The current international health crisis is challenging for us all, and we know that many of you have had to postpone your trip to Normandy. The third nationwide lockdown has now ended, and France’s vaccination programme is now in full swing, however international travel is still restricted until 9 June. One thing is for sure – we’re longing to see you again and hope to welcome you back to Normandy as soon as it’s safe! 

THE Covid-19 PANDEMIC

The global Covid-19 pandemic has made it inadvisable to travel to Normandy at present. Lockdown was lifted in France on 11 May 2020 and we were able to welcome international visitors back to the region for five months. However, a second national lockdown was then announced by the French government on 28 October, which ended on 15 December and was replaced by a night-time curfew. On 31 March 2021, a third nationwide lockdown was announced, which ran from 5 April to 3 May.

Our thoughts are with those who have been affected by this virus. Better days will come. In the meantime, we hope you’ll find inspiration on this website for your next holiday once it’s safe to travel again.

Latest news and updates

France’s third lockdown ended on 3 May. The 10km limit on travel has been lifted, however all non-essential shops, restaurants, cafés, bars, cinemas, museums and theatres remain closed until 19 May. On Monday 19 May, outdoor seating areas and cultural venues will reopen to the public.

A night-time curfew runs from 7pm to 6am. The curfew will remain in place from 19 May, but will begin two hours’ later, at 9pm.

Anyone travelling in to France currently needs to present a negative PCR Covid test taken within the previous 72 hours and fill in a declaration stating that they have no Covid symptoms. There is no compulsory quarantine for arrivals in France from the US, UK, Australia or New Zealand, but people coming from a non-EU country are asked to self-isolate for 7 days on arrival. This can be done at an address of their choice.

The second stage of the reopening on Wednesday 9 June includes the reopening of France’s borders to all non-EU visitors for all types of travel – including family visits, tourism and visits from second-home owners.

However, all travel will be allowed only with a pass sanitaire, or health passport. The full details of what the pass sanitaire will involve have yet to be published, but a prototype that France is currently testing has options for travellers to either upload a vaccine certificate or a recent negative Covid test.

Wearing a mask is now compulsory everywhere. Up-to-date details can be found here (in French).

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Plan your next trip to Normandy by finding inspiration on this website and following us on FacebookInstagram and Twitter. You can also explore Normandy virtually here.

Any questions? Get in touch: contact@normandy-tourism.org


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