The government has closed schools and issued directives and advice to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Key Points:

  • Schools, universities and childcare facilities are closed.
  • Bars, restaurants and cafes are closed. Only essential businesses such as grocery stores, pharmacies and gas stations are to remain open.
  • Many prefectures are closed for all but asylum procedures.
  • Companies are advised to mandate employees work from home, if possible.
  • Some airlines have canceled flights to and from China, Israel, Italy, Lebanon and the United States.
  • The government advises against all travel abroad and strongly recommends those with COVID-19 symptoms self-isolate, especially when returning from high-risk areas.

Additional Information: Applications for French visas abroad are not officially suspended, but it is advised to check with the individual consulate. Deloitte professionals will not accompany applicants to appointments with local authorities during this time. At this time, no borders are officially closed.

Analysis & Comments: All these measures, especially the closure of childcare facilities, will have a major impact on businesses and public services. It is therefore necessary to anticipate additional delays in immigration procedures. The COVID-19 situation continues to develop and Deloitte will alert clients to additional changes or restrictions as information becomes available.

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