GOVERNMENT REGULATIONS AND IMPACT ON MOBILITY
France has announced a state of confinement and a 15-day lockdown, which means all schools, offices, stores, businesses, restaurants, cafes are to be closed and where possible work from home to be implemented. Self-quarantine is mandatory.
All essential services including hospitals, pharmacies, gas stations and grocery stores would remain open.
Regional travel within France would be slowly reduced by allowing fewer trains and flights.
French borders and Europe’s borders will be temporarily closed and the Schengen agreement will be suspended for at least 30 days, starting Tuesday March 17th at midday.
All French administration dealing with immigration formalities (prefecture and DIRECCTE) will be also closed and all appointments scheduled in the next 2 weeks (at least) will NOT be maintained.
The Government has announced that , in order to safeguard the presence of foreign workers in the French territory, and to avoid bringing their fundamental rights into question, especially their residency card and social security benefits, the validity of their documents will be automatically extended for 3 months starting from 16th of March.
The above rule will apply to those having:
This will not be applicable to holders of French immigration documents being out of France. Therefore, if French immigration document has expired and the holder is out of France, in order to re-enter the country, a return visa application should be submitted with the French consulate.
NB: It is advised that those with expired residence permits benefitting from the above rule made by the government, should not travel outside of the French territory, as they would have difficulty re-entering the French territory.
It is not possible for the time being to anticipate and book new appointments with the prefectures/consulates, we will have to wait and see how the virus situation will progress and the solutions the authorities will put in place.
We do anticipate important delays on the processing of all immigration applications.