Per US EMBASSY PARIS : https://fr.usembassy.gov/covid-19-information/
Updated July 13, 2020
Click here for answers to frequently asked questions.
- France has confirmed cases of COVID-19 throughout the country. Since January 24, 2020, there have been 170,694 confirmed cases in France. There have been 29,979 confirmed deaths in hospitals and nursing homes.
- Flights to the U.S. are available via Delta Airlines, Air France, United Airlines, and American Airlines. U.S. citizens who live in the United States should arrange for immediate return home using available commercial flights or be prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period. The U.S. government does not anticipate arranging repatriation flights from France.
- The French Government has announced the next phase of de-confinement, which began June 15, 2020. Cafes, bars, and restaurants are fully open, as are schools and public transportation. Everyone is expected to practice social distancing (one meter), use cloth face coverings, and avoid large gatherings that may spread the virus. For details on work, transportation, and other details of daily life, click here.
- The French government differentiates color-coded geographic regions based on COVID-19 incidence. All of mainland France, including Paris, is in the green zone where most restrictions have been lifted.
- The CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies), especially in areas of significant community-based transmission. Watch this video to learn how to make your own face covering.
Entry and Exit Requirements:
- Restrictions entering France from outside the European Union (including the United States) remain in place. U.S. citizens may depart France to return to the United States at any time.
- Anyone transiting through France to reach the United States must have an attestation, available here, with the English version here. You do not need an endorsement from the Embassy for this attestation.
- Only direct transit to reach your country of residence is permitted. Transiting passengers may not leave the international zone and will not be admitted to France. Luggage must be checked through to your final destination. You will not be permitted to leave the international zone to collect and recheck baggage. The duration of transit must be less than 24 hours.
- As of June 15, French borders with other European Union member states are open. For more information regarding travel within the European Union, click here.
- Travelers arriving in France must self-isolate for 14 days if they have no symptoms. Anyone displaying symptoms could be subject to quarantine for up to 30 days.
Here are some helpful tips for anglophones currently overseas. Americans coming from Europe to the USA will be expected to self quarantine for two weeks per DHS. Please try to change your trips to visit Europe after this virus emergency is over. Thank you!
Updates on virus cases in GIRONDE (Bordeaux) http://www.gironde.gouv.fr/Actualites/Breves/Informations-coronavirus-
World Heath Association https://www.who.int
US Homeland Security https://www.dhs.gov/news/2020/03/11/homeland-security-acting-secretary-chad-f-wolf-s-statement-presidential-proclamation?fbclid=IwAR32rmk6DGQs1zozNiZrgAAhciuEhZkgDcdXppLJlLOI9jOH_RaAgRSdd-w
Be sure to register for travel updates with the local US Embassy – https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/traveladvisories.html/
Register with STEP traveler program for alerts https://step.state.gov/STEPMobile/Default.aspx
Check the CDC website for updates on the virus https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/
Contact the airline you are traveling with and be sure to give them correct contact information and get updated on their policies.
Monitor English-language French media at the following:
Canadian Embassy, Paris FRANCE / 130 Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, 75008 Paris / +33 (0)1 44 43 29 02 / https://www.canadainternational.gc.ca/france/consular_services_consulaires/contact-consular_contactez-consulaire.aspx?lang=fra
Australian Embassy, Paris FRANCE / 4 rue Jean Rey, 75015 Paris / +33140593300 / http://france.embassy.gov.au
Australian Smart Traveler Updates https://www.smartraveller.gov.au
New Zealand Embassy, 103 Rue de Grenelle / +33 (0)1 45 01 43 43 / https://www.mfat.govt.nz/fr/countries-and-regions/europe/france/new-zealand-embassy
Safe Travel New Zealand travel alerts https://www.safetravel.govt.nz
SPAIN – US Consulate Barcelona, Spain / Paseo Reina Elisenda de Montcada, 23 / +34 93 280 22 27
US Embassy Madrid, Spain / +34 915 87 22 00 / Calle de Serrano, 75 / https://es.usembassy.gov/embassy-consulates/madrid/
Avoid crowds, wash your hands with soap for at least twenty seconds and cough into your arm or a tissue. Washing your hands and not touching your face is most important. When possible, walk to avoid crowded public transport.
