More updates on Confinement forms


Further clarifications from readers’ experiences, the police, and also from the government website:

  • Shopping as a couple should be avoided if possible.  If it can’t be avoided, such as shopping during the same trip as a health visit, it is tolerated.
  • Walking or exercising as a couple is being tolerated, as long as it is within the constraints of not more than 1km from home, and not more than an hour away.

Please respect the rules, they are there to avoid infecting vulnerable people.  This is real, this is important.

Previous updates

The rumoured changes to the Confinement form have finally made it to the government’s website.

You now have to put a time on the form, as well as the date.  There are some more options to choose from too.  Here is the latest form.

  • Outings for exercise for you or your pet should be limited to no more than one hour per day, and now it is limited to one kilometre from your home, rather than two.
  • A judicial summons is now an option on the list, as is a ‘mission’ demanded by an administrative authority.
  • The translation below has been updated to reflect the new options.
  • Pencil marks for the reason and the date are not acceptable, so sorry, but you’ll have to use more paper and printer ink to be compliant with the rules.
  • In some areas, bicycles are classed as ‘sport’, and therefore not permitted, in other areas they are classed as ‘exercise’ and are tolerated.  So far, the Interior Minister hasn’t made a decree about it, and has simply said ‘if it keeps you sane, OK, but don’t do it a lot!’
  • If you are stuck somewhere and trying to get home, then it is permitted to make your way home, according to the Frequently asked questions on the government website here.
  • Fines are now stated as €135 not €38-€135.

Cycling is discouraged, and at the moment you could be subjected to a telling off depending on the area you live in, but currently it is not shown as banned on the government website.  Some police forces are enforcing it as “sporting activity” as opposed to personal exercise, others are not.

When exercising outside, you must remain within 1km of your home.

You absolutely need a form of your own, even if you are travelling with another person.  It’s a form per person, per movement.

For the avoidance of doubt, a new form is needed every time you go out.  The date has to be current. Do not use pencil.  You should print out and fill in a new form every time.

You need to have a printed or handwritten copy on your person.  A photo on your phone is currently not permitted, although authorities are looking into an electronic version.

You should also be aware that the fine has now increased to €135, and then a whopping €375 if it is not paid within 45 days.

Contrary to popular belief, the police handling of the checks is indeed active and joined up.  They are stopping people on foot, and people in cars.

Thanks for all your feedback, questions and information.  Please keep us updated with your own personal experiences.

Here is the translation of the sections, and below that are the list of establishments that should be open.


In application of article 1 of the decree issued on 16 March 2020 concerning movements in the context of the fight against the spread of the virus Covid 19:

I the undersigned:
Date of birth:
Place of birth:

Certify my journey is related to the following reason (tick the box) authorised by Article 1 of the Decree of 16 March 2020, regulating movements in the context of the fight against the spread of the Covid-19 virus:

– Travel between home and the place of professional activity, for activities that cannot be organised by teleworking (with proof) or professional trips that cannot be postponed;

– Travel to make essential purchases in authorised establishments (see list);

– Travel for health reasons; consultations and care that cannot be provided remotely and that cannot be deferred; consultations and care of patients with a long-term condition.

– Travel for vital family reasons, for assistance to vulnerable persons or childcare;

– Short trips, close to home, related to the individual physical activity of people, (excluding any collective sports practice), and/or related to the needs of pets.

– Judicial or administrative summons.

– Participation in missions of general interest at the request of the administrative authority.

Completed at _____________, on (Date): ____/____/2020 and time.


Establishments open

Maintenance and repair of motor vehicles, vehicles, agricultural machinery and equipment
Automobile equipment trade
Sale and repair of motorcycles and cycles
Supplies needed for farms
Retail sale of frozen products
General food trade
Convenience stores
Multi-store shops
Retail sale of fruit and vegetables in specialised stores
Retail sale of meat and meat products in specialised stores
Retail sale of fish, crustaceans and molluscs in specialised stores
Retail sale of bread, pastry and confectionery in specialised stores
Retail sale of beverages in specialised stores
Other food retail trade in specialised stores
Food distributions by charities
Retail sale of fuel in specialised stores
Retail sale of information and communication equipment in specialised stores
Retail sale of computers, peripheral units and software in specialised stores
Retail sale of telecommunications equipment in specialised stores
Retail sale of building materials, hardware, paints and glass in specialised stores
Retail sale of newspapers and stationery in specialised stores
Retail sale of pharmaceutical products in specialised stores
Retail sale of medical and orthopaedic items in specialised stores
Retail sale of pet food and supplies
Food retail on stalls and markets
Sale by vending machines and other retail out of stores, stalls or markets
Hotels and similar accommodation
Tourist accommodation and other short-term accommodation when it constitutes a regular home for people living there
Campsites and parks for caravans or recreational vehicles when they constitute a regular home for the people who live there
Rental and leasing of other machinery, equipment and tangible goods
Rental and leasing of agricultural machinery and equipment
Rental and leasing of construction machinery and equipment
Activities of employment placement agencies
Temporary employment agency activities
Repair of computers and personal and household goods
Repair of computers and communication equipment
Repair of computers and peripheral equipment
Repair of communication equipment
Wholesale laundry
Retail laundry
Funeral services
Financial and insurance activities

You can find more details here on the government site.

Thanks for all your feedback, questions and information.  Please keep us updated with your own personal experiences.