COVID-19/Travel Updates

Last updated May 10, 2021
These measures are not definitive and may be subject to change.

ICSB Paris 2021

The International Council for Small Business (ICSB) is pleased to announce that the 2021 World Congress will take place from July 12th to July 16th this year as a hybrid model, available virtually and in-person in Paris, France. Due to the realities of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, there will be strict rules for attending the conference in-person. We are so excited that new technology, including vaccines and rapid testing, will allow us to congregate in person, and we will be taking every precaution necessary to ensure the health and safety of all participants.


1. First and foremost, this year’s conference will be held as a hybrid model, with the option to attend in-person or to join us from the comfort of your own home and laptop.


2. Those who attend in person will need to show proof of either a.) a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of the first day of the conference or b.) their vaccination card at registration. For every day following, each guest will receive a rapid test, thanks to our hosts at IPAG.

While France is currently under stage 4 lockdown, as of time of writing, they will be allowing non-EU tourists and visitors after June 9 who can show a negative PCR test and/or proof of vaccination. As of June 30, France will no longer employ a lockdown curfew, and events of 1,000 people will be allowed with a health passport.


3. Masks will be required at all times and are expected to securely cover each participant’s nose, mouth, and chin.


4. Social distancing measures will be followed to maintain two meters between each person. Classrooms will be limited to a 30% capacity, and lecture halls will follow at 50% capacity to allow for proper distancing.


5. Individual lunch boxes will be distributed to avoid contact as much as possible.


6. All attendees are expected to adhere to government regulations for both France and their home countries, including any pre- or post-travel quarantines.


7. A health post will be available at every Congress event, and a doctor will be on hand should any medical need arise.


8. We strongly recommend that everyone purchase travel insurance to cover their time in France. Allianz and IMG have comprehensive plans available.

ICSB prides itself on being an industry leader, and we know that our upcoming Congress will exemplify the world’s comeback in the safest way possible to mitigate risk.


ICSB values the health and safety of all participants, and these rules may be subject to changes between now and the conference. Please be sure to check regularly for any updates.

COVID-19 in France

The reinforced measures are in force throughout the metropolitan territory since Saturday, April 3 and for a period of 4 weeks. They provide among others:

  • Outings are authorized within a 10km radius of one’s home (calculate here the precise area you can travel) upon presentation of a proof of residence or a travel certificate;
  • No travel during the day beyond 10 km except for imperative or professional reasons (upon presentation of the certificate);
  • A curfew in effect at 7:00 p.m. throughout metropolitan France: going out and travelling without a derogation certificate is prohibited from 7:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m., under penalty of a fine of 135 € and up to 3750 € in the event of a repeat offence; establishments authorized to open may no longer receive the public after 7:00 p.m;
  • No inter-regional travel is authorized after Monday, April 5, except for compelling reasons, including family reasons, for example to accompany a child to a relative’s home;
  • The possibility of returning to France for French citizens living abroad, as well as cross-border workers.

To limit the spread of the more contagious coronavirus variants, the physical distance between two people is increased from 1 metre to 2 metres in the absence of the mask. A decree issued in Official Journal January 28, 2021 changes the social distance following an opinion of the High Council of Public Health (HCSP).

Physical distancing now requires that you stay at least two metres away from your neighbour, in the absence of a mask. The mask must be worn systematically by all when physical distancing rules cannot be guaranteed. It is meet mask wear obligations and observe the barrier measures in any place and under any circumstances:

  • Wash hands regularly with soap and water (which must be easily accessible with single-use towels) or by water-alcohol friction;
  • Cover your nose and mouth systematically by coughing or sneezing in your elbow;
  • Bite in a single-use handkerchief to be disposed of immediately in a bin;
  • Avoid touching your face, especially your nose, mouth and eyes.

In the context of collective catering, the same table may only include persons who come together or who have booked together, within a limit now fixed at 4 persons instead of 6. A minimum distance of 2 metres must be guaranteed between each person seated, unless a fixed or removable wall ensures physical separation.

Higher education institutions are operating according to current protocols, which means that each student can attend one day a week.

In addition, several university services are maintained:

  • Reception of students by appointment until 7:00 p.m. throughout the territory in the university libraries and documentation centers and in rooms equipped with computer equipment;
  • Take-away meals provided by the university restaurant;
  • Reception by appointment in the administrative services;
  • Access to preventive medicine and health promotion services and social services, social activities organized by student associations (solidarity grocery stores, assistance in obtaining social aid, etc.).

As indicated by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on its information page, travel to and from a country outside the European area is limited to compelling reasons since January 31, 2021. The complete list of these reasons and conditions is available on the new certificates that can be downloaded from the Ministry of the Interior website. However, since March 12, 2021, the compelling reason is no longer required for travel between France and Australia, South Korea, Israel, Japan, New Zealand and Singapore.

Throughout the country, sports halls, casinos, gaming halls, fairs and exhibitions remain closed to the public. Private rooms are not permitted to open for events of this type.