open for the duration of the lockdown at the usual times.
December 11th, 2020
From December 15, there will be a curfew from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. Establishments open to the public (museums, theaters, cinemas, etc) will remain closed for at least 3 additional weeks. Restaurants and cafes will remain closed as planned until January 20, 2021;
All gatherings in public places and travel are prohibited, with some exceptions:
- to get to work if teleworking is not possible,
- to get to a medical appointment,
- to go to a public service and carry out a process that cannot be done remotely,
- to accompany or pick up children from nursery or school,
- to assist a loved one, family, relatives
- to go shopping, markets, groceries
- for walking and outdoor physical activities within a radius of 20 km and for a maximum of 3 hours,
- for a judicial or administrative summons,
- for participation in missions of general interest or volunteering,
- to take his exams,
- for removals, but only by professionals
The vaccination strategy put in place should enable us to meet three public health objectives:
- Reduce mortality and severe forms of the disease
- Protect caregivers and the healthcare system
- Ensuring vaccine and immunization safety
It is based on 3 principles:
- Not required
- High security
Prioritization of audiences
On November 30, the French National Authority for Health (HAS) issued recommendations to establish the vaccination strategy. It thus identifies five phases of vaccination, according to the types of public:
- Phases 1, 2 and 3 will allow the vaccination of all people at risk of severe disease, with the aim of reducing hospitalizations and deaths, as well as people highly exposed to the virus.
- Phases 4 and 5 will allow vaccination to be widely opened to those over 18
A curfew is currently in effect from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. Cultural establishments (museums, theaters, cinemas, etc.) remain closed until the end of January at least. If the health objectives are reached, cinemas, theaters, museums, etc. may reopen under strict sanitary protocol. Restaurants and sports halls may reopen as well.
All schools, nursery schools, primary, middle and high schools remain open, with the implementation of a reinforced sanitary protocol. Extracurricular activities also continue.
All shops are open until 6 p.m. with a strict sanitary protocol, with the exception of bars and restaurants (except for take-out).
Religious services are permitted. Places of worship can accommodate worshipers with a rule of one in three and every other row.
We might go to a third curfew in February 2021.
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Simple gestures should be adopted which limit the risk of contagion:
- Wear a mask when you go outside
- Wash your hands regularly with a hydroalcoholic gel
- Keep “social distancing” – including staying indoors and keeping at least one metre away from others
- Use single-use tissues
- Cough and sneeze into his elbow
- Avoid handshakes and hugs
Hygiene rules at home
- Respect the distance of one meter, even at home
- Regularly clean the surfaces affected by all family members with washing solutions
- Air regularly
- And wash your hands regularly
Do not do self medication – If you have difficulty breathing, call immediately the 15 for France
I have the signs of COVID-19 disease
- I get tested, I isolate myself and I respect barrier gestures
- I list the people I could have infected
- If my test is positive, I monitor my health and I remain isolated
Do Support the most vulnerable and needy by making a donation or by volunteering
- Think about professional and personal projects for the future
- Allow yourself time for relaxing and doing things that make you happy
- Keep positive thoughts about the situation and don’t fall into fear or anxiety
- WE WILL SURVIVE !
Paris travel warnings in addition to our services
In addition to our permanent assistance 24/7 and in case of emergency, there are below insights of how to behave as a traveler in Paris. Ask for our custom made services if you want to be cosseted.
The Police Force is highly-effective in making Paris a safe place. Be careful, there are a lot of scammers and con-artists trying to take advantage of tourists, around major landmarks in Paris. They are trying to sell you a portrait or items. Be aware of fake petitions by groups of teenagers or trying to distract you; and people offering help with your luggage. As a top touristic destination, there is a high pickpocket risk in Paris. A few simple precautions will minimize your chances of being pickpocketed. You can touring, walking around in safety, day and night. You can wander in almost every district with a very low risk of mugging. Paris, a secure city to be around, day & night, is welcoming over 30 million tourists every year.
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- Emergency Ambulance Service (SAMU) 15
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Paris travel warnings list
- Do not leave your luggages unattended in transport
- Remember to photocopy your identity papers and leave them at your hotel
- Do not handle bundles of money in public
- Take a minimum of cash with you
- Do not store your wallet, phone in an outside pocket
- Prefer a bag worn over the shoulder
- Do not put your wallet, phone on a coffee or restaurant table
- Be careful with some cabarets, especially in Pigalle, where you will be imposed unwanted females presence and to consume drinks at very high prices
- Prefer institutions that do not reach customers in the street and display their prices outside & inside the room
- All prices must be displayed inclusive of VAT
- Buy your tickets (show, transport, …) from professional resellers
- Beware of fake petitions where you are asked for money
Paris Travel Warnings Just in case of …
- For urgent consultations in English
Many practitioners at the American Hospital, the Institut Franco-Britannique and the Hôpital Foch are perfectly bilingual. It is also possible to contact SOS Médecins France on +33 (0) 1 47 07 77 77: operators will direct you, when possible, to an English-speaking doctor.
- Urgences Médico-Judiciaires (Medical-Judicial Emergencies)
Open 7/7, 24 hours a day
1, place du Parvis Notre-Dame – 75004 Paris
Métro Cité – ligne 4, or Saint-Michel Notre-Dame – RER B
Telephone +33 1 42 34 82 85/29
- Paris Aide aux Victimes (doctor, counseling, lawyer)
Antenne Sud from 9 am to 5 pm only with appointment
From Monday to Friday Telephone : +33 1 45 88 18 00
12-14 rue Charles Fourier 75013 Paris, Métro Tolbiac – ligne 7
- Paris Aide aux Victimes (doctor, counseling, lawyer)
Antenne Nord from 9:30 am to 5:30 pm only with appointment
From Monday to Friday – Telephone : +33 1 53 06 83 50
22 rue Jacques Kellner 75017 Paris, Métro Porte de Saint Ouen – ligne 13
- 1 central police office for each arrondissement/district open 7/7, 24 hours a day
The mission of the “Préfecture de Police” is to maintain law and order, to enforce traffic regulations, supervise Paris taxis, and to ensure the security of the general public and their property.
Each “commissariat” or police station is responsible for the security of their arrondissement. Victims of a break-in or an attack, police headquarters are at your disposal 24hrs a day, 7 days a week to provide assistance. Local police units open from Monday to Friday, 9am to 8pm are responsible for community policing.
Information about staying safe in Paris are good to know just in case of. Enjoy your trip anyhow !
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