Driving in France after lockdown
Updated: Jul 20, 2020
A few notes about changes for driving in France now the French 'confinement' has ended;
AUTOROUTES: The service areas are all open but all staff will be wearing masks & 1m social distancing is required & the amount of seating in the restaurant areas will be reduced to allow for social distancing. Hand gel will be available at the entrance & masks required inside the service area. Contact-less payment or by phone is preferred at check outs.
Toll booths are all working normally but fewer booths are staffed although you can still pay by cash at some automatic booths.
PETROL STATIONS are operating as normal but once again, card payment is preferred. Contact-less can be used in most places up to a limit of 50€. Touch screens should be regularly cleaned.
AIRES: No real changes but obviously be careful about hygiene as service points & payment points will not be regularly cleaned so keep your hand gel handy.
CAMPSITES: Many reception areas will limit the number of visitors entering at any one time & also to 1 person/ family, whilst online booking facilities will also be available to limit person to person contacts. Contact-less payment is preferred where possible. Toilets will also limit the number of people entering to allow 4m2/ person & frequency of cleaning will be increased.
BORDER CONTROLS at the ports should be operating normally with staff wearing masks & you may be asked to remove yours for identification purposes. You do not have to fill in any additional paperwork to enter France & the 2 week voluntary quarantine in France should be lifted once the UK government cancel their quarantine requirements.
MASK WEARING in France is now obligatory in all public enclosed spaces. This includes, shops, supermarkets, bars restaurants, cinemas, theatres, etc. If you are eating at a restaurant you must wear one on entering & leaving but you can remove it when seated at your table.