29 February 2020 – Ended requirement for travellers from high risk zones to isolate

Intervention Categories: International travel measures; Lifting of international travel measures
Level of Jurisdiction: National

Overview: The French government announced that it no longer required people returning from China or Italy to self-isolate.

The government acknowledged that the country was moving from Phase 1 of the pandemic, during which the threat of infection was mainly from travelers coming back from highly-infected countries, into Phase 2, during which the threat of infection was from people in infected areas of France.

As such, it ended the Phase 1 policy that required people returning from “orange zones,” or countries with many COVID-19 cases, to self-isolate.

In particular, it allowed students returning from Lombardy or Veneto to return to school. It identified certain “cluster” areas within France, l’Oise and Haute-Savoie, and acknowledged that as infection rates increased, the country would move into Phase 2.
Full details here: https://www.gouvernement.fr/conseil-des-ministres/2020-02-29/le-covid-19