The state of health emergency in France is official

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Article 3 of Decree No. 2020-293 of 23 March 2020 prescribing the general measures necessary to deal with the covid-19 epidemic within the framework of :

I. – Until 31 March 2020, any movement of persons outside their homes is prohibited except for travel for the following reasons, avoiding any gathering of people :

1° Journeys between the home and the place(s) where the professional activity is carried out and professional journeys that cannot be postponed ;

2° Trips to make purchases of supplies necessary for the professional activity and purchases of basic necessities in establishments whose activities remain authorized by Article 8 of this decree;

3° Travel for health reasons, with the exception of consultations and care that can be provided at a distance and, except for patients suffering from a long-term illness, those that can be postponed;

4° Travel for compelling family reasons, for the assistance of vulnerable persons and for the care of children;

5° Short journeys, within the limit of one hour per day and within a maximum radius of one kilometre around the home, related either to the individual physical activity of the persons, excluding any collective sporting practice and any proximity with other persons, or to walking with only the persons grouped together in the same home, or for the needs of pets;

6° Travel resulting from an obligation to report to the national police or gendarmerie services or to any other service or professional, imposed by the administrative police authority or the judicial authority ;

7° Travel resulting from a summons issued by an administrative court or judicial authority;

8° Travel for the sole purpose of participating in missions of general interest at the request of the administrative authority and under the conditions it specifies.

An identity document and a dated and signed authorization are required. Prime Minister Edouard Philippe advises that the exit time should be written on the document.

These restrictions are valid in metropolitan France and in all overseas departments and territories.

Article 5 of the same decree: Travel between metropolitan France and the DROM-COMs is suspended until 15 April 2020 unless justified by :

  • compelling reasons of a personal or family nature;
  • health reasons related to an emergency;
  • professional reasons that cannot be postponed.

Persons wishing to benefit from one of these exceptions must present to the air carrier at the time of boarding one or more documents justifying the reason for the journey accompanied by a declaration on honour of that reason.