From American Airlines on 11th of March:
Issued: March 11, 2020
This notification is to advise that as a result of the presidential proclamation, the United States government imposed the following additional entry requirements that take effect March 13, 2020, after 11:59 p.m. ET.
· Any U.S. citizen or lawful U.S. permanent resident returning to the United States who has traveled to one of the Schengen Area countries within the previous 14 days must enter the United States through an approved airport. American Airlines customers will be rebooked, if necessary, to one of those approved airports by our Reservations and Airport teams.
· Foreign nationals who have traveled to one of the Schengen Area countries within the last 14 days will be denied permission to travel to the United States.
These entry requirements are in addition to those imposed by the presidential proclamation on March 2 and Jan. 31, which restricted entry to the U.S. from Iran and mainland China (excluding Hong Kong and Macau) respectively.
American continues to work closely with U.S. authorities to comply with these new orders while treating all of our customers with respect. American is committed to taking care of any affected customers by assisting them with rebooking options. Our team is proactively reaching out to customers who may be affected by these travel restrictions to ensure they are accommodated.
Important information for you and our mutual customers
When do these orders go into effect?
Which countries are part of the Schengen Area?
Twenty-six countries are part of the Schengen Area: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.
· The United Kingdom and Ireland are not part of the Schengen Area.
American currently serves seven airports in five countries within the Schengen Area, including France, Germany, Netherlands, Spain and Switzerland.
Which airports in the Schengen Area does American currently serve?
· Four flights: Paris(CDG) via Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW), Miami (MIA), New York City (JFK) and Philadelphia (PHL)
· Two flights: Frankfurt (FRA) via Charlotte (CLT) and DFW
· One flight: Munich (MUC) via CLT
· One flight: Amsterdam (AMS) via PHL
· Two flights: Barcelona (BCN) via MIA and JFK
· Four flights: Madrid (MAD) via DFW, MIA, JFK and PHL
· One flight: Zurich (ZRH) via PHL
Is Italy one of the five countries that American serves?
Yes. However, American previously announced that it suspended service to Italy. Additional details are available on Saleslink.aa.com > Reduction/Suspension of Service.
Does American serve other destinations in Europe?
Yes, American has seasonal service to six other countries in Europe, but that service has not commenced yet.
· The United Kingdom and Ireland are not part of the Schengen Area.
What can our mutual customer expect when flying American?
Prior to boarding an American Airlines flight departing to the United States, all customers will be asked if they have visited a country within the Schengen Area, Iran or mainland China (excluding Hong Kong and Macau) within the last 14 days. If a customer traveled to a country within the Schengen Area, Iran or mainland China (excluding Hong Kong and Macau) within the previous 14 days and is authorized to travel, they must enter the United States through an approved airport.
Foreign nationals who have visited a country within the Schengen Area, Iran or mainland China (excluding Hong Kong and Macau) within the last 14 days will be denied permission to travel to the United States.
What airports are approved entry points for customers entering the United States if the customer has visited a country within the Schengen Area, Iran or mainland China (excluding Hong Kong and Macau) within the last 14 days? ATL, DFW, DTW, EWR, HNL, JFK, LAX, ORD, SEA, SFO, IAD
· Atlanta: Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL)
· Dallas-Fort Worth: Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (DFW)
· Detroit: Detroit Metropolitan Airport (DTW)
· Newark, New Jersey: Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR)
· Honolulu: Daniel K. Inouye International Airport (HNL)
· New York City: John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK)
· Los Angeles: Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)
· Chicago: Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD)
· Seattle: Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA)
· San Francisco: San Francisco International Airport (SFO)
· Washington, D.C.: Washington-Dulles International Airport (IAD)
What if a customer is authorized to travel, but is scheduled to arrive at a non-approved airport?
If a customer traveled to a Schengen area country, Iran or mainland China (excluding Hong Kong and Macau) within the previous 14 days and is authorized to travel, but is scheduled to arrive at a non-approved airport, American will help reroute the customer to one of the approved airports
Should customers arrive at international airports early?
We encourage customers departing for the United States to arrive at the airport three hours early as we expect this additional screening will lengthen the check-in process.
Who should customers contact if they need help changing their travel plans as a result of the travel restriction?
Customers should contact their original booking provider.