France will allow American travelers back, according to the latest news. A vaccination passport plan suggests it could be happening in the coming months.
While no formal timetable is in place, French President Emmanuel Macron indicated it should be up and running sometime this summer.
For US citizens this may even be a ‘special pass,’ he said.
We give an update on this new development for US citizens.
An end to travel restrictions is in sight
Since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic over a year ago, there have been limitations on non-essential travel to France.
It’s a frustrating time, especially for vaccinated travelers wanting to visit their properties here in Paris. But now, an end to those restrictions is on the horizon.
Things may be moving forward, quicker than expected.
France is rapidly catching up with its vaccinations for its own citizens, thanks to an accelerated production of the vaccine.
Meanwhile, America’s rapid vaccination program means the immunization benchmark of 70% of adults, known as herd immunity, is set for the middle of June.
With both these facts in mind, the lifting of the ban on international travel appears likely to happen for those flying from the US to France, when meeting certain terms.
A ‘special pass’ for Americans
The European Union has plans for a digital ‘green certificate' within its borders. This will offer proof that a traveler has either been fully vaccinated against Covid-19, has received a recent negative test result, or has recently recovered from the disease.
But new reports indicate Americans can expect to join the same, or a similar program.
The exact timings are not yet known. However, French President Emmanuel Macron is lifting certain confinement restrictions within France as early as next month. Residents will be allowed to travel farther than 10km from their homes, as well as to other regions of France.
Macron recently told American television audiences on Face the Nation, “We will progressively lift our restrictions at the beginning of May. This means that we will organize in the summertime with our professionals in France for European residents, but also for American citizens.
“We are working hard to propose a definite solution, especially for American citizens who are vaccinated, so with a special pass, I would say.”
For Americans with second homes in Paris, or looking to buy or rent one, this is sure to be the good news they have been waiting for.
Using European-approved vaccines is a benefit
Along with the plans mentioned by President Macron, the EU has suggested a policy change. This one also benefits Americans.
European Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen says, “America is using vaccines approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA). This will enable free movement and travel to the EU.
“The 27 member states of Europe will accept, unconditionally, all those who are protected with vaccines that are approved by the EMA.”
This means Americans vaccinated by either Pfizer/BioNTech, Moderna, or Johnson & Johnson can visit these European countries, including France.
It’s further positive news that indicates US citizens vaccinated against Covid-19 should be able to visit Paris in the coming months.
Further updates when France will allow American travelers
This is a breaking news story, and we will continue to provide updates, especially as to exactly when the Government of France will allow American travelers back.
Until then, if you have any queries about Paris real estate, please do contact the team at 56Paris and we will be happy to help.
April 29 update: Since we published this blog, President Macron revealed a new timetable for the exit from Covid-19 restrictions. This gives a date of June 9, 2021 for the resumption of foreign travel, with a valid health pass required to enter the country.