By: Susan Sherren for Couture Trips
Published: 4/27/21 5:57 PM CST
France is moving forward with its plans to initiate vaccine passports as a way to jump-start trans-Atlantic travel. Currently, the app is being trialled domestically before applying it to international flights. The French app currently is used to determine COVID-19 positivity or negativity but will soon include inoculation status. French Transport Minister Jean-Baptiste Djebbari said, "a return to normal of flights in the next weeks and months.” Djebbari made these comments while attending a debriefing conference at France's Orly Airport. The travel app currently in a trial period allows the traveller to upload vaccine documentation. While many travellers remain hopeful they can resume enjoying all of France's amazing tourist destinations, the bottom line is- the U.S. authorities must approve any travel between the two countries.
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said Monday that the situation regarding European flights is under constant review but that there’s no immediate update. A decision will be “based on the advice of our health and medical team,” she said.
So, for now, we must sit tight and keep our fingers crossed the parameters for resuming travel can be suitably worked out between the two countries. France has upped its vaccine game and has been making progress in its countrywide vaccination efforts. Lockdowns will hopefully be in the rearview mirror as France has ramped up its vaccine efforts. Daily COVID-19 cases are dropping, and many keep their fingers crossed that travel may resume with the addition of vaccine passports.
By Susan Sherren for Couture Global Trips
Published: April 19, 2021 10:15 AM CST
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By Susan Sherren for Couture Trips,
Published: 4.19.21 9:45 am CST
France considers lifting the COVID-19 travel ban for certain non-European Union countries starting in May. President Emmanuel Macron of France was a guest on CBS News' Face the Nation this Sunday and stated, "We will progressively lift restrictions at the beginning of May," He emphasized, "French, European citizens but also American citizens" who are vaccinated to travel more freely by this summer." He added, “the best possible summer with the opportunity for your citizens to come to our country because this is something we are very proud (of).” He further noted, “we are working hard to propose a very concrete solution, especially for U.S. citizens who are vaccinated,” and “with a special pass.”The pandemic shut has wreaked havoc on economies across Europe, especially those countries that rely heavily on tourism.The death toll from the pandemic reached over 100,000, and France is currently in a third COVID-19 lockdown. The lifting of France's travel ban will likely be taken seriously with restrictions such as mandatory vaccination requirements, as Macron mentioned. If you are contemplating a trip to the "La Ville-Lumière", take note you'll very likely need to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination.
Currently, the situation is being worked out between France and its U.S. counterparts. Macron stressed, “We are building a European certificate to facilitate travel after these restrictions between the different European countries with testing and vaccination. And the idea indeed is altogether to offer that to the American citizen.” This is welcome news for the Cannes Film Festival goers. Cannes just announced the opening night film selection- another indication that the border restrictions will likely be lifted in time for the July 6-17th annual glitzy festival. If you were contemplating a trip to France this summer, visit www.couturetrips.com for the latest in travel planning design. We continue to monitor border reopenings and will advise our travellers based upon the latest accurate information. Visit https://www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/en/coming-to-france/coronavirus-advice-for-foreign-nationals-in-france/ before making any travel arrangments to France.
By SUSAN SHERREN FOR COUTURETRIPS.COM
Published: 10:33 AM CST. 14 April, 2021
The U.S. National Parks have become popular destinations during the pandemic. While most international travel has been curbsided, many Americans have been heading to the great outdoors in huge numbers. The statics reveal overall visitorship declined in 2020 -due to park closures during the pandemic. However,the NPS reported that 15 parks experienced record numbers for recreational visitors. Five parks also broke previous records they had set in 2019. Yosemite National Park in particular has been at the top of list for outdoor enthusiasts. While the parks love to see visitors enjoy the stunning natural flora and fauna, they also are concerned about the risk of COVID-19 spread if the visits result in crowds.
"The basic plan is to protect human health and safety and provide as much access as we can," the park's superintendent, Cicely Muldoon, said yesterday during a meeting of local government and business leaders. Muldoon is concerned because large crowds have already begun to visit the Park. Due to this, park-goers will need to make a reservation. This will take effect beginning May 21st thru September 1st. This applies to all day visitor and extends to annual and lifetime pass holders. Visitors who have overnight reservations at hotels and campgrounds inside the park don’t need to make day-use reservations, nor do those with wilderness and Half Dome permits or visitors entering the park via YARTS buses or who are on permitted commercial tours. Park reservations can be made at recreation.gov starting at 8:00 a.m. on April 21, 2021.
By Susan Sherren- 4/13/21 12:27 PM CST
Paris is an incredible city, one of the most visited in the world. Traveling to Paris during the spring is an unbelievably beautiful time to go. You'll likely miss the crowds and warmer temperatures. You can also take advantage of regularly scheduled events like the ballet. During the summer the crowds descend on Paris and the locals flee to the South and go on holidays outside of the country. While visiting Paris is not an option for many of us this spring due to the pandemic, we can celebrate all things Parisian and make future plans to visit this stunning city. France is currently experiencing another lockdown that will last until early May. President Emmanuel Macron has struggled to get France's COVID-19 situation under control resulting in rolling lockdowns. Disneyland- Paris also remains closed for now. This however, is a perfect time to plan for a future visit. For now let us all celebrate Paris- 'City of Light' (La Ville Lumière). Visit the Paris Tourist Office for the most up to date events.
By Susan Sherren, April 12, 2021 4:42 PM CS
During an April 7 press conference, President of French Polynesia, Edouard Fritch, stated Tahiti will open to international tourism on May 1, 2021. New protocols for visitors will be posted on tahititourism.com. The main island of Tahiti is just one of 118 islands in French Polynesia. Some of the most visited islands include, Bora Bora, Morea, Marquesas and the least populated Gambier Islands. We can help you build a bespoke itinerary that ticks all the boxes. Whether you are honeymoon bound or just need a restful break we know the most desirable hotels, locations and can plan an amazing adventure just for you. We would like to celebrate all Tahiti offers this year!
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