France to Welcome Vaccinated American Tourists This Summer
Speaking with US television network CBS, French President Emanuel Macron said his country will do everything it can to open France to vaccinated American tourists this summer.
With an ever-growing list of countries planning to welcome vaccinated tourists, the news brings another dose of optimism to a post-pandemic travel reality. For example, earlier this month Greece and Croatia also confirmed plans to receive visitors from the U.S., with Greece requiring either proof of vaccination or negative PCR starting April 19th.
When asked for details, President Macron said: “We are working hard to propose a very concrete solution, especially for U.S. citizens who are vaccinated, so with a special pass. We will progressively lift the restrictions at the beginning of May, which means that we will organize in the summer time.”
When Can Vaccinated American Tourists Enter France?
Is there a timeline in place for this plan? According to insiders, starting in June, vaccinated travelers from the United States, the EU, and the UK would be able to enter France without quarantine or further restriction, provided they’ve been fully vaccinated. In turn, French travelers to the U.S. would receive a similar reciprocal agreement. However, it's not clear if the broader EU travel bans would be eliminated in full before the summer season.
There is also little detail on whether travelers that present a negative PCR ahead of departure would be able to take advantage of this update. Other countries have implemented similar requirements with relative ease.
However, the challenge of establishing a reliable "vaccine passport" program remains. According to reports, France is urging the European Union to move ahead with a "green passport" that would grant official status to vaccinated citizens who desire to travel. Meanwhile, the United States is working on bilateral agreements to establish more secure, reliable vaccination checks with trusted countries.