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COVID-19 Doing business in France

The outbreak of COVID-19 has consequences for entrepreneurs doing business in or with France. The French government has prohibited meetings until further notice. Trade missions and fairs have been postponed or cancelled.

Support from the French government

The French government has taken various measures to support businesses in France. The measures apply to companies with a French corporate structure. For more information, see COVID-19 information support measures by Business France.

Companies established in France can turn to regional contacts for support.

The French government supports companies that are facing temporary unemployment.

Travelling to and within France

  • The French government encourages residents and visitors to limit travelling as much as possible. The government also advises employees to help their staff work from home as much as possible. People working in health care, transport, supply or safety, can travel to and from work.
  • Travelling within France is only allowed if you have a work-related identity card. For example, a press card or declaration from the French Ministry of Internal Affairs. The following application forms for travelling in France are available in English:
  • Train and metro services are available between 06:00 and 22:00 CEST only.
  • SNCF has limited its high-speed trains to 40 a day.
  • Thalys trains between Paris and Amsterdam follow adapted time tables for now.
  • Belgian Train has also adapted its time table for now.
  • Most airlines have cancelled their flights. As a result, Orly airport is closed for regular commercial flights. Roissy-Charles de Gaulle airport only handles flights in terminal 2E (hall K). Only parts of terminals 2A and 2F are open. For more information on flights to, from and via Paris, see Paris Aéroport information.

Economic effects

The French central bank estimates a decrease of 6% for the first quarter of 2020 compared to the first quarter of 2019. Nearly all sectors will be affected, but the French car industry seems affected the most. Read the reports on business surveys from the French central bank, Banque de France.

Agricultural trade and veterinary measures

At this moment, there are no strict rules for animal and vegetal products. Do you have questions about agricultural trade and veterinary measures? Contact the Agricultural Board of the Dutch embassy in Paris via email. Or follow the latest news from the French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health & Safety.

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