How France’s curfew rules will work this summer

France has been under a strict night-time curfew since December 2020 and although the country is now gradually reopening, curfew restrictions remain. Here's what you need to know if you intend to be in France this summer.

How France's curfew rules will work this summer
Police check of permission forms for post-curfew travel. Photo: Philippe Lopez/AFP

Like the rest of the reopening plan, there is a phased relaxation of the curfew, with several key dates to look out for.

IN DETAIL: France’s calendar for reopening from lockdown

May 19th – curfew moves from 7pm to 9pm, so restrictions on movements will be in place from 9pm to 6am.

The later phases of France’s reopening are dependent on the health situation, but if things go to plan the following will happen:

June 9th – curfew moves back again to 11pm-6am.

June 30th – curfew is scrapped altogether.

Bars, restaurants, cafés, shops and other public spaces are naturally obliged to abide by the curfew, so will close at or shortly before the curfew time in place.

For private individuals, being out after curfew time is basically banned so you need to make sure you are indoors by curfew time.


There are some accepted reasons for being out, however. They are:

  • Work, teaching and training – travel between home and work or place of education.
  • Doctors’ appointments and treatments – travel to the doctors of for treatment “which cannot be done remotely”.
  • Urgent family reasons such as caring for a vulnerable or infirm relative or for childcare (family visits are not included in this category)
  • Disabilities – Travel for those with disabilities or their carers
  • Service of “general interest” – travel for services of general interest at the request of the authorities.
  • Transport (for example journeys by train or plane – you will need to show a ticket as a reason to break curfew)
  • To answer an official legal summons or take part in an official administrative process 
  • Walking the dog within a maximum radius of one kilometre from home.

Victims of domestic violence can also leave their homes if they don’t feel safe. There is also a hotline – 3919 – that people can call for help, in addition to the police emergency number 17.

If you are out after curfew time, you will need an attestation (permission form) stating your reasons for being out. You can find the form HERE, or on the Covid-tracker app TousAntiCovid.


So what’s the situation if you are travelling?

The curfew rules do have an exception for travel – but only certain types. If you are travelling by public transport – train, bus, plane – and it arrives after curfew time then that is allowed and you are fine to travel onwards to your final destination from the station/airport.

However you will need an attestation and you will also need to keep your tickets in case of a police check.

If you are travelling by car then there is no curfew exemption and you will have to either time your journey to arrive before curfew, or stop off overnight and complete your journey in the morning.

Public transport services such as city buses and the Paris Metro do run after curfew times, but with a limited service so except to wait longer for a bus or train.

Overnight stays

The curfew rules say only that you cannot be outdoors after curfew time, so there is nothing to stop you staying over at a friend or family member’s house, or booking into a hotel for the night.


People caught outside after curfew without a form, or people outside for any other than the permitted reasons, face a fine.

The fine is €135 for the first offence, €200 for a second offence and rising to a maximum of €3,750 and a six month jail term for three offences within 30 days.

READ ALSO Frenchman jailed for repeatedly breaking curfew

Member comments

  1. They started vaccination slow, they open up slow. I wonder how long the goverment is able to inforce stupid rules like ‘not allowed to drive your car from A to B during the night’ even when you are vaccinated, before people get fed up being treated like toddlers. Not allowed to think for yourself! Scare mongering at this stage as the old and vunerable are no longer at risk, and if they are they are well aware how to prevent infection.

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Paxlovid and vaccines: The latest Covid advice from the French government

The French health minister outlined on Friday the government recommendations amid the "tripledemic" of Covid-19, influenza, and bronchiolitis that has hit the country in recent weeks.

Paxlovid and vaccines: The latest Covid advice from the French government

French Health Minister François Braun held a press conference with other public health officials on Friday to provide the public with the government’s latest public health advice.

Earlier in the day, the French health minister said on BFMTV that fourth doses of the Covid-19 vaccine were available to all groups. Previously, only at-risk populations were eligible.

READ MORE: Can anybody in France now get the latest Covid booster vaccine?

Here is what the public health officials said:

The situation

Health Minister Braun began the press conference by reminding the public that France is facing a “triple epidemic,” as the nine Covid-19 wave occurs alongside seasonal illnesses of influenza and bronchiolitis. Specifically, the health minister said that hospital emergency room visits and hospitalisations for the flu had doubled in the last week.

Therefore Braun called for voluntary acts of “solidarity” to prevent a rise in cases and serious infections, particularly of Covid-19, during the end-of-year festivities. 

According to Braun, France counted more than 100,000 new Covid-19 contaminations in recent days, with more than 1,000 patients being treated in critical care services.

Wearing a mask

The public officials reminded the public that wearing a mask is an “act of solidarity.” While the mask is not required, it is highly recommended, particularly in “crowded and enclosed areas,” such as public transportation.

Minister Braun encouraged wearing a mask when travelling to Christmas holiday celebrations this year.

“You do not know if the person next to you is immune-compromised,” said COVARS head Brigitte Autran, recommending that people wear masks while travelling.

Braun also mentioned that in nursing homes and care centres, masks could become required, at the behest of the establishment’s management.

Getting vaccinated against both influenza and Covid-19

The minister of health noted that the level of vaccination in France against influenza was “five percent lower this year” when compared with 2021, making the population more vulnerable. Additionally, the minister expressed concern over the rate of vaccination against Covid-19 (second boosters) in nursing homes and care centres to be “too low,” with rates around “21 and 23 percent for the over 80s.”

Braun reiterated that all groups in France are now eligible for a second booster against Covid-19. The minister said he was “appealing to individual and collective responsibility” in encouraging people to get both the Covid-19 and flu vaccines prior to spending the Christmas holidays with family members.

The minister said that all groups in France should be eligible to receive both vaccines at the same time – one in each arm. 

READ MORE: Flu vaccine opens to all adults in France: What you need to know

Access to Paxlovid

Brigitte Autran said that the treatment drug, Paxlovid, is very effective against the BQ1.1 Covid-19 variant, which is circulating around France currently. She explained that groups at-risk of developping severe forms of Covid-19, or those whose immune systems did not generate responses to the vaccines, would be eligible for prescriptions from their primary care doctors for Paxlovid.

A prescription can be created for a three month period, without the patient needing to be sick with Covid-19 already. Once such a patient tests positive, they can use the existing prescription to access Paxlovid.

Protecting children and babies against bronchiolitis

Romain Basmaci, a pediatrician and professor of medicine, issued several recommendations. He advised that parents wipe down children’s toys and avoid sharing toys between two children. He also recommended that if a parent becomes sick, they should begin wearing a mask and decreasing physical contact with their young child to better protect them.

He added that keeping children’s noses clean and clear is a good practice to protect them while sick, even though there are no specific treatments for bronchiolitis. Additionally, he said that if your child is struggling to eat, smaller quantities rather than full meals may be a helpful way to ensure they remain well-nourished.