Homestay during the pandemic
There is no doubt that homestay is one of the privileged accommodations for international visitors staying in Paris.
Unlike living in a residence or individual accommodation, it is an opportunity to learn to speak French in your daily life, from the moment you get up until the moment you go to sleep. It is the housing option that allows you a maximum immersion in French culture. In addition to sharing the rhythm of Parisian life, you will benefit from all the advantages of a comfortable and secure accommodation in Paris.
In order to deal with the pandemic, we have put in place a protocol, regularly updated, that guarantees the safety of our accommodations. However, it is important to organize your stay in advance and to remain vigilant about certain preparatory aspects.
How to prepare my homestay?
Prepare your arrival administratively
France has put in place regulations to ensure your arrival on its territory while limiting the risk of the pandemic spreading. Specific procedures will apply depending on your country of origin, your vaccination status and the epidemic situation at the time of your departure.
The website of the French Ministry of the Interior provides an updated list of countries, travel procedures and certificates that must be provided for any travel to France.
In any case, the health situation considerably increases the time required to issue visas. We therefore advise you to inquire far enough in advance to ensure that you have your visa before the start of your course!
Rules in effect at the time of travel
It is important to be informed about the health situation in France before your departure. There may be stricter restrictions and requirements than in your home country. It is imperative that you find out about the rules for vaccinations, wearing a mask and any restrictions on traveling on French territory. Your stay in France may be strongly impacted! We advise you to check the government website for the latest updates.
Registering for health insurance to convert the health pass
In order to benefit from the French health system, you must register with the Social Security. Depending on your country of origin, this must be done before leaving for France or on the spot. It is all the more important nowadays because the affiliation to the Social Security allows to facilitate the conversion procedures of the vaccination pass or the access to vaccination. To register for social security, go to https://etudiant-etranger.ameli.fr/.
What to do in Paris during a pandemic?
Once all these steps have been completed, all you have to do is enjoy your stay. During such a period, it is sometimes difficult to find what to do in Paris but we have thought about it for you!
Take advantage of the host family and their home to live in immersion
In 2020 and 2021, France has experienced long periods of confinement and curfew. The rhythm of life has been greatly impacted by a return to the family unit. Currently, this is an advantage for you. Telecommuting and online meetings are still very present, which means that you will have more opportunities to be in contact with the members of the household, to exchange on current events, to eat and cook together… It is a real chance to perfect your French that you must embrace!
Discover the architecture of Paris and its most beautiful streets
Even if some cultural and restaurant places might be closed, restricted or simply not trusted, Paris is a rich city that can always be visited on foot. You can decide to visit one arrondissement of Paris per weekend or go on thematic excursions: try the best pastry shops in the capital, walk through all the gardens of the city…
There are hundreds of websites that list itineraries to go by foot or by bicycle to rediscover each time a new facet of the City of Light. Some guides also invite you to keep them in your hand during your peregrinations like the guide of 111 places in Paris not to be missed (111 lieux à Paris à ne pas manquer, Canac, S et al., 2019)
Practice a sport, cultural or creative activity to meet French people
Paris also offers a wide range of activities that you can continue to practice or learn about! Taking part in group classes in a gym, dance training or a painting workshop can be the perfect opportunity to meet new people and enjoy all the cultural diversity that the city has to offer!