The March 17 Covid-19 lockdown in France impacted the U.S. Embassy in Paris and Consulate in Marseille much like other non-essential businesses. Offices transitioned primarily to staff working from home, though consular sections in both Paris and Marseille remained available to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens. This included issuing emergency passports and providing repatriation assistance for those wishing to return to the U.S.
“We also continued to accept some applications for passports and Consular Reports of Birth Abroad,” Russell Zalizniak, Deputy Principal Consul at the U.S. Consulate General Marseille, tells Forbes Monaco, “although printing and shipping these documents has been temporarily suspended by the U.S. Passport Agencies.”
Since the easing of lockdown measures in France from May 11, Zalizniak says some services are being offered on-site to Americans residing in France. “While regular online appointments remain closed, the Embassy and Consulate in Marseille may still provide passport and citizenship services to those with an emergent need. This applies to passports, Consular Reports of Birth Abroad, and notarial services.”
American citizens seeking services in Marseille should email CitizenInfoMarseille@state.gov, or for those closer to Paris, CitizenInfo@state.gov.
As far as travel, the Department of State maintains a Global Level Four Health Advisory, which advises U.S. citizens to avoid all international travel due to Covid-19. Zalizniak reminds those who live in the United States should return home, as there are no restrictions on U.S. citizens departing France or entering the United States.
“Americans remaining abroad should register with the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program so that they can stay informed and be contacted in an emergency,” Zalizniak recommends. “To stay up to date with the latest information, check the website and follow us on social media.”