France to automatically extend visas and residency cards due to coronavirus outbreak

With very little normal business being transacted in France, many foreigners will be worried about renewing their visas.

France to automatically extend visas and residency cards due to coronavirus outbreak

However due to the situation, authorities have announced that all current visas and titres de séjour residency permits will be extended by three months.

With the country on lockdown and everyone ordered to stay at home apart from essential trips out, visits to préfectures to renew residency papers will not be possible.

But for those whose visa or carte de séjour is about to run out, there is a breathing space of three months.

This extension applies to

  • Long stay visas
  • Titres de séjour
  • Requests for asylum
  • Reciepts for requests for a carte de séjour.

These apply to all people who are already in the country and already within the visa/ titres de séjour system.

It does not apply to British people living here, who have a slightly different process to apply for a carte de séjour – they apply online via a special website, which is not set to go live until July.

The notice was issued by the Préfecture de Police, which deals with residency matters for people living in Paris, but also applies to local préfectures across France who deal with residency applications.


The police préfecture tweeted: “In order to secure the presence in France of legally resident foreigners, the period of validity of residence permits currently in circulation has been extended by three months from this Monday, March 16th.”

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French public urged to wear face masks again on public transport

With France in the middle of a new wave of Covid-19, the country's health minister has urged the public to once again wear face masks on public transport and in crowded spaces.

French public urged to wear face masks again on public transport

With cases on the rise again, French Health Minister Brigitte Bourguignon said she is “[asking] the French to put masks back on in transport” in an interview with RTL on Monday, 

For the time being, however, she stressed it was just advice, rather than an obligation, and masks have in fact been recommended on public transport since the legal requirement to wear them was lifted in May. 

However with France reporting over 50,000 daily cases of Covid-19 the government is clearly concerned by the current wave of the pandemic.

Bourguignon said that “we must protect ourselves and protect others,” adding that wearing a mask is “a civic gesture.”

She urged people to don their masks as soon as they see a crowded train or station.

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In addition to public transport, Bourguignon is also asking the French to once again mask-up in “all crowded, enclosed areas.”

Currently, masks are only required in hospitals, health centres and places that have vulnerable residents such as nursing homes. They are recommended in crowded spaces where it is impossible to practice social distancing.