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Permission forms not needed for trips within 10km of home in lockdown areas, French government announces

After widespread criticism of 'confusing' permission forms for the 16 areas of France placed back on lockdown, the French government announced on Saturday afternoon that the 'attestation' would no longer be needed for trips out during the day, as long as you stay within 10km of home.

Permission forms not needed for trips within 10km of home in lockdown areas, French government announces
The attestation will not be needed for all trips out. Photo: Pascal Guyot/AFP

From Saturday, residents of 16 French départements were back under lockdown as case numbers rose, and Prime Minister Jean Castex had previously announced that residents of these départements would have to print or download the attestation permission form to go outside – as was the case during the first and second national lockdown.

A new form was published online on the Interior Ministry’s website on Saturday morning containing 15 reasons why people could leave their house either under lockdown or the nationwide 7pm to 6am curfew.

But the attestation came in for widespread criticism and even the Ministry of Interior spokesperson admitted it was “complex”.

On Saturday afternoon, the PM’s office then announced a new rule;

  • Attestations will be needed throughout the country for any trips out after curfew
  • But people in the 16 locked-down départements would not need one for trips out during the day as long as they stayed within 10 km of home.
  • Instead people should carry an official piece of ID with their address on or, if they do not have address ID, proof of address such as a utility bill.
  • The attestation will still be needed for people in lockdown zones if they are going more than 10km from home or travelling into another region (which is only allowed for essential journeys) 

The press release stated: “For these 16 departments during the day, the obligation to carry an attestation when going out will be abolished in certain situations: from today, for any journey within a 10 kilometre radius of one’s home between 6am and 7pm, it will no longer be compulsory to produce an attestation and therefore to justify the reason for the journey.

“In the event of a check, you will be asked to produce a simple proof of residence (eg an identity document). The attestation and justification of the reason for the journey will continue to be required for journeys of more than 10 kilometres (either within the department or for inter-regional journeys).”

The forms themselves will be simplified with separate forms for trips out after curfew and for daytime trips in lockdown zones.

The new forms will be available on the Interior Ministry website “within a few hours” the government added on Saturday.

READ MORE: ‘Attestations’, shop closures and 7pm curfew – what changes in France this weekend?

The 16 départements where lockdown is applicable are; Aisne, Nord, Oise, Pas-de-Calais, Somme, Paris, Seine-et-Marne, Yvelines, Essonne, Hauts-de-Seine, Seine-Saint-Denis,  Val-de-Marne, Val-d’Oise, Alpes-Maritimes, Eure, Seine-Maritime.

You can find the full list of lockdown rules HERE.

Member comments

  1. Not rocket science, is it?

    *Attestations will be needed throughout the country for any trips out after curfew

    *But people in the 16 locked-down départements would not need one for trips out during the day as long as they stayed within 10km of home.

    *Instead people should carry an official piece of ID with their address on or, if they do not have address ID, proof of address such as a utility bill.

    *The attestation will still be needed for people in lockdown zones if they are going more than 10km from home or travelling into another region (which is only allowed for essential journeys)

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Reader Question: Can I get a third Covid booster shot in France?

As France launches its autumn vaccine campaign, almost half of those eligible for the second booster jab in France have already received it. This has left some wondering whether they could qualify for a third booster, using the new dual-strain vaccines.

Reader Question: Can I get a third Covid booster shot in France?

Question: I’m in my 70s and I had my second booster back in the summer but now I see that the new dual-strain vaccines are available – should I be getting an extra booster with the new type of vaccine?

French health authorities launched the autumn booster campaign on October 3rd includes newly authorised dual-strain vaccines – such as the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine adapted to BA.1, the Moderna vaccine adapted to BA.1, and the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine adapted to BA.4/5 – which are designed to combat the Omicron variant.

It will be followed by the seasonal flu vaccination campaign in mid October.

READ MORE: When, where and how to get flu shots and Covid boosters this autumn in France

In France, about 6.3 million people have received a second booster dose, “or 41 percent of the eligible population,” said the Directorate General of Health (DGS) to Ouest France.

Currently only those in high risk groups are eligible for a second booster shot, including pregnant women, the elderly those with medical conditions or carers – find the full list here.

As almost half of the eligible population have already received a fourth vaccine, many are wondering whether they will be eligible for a fifth (or third booster) in order to access the new dual-strain vaccine.  

According to Virginie, a representative from HAS – France’s health authority – the organisation “no longer thinks in terms of doses for high-risk people and immunocompromised patients.”

Specifically, the HAS recommends that a new injection be given – and if possible one of the dual-strain vaccines – “regardless of the number of injections received up to now”.

READ MORE: EXPLAINED: Who qualifies for a second Covid vaccine booster in France?

However, French health authorities specified that the additional booster should “respect the minimum recommended time between two doses.”

“This depends based on your profile – for people aged 80 and over, residents of nursing homes or long-term care units (USLD) and those who are immunocompromised, the wait-time is three months between jabs. For the others, the delay is set at six months.”

For those who have already been infected by Covid-19, the HAS recommends that if you are eligible for a second (or third booster) that the additional dose “is still recommended, with a minimum delay of three months after infection.”

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