France Travel Information
France is currently in a state of emergency due to
covid-19, and the authorities have put in place strict
guidelines for citizens' freedom of movement as long as
the virus is a threat to public health.
France is currently in a state of emergency due to
French authorities have introduced strict guidelines
for citizens' freedom of movement as long as covid-19 is
a threat to public health. Currently, these apply
until a new message is given.
In general, the guidelines are as follows:
- People have to stay indoors
- It is only possible to go out once a day to shop
for food and/or go for a walk
- The exception is if you are going to work, (if
it is not possible with a home office) and if you
are going to ventilate the dog.
- It is only possible to be out one hour per day
- It is only possible to move within 15 minutes
from your own residence
- When you are out, you are obliged to bring
"self-notification", as well as approved
- The distance to other people must be at least
- See also the link to the regulations.
It is recommended to keep up with local news and, if
necessary, adhere to local authority instructions. When
traveling and staying abroad, registration is generally
recommended via http://www.reiseregistrering.no/.
Norwegian citizens in France should also exercise
great caution, especially in metropolitan cities and
especially in Paris. Take special care of your passport,
money and mobile phone. When using an ATM, you should
take common precautions such as hiding the code,
depositing cash quickly, etc.
- Countryaah: Paris is the capital
of France. Check to find information of population, geography, history,
and economy about the capital city.
There is a risk of being attacked by terrorist
attacks in most places in the world. Luggage of any kind
should therefore never be left unattended in public
places as this may raise suspicion that it contains
The French road network is consistently high quality
and the car park is mainly modern. However, the traffic
picture is characterized by significantly higher speeds,
greater car density, more accidents and a more
aggressive driving pattern than the Norwegian one, and
it is advised to pay extra attention both as a motorist
and as a pedestrian.
Here you will find more information about the
security situation in France (in French).
Overview of English-language French media.
Important telephone numbers
- Free emergency number: 112 (applies throughout
Europe - without area code, also from Norwegian
- Ambulance (Samu): 15 (without area code, also
from Norwegian mobile)
- Fire/Accidents (Pompiers): 18 (without area
code, also from Norwegian mobile)
- Police: 17 (without area code, also from
- Move information: Charles de Gaulle airport/Orly
- SOS International (Norwegian Security Insurance
Agency), tel.: + 45 70 10 50 50 (Denmark)
Seamen's Church (Norwegian Church Abroad) has
developed an app, "Emergency Number", which is
recommended. The app, which is in Norwegian and free,
contains useful information if you need urgent help
abroad. It can be downloaded via various platforms
(Windows, Android and Apple iOS), and will at all times
provide the correct emergency numbers in the country you
are located in, as well as travel insurance links,
reiseregistrering.no and the address and telephone
number of Norwegian embassies and UD's emergency number.
You should register at http://www.reiseregistrering.no/.
This will make it easier for the Foreign Service to
contact you in case something serious should happen
where you are.
Large parts of southern France and Corsica are often
affected by drought and forest fires during the summer
months. The county governor (le Pr¨¦fet) in these areas
publishes current rules for preventing forest fires on
the internet, which may also include traffic on parts of
the road network during exposed periods. It is
recommended to consult this information when traveling
in the summer. The areas along the major rivers (Loire,
Rhone) can be hit by floods and floods, especially at
high rainfall. In the Alps, and partly in the Pyrenees,
there is occasionally danger of snowfall.
In an emergency and emergency, the embassy can be
contacted by phone: + 33 1 53 67 04 00. Outside the
embassy's opening hours, you are automatically
redirected to the UD's operational center when you call
the embassy. You can also contact UD's operational
center by e-mail: UDops@mfa.no
French authorities have pr. March 17, 2020, decided
to restrict entry into the Schengen area via France, and
into France from other Schengen countries.
The border control will therefore be tightened, and
everyone must be able to present a valid passport or
certificate from the French employer about ongoing
This applies to all Norwegian citizens, whether they
have permanent residence in France or are on transit.
This also applies to Norwegian citizens who:
- Is a health professional and works to fight the
spread of the corona virus
- Transports merchandise across borders
Norwegian citizens, who upon entry into France are
stopped for health reasons, are obliged to follow the
authorities' orders to receive medical assistance.
Norwegian citizens will be free to leave France.
