Still dreaming of a European getaway this summer? If you too live on the continent – or one of a handful of other countries around the world – and you play it right, you’re still in with a shot.
France has already reopened its borders to travellers from across the EU and the Schengen free-movement area, as well as citizens or residents of Australia, Israel, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea and the UK.
For other countries, including residents of the United States, you still have a bit of a wait. Under the country’s latest reopening plan, US passport holders will be able to enter France from June 9 alongside a travellers from a handful of other countries outside Europe – provided they can present proof of vaccination or a recent negative Covid-19 test on arrival.
At present, all travellers, from any country, must present a negative test result from within the past 72 hours on arrival. Those from outside the EU must also self-isolate for seven days. Anyone coming from India or Brazil must quarantine for ten days.
France is currently undergoing its third nationwide lockdown, but the reopening plan also provides details on when the country’s most iconic attractions will welcome visitors again. For example, cafés will be able to reopen on May 19, while restaurants will be allowed to seat a maximum of six outdoors (with a curfew of 9pm). Museums, theatre, concert halls and shops will also be allowed to reopen their doors, albeit with capacity limits.
Then, on June 9, cafés and restaurants can resume regular service until 11pm. The curfew will end completely on June 30. Events with up to 5,000 participants will also have the green light to go ahead.
So, in other words: your French vacay can’t happen right now – but it could well be on a little later this year.
Remember, many countries are still warning against all non-essential travel and some are quarantining all overseas arrivals, including their own returning citizens. Check all the relevant restrictions before you think about travelling.