current measures, the 8th wave in September?

CORONAVIRUS FRANCE. Incidence rate, new cases, reproduction rate… All these parameters are rising in France, triggering an 8th epidemic wave. Work, school, test, isolation, contact case, travel: reminder of the protocols in force.

[Mise à jour le 20 septembre 2022 à 11h09] The spread of SARS-CoV-2 has been increasing since mid-September, after several weeks of improvement in the epidemic situation. The reproduction rate is again greater than 1. The incidence is approaching 300 cases per 100,000 inhabitants (+57% in one week). Signs that it might already be the start of the 8th wave of Covid expected by epidemiologists in the fall. With regard to isolation measures, positive people should always isolate themselves, a little longer if they are not vaccinated against Covid or if they have an incomplete vaccination schedule.. HAS school, the Ministry of Education has obtained, in collaboration with the health authorities, a diploma including: a pedestal of measures and three protocol levels (green, orange, red). Since the beginning of the school year, the “basic level” has therefore been in force no restrictions for students (no mask, no distance…) and face to face course for all levels.

What are the anti-Covid measures in September in light of the 8th wave?

After validation by the Constitutional Council, the law was promulgated on July 31, 2022 that put an end to the exceptional regimes created during the Covid pandemic. since August 1, 2022:

  • End of healthcare pass obligation in places where it might still be needed (hospital, EHPAD, etc.)
  • End of the obligation to wear a mask
  • End of possible use of confinement and curfew
  • Replacing the Covid-19 Scientific Council with a “Committee on Monitoring and Anticipating Health Risks”, placed under the Ministers of Health and Research.

► Measures that remain or are in effect:

  • Screening of people who are contacts and/or show symptoms covid.
  • Isolation for positive people at Covid.
  • Travel health certificate. The government can request a negative screening test upon boarding towards French territory and for overseas travel. This border test may be mandatory until March 31, 2023 for people over 12 years old before boarding for French territory in case of the appearance of a dangerous variant in a country, or in the case of a dangerous variant, it may apply are on travelers from overseas territories, or to these regions in the event of a risk of saturation of the local hospital system.
  • Long-term epidemic follow-up. Epidemic monitoring tools remain in place: SI-DEPthe national screening information system in which all test results are centralized will be extended until June 30, 2023 and Covid contact person, that ensures follow-up and support of infected persons and their contact cases, will be extended until January 31, 2023.

What are the Covid measures at school?

To the back to school, no more protocol at work or school. The Ministry of National Education, in collaboration with the health authorities, has prepared a graduation consisting of: a pedestal of measures and three protocol levels (green, orange, red). So for September, the “basic” level is in effect no restrictions for students (no mask, no distance…) and face to face course for all levels.

Sanitary measures at school for September 2022 © Ministry of National Education

What are the measures for the 4th dose of Covid vaccine?

The second booster dose is opened:

  • immunocompromised people, people aged 80 and older, as well as all nursing home residents and USLDs who have received their booster dose for more than three months.
  • adults aged 18 to 60 who have been identified as at risk for severe Covid-19, pregnant women from the first trimester of pregnancy, and people who live nearby or have regular contact with vulnerable or immunocompromised people and with nurses staff.

What are the dimensions of the mask?

Wearing a mouth cap is no longer mandatory in France: nor in the hospitals (except Parisian AP-HP hospitals that maintain the wearing of masks in their establishments) or in nursing homes, nor in sea, river, land and air transport. However, there remains strongly recommended :

  • in closed and crowded places and public transport (metro, train, bus, plane, etc.);
  • in large gatherings, including outdoors, for people who are vulnerable because of their age or their pathologies;
  • in the presence of elderly, immunocompromised or chronically ill people;
  • for vulnerable people (elderly or immunocompromised…).

Moreover, it is highly recommended in hospitals and for the elderly. And in case of symptoms and up to 7 days when contact status is at risk or when released from isolation.

What are the insulation measures?

For positive people with a complete and up-to-date vaccination schedule and for children under 12 years of age : The isolation is for a period of 7 (full) days from the date of onset of symptoms or date of taking the positive test.

Scheme of isolation rules at Covid
Schedule isolation rules at Covid and for contact cases © Ministry of Health and Prevention

A person who comes into contact with a person who has tested positive for Covid-19 must be informed via the positive case or via the Health Insurance (by text message or by telephone). There is more contact case insulation instructions and the test instructions are identical regardless of your vaccination status. The contact case need to do a screening test (RT-PCR or antigen test or self-test) 2 days after notification by health insurance or by the positive person.

What are the measures for travel?

Since August 1, 2022, the border health control system has been lifted, in accordance with the law ending the exceptional regimes created to fight the epidemic related to covid-19. Travelers do not have no more formalities to complete before their arrival in France, in mainland France and abroad, and the presentation of the health card can no longer be required, regardless of the country or zone of origin. Similarly, no more justification of the reason for a journey departing from France, in mainland France and abroad, no declaration of leaving the territory is required by the French authorities to go to another country.


  • March 14: end of vaccination pass
  • March 21: end of isolation for contact cases
  • April 7: opening of the 4th dose of Covid vaccine for people over 60
  • July 31: end of the state of emergency in France (end of the health pass, end of the mandatory mask)


Covid-19: International travel, Ministry of the Interior.


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