All Norwegian citizens who reside in France must also
follow other orders and regulations issued by the French
Please note that entry regulations may change. The
Foreign Service is not responsible for updating
information on entry regulations in France or visa
requirements at any time. These can be changed at short
notice. It is the responsibility of the traveler to
ensure that travel documents are valid for entry and to
familiarize themselves with the current entry rules for
France requires a valid passport for both entry and
exit. It is also a requirement in France that one should
always be able to identify on request, and for
Norwegians the passport is the only valid identification
document. During your stay in France, you may have a
copy of your passport and have the passport in the hotel
safe so that it can be displayed if necessary. It is the
traveler's responsibility to ensure that the passport is
Coronavirus (covid-19): Norwegian
travelers are advised to stay abreast of the development
of the coronavirus. Travelers should follow local
authorities' advice, guidance and requests on how to
deal with the situation.
You can find more information and guidance from the
Norwegian health authorities on the website of the
Norwegian Institute of Public Health. See also UD's
answers to frequently asked questions about travel and
France informs on the following website Coronavirus
It should be noted that in connection with covid-19,
Norwegian insurance companies have imposed restrictions
on the scope of where and when the insurance applies.
Travelers need to keep up to date on this.
France also has a well-developed health system with
both public and private hospitals. Health and sanitation
are about the same as in Norway. However, there may be
inadequate English proficiency in health professionals.
All travelers abroad are advised to take out their
own travel and health insurance before leaving. You
should obtain a European Health Insurance Card http://www.helfo.no/
(replaces Form E-111) which is valid in all EEA
countries. But it can still accrue significant
deductibles eg. for hospital stays, therefore travel
insurance is also recommended.
Punishment for possession and use of drugs is mainly
in France as in Norway.
Emergency number: 112
Ambulance (Samu): 15 (without area code, also from
In connection with the measures introduced to prevent
the spread of covid-19, French authorities have so far
decided that only stores selling food, pharmacies and
tobacco stores can remain open. All other shops,
restaurants and cafes must be closed.
However, it is emphasized that neither hotels, petrol
stations nor rest areas along motorways are required to
remain closed. Some still choose to shut down the lack
of personnel and/or customers. See also Information
Coronavirus (in French).
If you are going to stay in France for an extended
period of time, you are recommended to register at
It should be noted that English is not as widely used
as in Norway.
It is prohibited to drive in an alcohol-affected
state and to talk on the cellphone while driving.
Driver's license and insurance certificate must always
be carried in the car. It is mandatory to have the
following equipment in the car: A warning triangle and a
yellow reflective vest (for motorway accidents). If this
is not right, you risk a fine of 375 euros. One-off
alcohol testing (etylotest) has been compulsory in the
car since 2012, but for the time being you will not be
fined if you do not have it. The test can also easily be
bought at a pharmacy or in tobacco stores, and also at
some gas stations and supermarkets.
Chains are highly recommended when driving in
mountainous areas during winter.
Environmental leaflets on cars are mandatory, also
for tourists. Orders and purchases can only be made on
French people dress relatively formally in work, but
less formally in a restaurant, theater or opera. It
should be noted that French people eat dinner late -
there are few people in the restaurants before 10am.
8:00 p.m.. Lunch is usually eaten between 13:00 and
14:30. Often there is no serving between 7 p.m. 15:00
It is useful to note that French people, to a greater
extent than Norwegians, emphasize formal courtesy
(greeting when you walk into a store or elevator, you
apologize when you bump into someone, you often use "s"
il vous plaît "and" merci ", etc.)
France has a well-developed public transport system
both in cities and elsewhere in the country and good
motorways. Road safety is the same as in Norway. The
Norwegian driver's license is valid in France.
The currency unit in France is the euro. Most credit
cards can be used.
Normal business hours for shops, banks, public
offices. Shops: from 09.00/ 10.00 - 18.00/19.00 (also
Saturday), supermarkets: usually from 09.00 - 19.00,
bank: from 08.30/09.00 - 17.00 (not Saturdays), Offices
and smaller shops are often closed in the middle of the
day, from approx. 1 pm to 2:30 pm.
National Holidays: January 1, Easter Sunday, May 1,
May 8, Ascension Day, July 14 (National Day), August 15
(Mary Ascension), November 1 (All Saints Day), November
11 (Armistice 1918) and 1st Christmas Day,.
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In a crisis and emergency, the public is encouraged
to contact the Norwegian embassy in Paris:
Royal Norwegian Embassy
262, rue du Faubourg Saint-Honor¨¦
Phone: +33 (0) 1 53 67 04 00
Website: https://www.norway.no/fr/ france
It should be noted that the embassy, to prevent the
spread of covid-19, will remain closed to the public for
the time being. All contact with the embassy must take
place by telephone, and the telephone time is Monday to
Friday, 10:00 to 14:00.
Outside the embassy's opening hours, the public can
contact the UD's 24-hour operating center on tel.: +47
23 95 00 00 or by e-mail UDops@mfa.no