Americans may be able to travel to France once again starting on June 9. French Prime Minister Emanuel Macron announced a plan to reopen the country to American passport holders who can present either a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of their flight or proof of vaccination, according to The Local France. Macron further stressed that this will only be possible if COVID-19 remains under control.
The first stage of relaxing restrictions in France will begin on May 19. Cafes will be allowed to reopen and restaurants will be permitted to seat up to six people per table until 9:00 PM. Museums, galleries, cultural venues, and non-essential businesses will also be allowed to resume operations once again with limited capacity. If COVID-19 rates remain at a stable level, the second phase of reopening will commence on June 9. This could include welcoming international travelers, later opening hours for venues, and the possibility for events to host up to 5,000 people.
“We will progressively lift the restrictions of the beginning of May, which means that we will organize in the summertime with our professionals in France for French and European citizens, but as well for American citizens. So we are working hard to propose a very concrete solution, especially for U.S. citizens who are vaccinated, so with a special pass, I would say,” Macron told CBS’ Face the Nation on April 16.
The “special pass” in question refers to a digital certificate — a Europe-wide project that Brussels is actively working on to restart the tourism industry and business travel. This week, France has become the first member state in the EU to test a digital travel certificate. The country’s application, TousAntiCovid, provides storage for negative test results and vaccination certificates and is currently being trialed to include information on travelers’ phones on flights from the mainland to Corsica, a French island in the Mediterranean.
Vaccination efforts worldwide could help ease many of those rules and make a powerful stride toward normalcy as early as summer 2021. France is not alone in trying to welcome vaccinated travelers; Greece is making efforts toward a summer reopening, and Malta is even offering to give travelers a monetary subsidy toward their hotel bills.
A version of this article was previously published on April 20, 2021, and was updated on May 3, 2021, with more information.
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