100km travel forms for France not yet ready

Trips of more than 100km, involving leaving the home department, are restricted

New attestation forms required for travel of more than 100km from home on trips to another department of France outside the one where you live are not ready.

This is because a new law required to put the measure into action has not be finalised.

In his deconfinement speech last week Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said new forms would be available from today on the Interior Minstry’s website in line with new rules restricting long-distance travel.

However they will not now be ready until at least tonight.

This comes as the ordinary attestation forms required for people to use every time they leave home to go shopping, for a medical visit, exercise or to assist family members are no longer required as of this morning.

The new forms will be needed for certain long journeys (see previous article here). When ready they are expected to be available on the ministry’s website

The delay is because the rule restricting long journeys is contained in a law extending the state of health emergency to July. 

The government had hoped this would be law by now, but it must still be examined by the Conseil Constitutionnel, which is only taking place today. This is a final check to see that the law complies with the Constitution.

The government is therefore asking that in the meantime people be “responsible” with regard to respecting the general principle that journeys of 100km or more from home to another department should only be undertaken for urgent work or family reasons.

There will however be no fines, and no forms, until the Conseil Constitutionnel has given the go-ahead.

The same principle – no fines but people should be responsible – applies to a rule that use of public transport in Ile-de-France at rush hour (between 6.30 and 9.30 and 16.00 and 19.00) should be mostly limited to workers who have an attestation from their employer saying that it is necessary for them to travel to work.

The other main rules that were announced for the start of deconfinement today, such as reopening of shops and the requirement to wear masks on public transport, are now in place.

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