With so much news coverage these past few weeks, we feel it’s time to give you a travel to France update.
This is the latest on when the country intends to welcome back international tourists, including American and UK citizens.
The plan is that we will be open for visitors in the coming weeks, not months.
Not too long to wait
This update follows our blog article last month, which suggested France will allow American travelers back very soon.
France, like all countries in Europe, has faced 14 months of travel disorder, with borders closing and reopening erratically.
Within France, restrictions have slowly started to ease. Restaurants and cafes reopened for outdoor service on May 19th, along with non-essential retail. Soon, indoor dining will return on June 9th.
Next in line, a new scheme is afoot to open the travel borders again, permanently this time. This is the news Paris property owners, tenants and buyers have been waiting for: they will finally be able to return to their beloved city.
And they won’t have to wait long, according to the latest travel to France update.
A ‘green certificate’ by June
Of course, there are strict conditions.
Reports suggest this will be a digital ‘green certificate,' providing proof via a QR code of a full Covid-19 vaccination, a recent negative test result, or proof the person has recovered from the coronavirus.
Regarding proof of vaccination, the most likely route of certification for most visitors, an EU-approved vaccine is essential. This includes Pfizer/BioNTech, Moderna, or Johnson & Johnson. Thankfully, this shouldn’t be a problem for most American and UK travelers.
The negative test result must be evidence of a negative polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test, taken no more than 72 hours before visiting the airport.
These actions are essential for visiting all countries within the EU, not just France.
Next steps… the EU leaders’ summit
When will we know more?
The next EU leaders’ summit takes place June 7-10 in Strasbourg, France. Here, discussing the digital green certificate and the opening up of Europe’s borders will be a high priority.
So from that date in June, we expect to have further details.
In line with this date, President Emmanuel Macron has suggested June 9th, from which time foreign tourists may enter France using the conditions laid out by the green certificate.
This date may, however, be optimistic. We anticipate it will take longer to get the new system up and running. Some recent news reports are now pointing to the end of June as a possibility.
While Macron specfically mentioned the US, we are nonetheless waiting for official confirmation of the countries whose citizens will be permitted to visit. For Americans, 56Paris recommends visiting the US Embassy in Paris website.
Changes to this travel to France update
This travel to France update is very much a breaking news story, with all details subject to change.
Here at 56Paris, we will continue to monitor the situation and will update this blog accordingly.
We remain open for business, working safely with our clients, and are also continuing to offer free advice to everyone planning to buy, sell, or rent real estate in our capital. For any queries, please contact the experts at 56Paris today.