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What changes when lock down lifts on the 15th December 2020
From tomorrow, the current lock down will be relaxed, and attestation permission forms will not be required, however a nationwide curfew will be put in place covering the whole of mainland France from 8pm and 6am and everyone must stay at home between these hours.
There are only a few reasons to be out during curfew, and these are stricter than the rules for leaving home during lockdown. Shopping and exercise are not accepted reasons for being out (although dog owners can still take their pet out for a late-night walk).
People who are travelling to France and arrive at or after 8pm are allowed to travel onwards to their final destination, but should keep tickets handy in case of a police check.
The new forms will be available from tomorrow, using this link

Both international travel and travel to different regions of France will again be possible for non-essential reasons, so tourists and second home owners can again visit France, and people can travel to see relatives and friends in other parts of the country or other countries.

There are no restrictions on entering France if you are coming from within the EU, the Schengen zone or (until January 1st) the UK, but plenty of countries have restrictions in place for people arriving from France.

There are also some rules that remain in place


Cultural centres had been due to reopen on December 15th, but this has now been delayed in light of the health situation. These will now stay closed until at least January 7th.


There was never any intention to reopen these in time for Christmas and they stay closed until at least January 20th.

Ski resorts

Ski resorts also stay closed until January. Although it will be possible to travel to resorts in the Alps or Pyrenees, ski lifts and other infrastructure will remain closed, largely ruling out skiiing holidays.


The mask rules remain the same - masks are compulsory in all indoor public spaces in France, while many areas also have local rules in place mandating masks in the street and other outdoor public places as well - these include all of the big cities and around 400 smaller towns and communes.

The standard health recommendations remain in place, physical distancing, hand-washing and avoiding kissing or handshakes, particularly with people in high-risk groups such as the elderly.

Anyone caught breaking the rules still in place faces a €135 fine.

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