By Susan Sherren for Couture Trips Published 6/15/21 5:33 P M CST
Yes, it has been quite awhile since many of us have basked in the sun near the Seine River or tasted a delicious macaroon. We haven't even been able to enjoy strolling the vast hallways of the Louvre Museum either. The pandemic resulted in massive border closures throughout the world as countries grappled with containing the pandemic within their protected borders. France officially opened to Americans wishing to visit their stunning country on June 9, 2021. Those who work in the tourism industry are exuberantly waiting to reignite tourism! “Are we ready?” says David Mebane, founder and CEO of the Austin-based Fat Tire Tours, a bicycle tour company with hubs in eight foreign cities, including Paris. “Desperately ready. We’ve been ready. Chomping at the bit. I don’t know what other idioms I can come up with. We are so looking forward to getting back to what we do best: having fun and showing people around the European cities we love.” Many travelers are also chomping at the bit to fly back to one of the most amazing countries on the planet. Oh, how we have missed Paris! Vaccinated visitors from “orange” countries—including the U.S. no longer need to quarantine on arrival or justify the reasons for their trip to France. They will, however, still be asked for a negative COVID-19 PCR test no older than 72 hours, or a negative antigenic test procured no more than 48 hours prior to arrival. Unvaccinated children will be allowed in with vaccinated adults, but those age 11 and older will have to show a negative test
All international arrivals to the United States—including returning U.S. citizens—must provide proof of a laboratory-generated negative COVID-19 test result procured no more than three days prior to departure to the U.S. The test must be either a viral antigen test or a nucleic acid amplification test (NAAT), such as a polymerase chain (PCR) test. There is currently no exception for those who have been vaccinated for COVID-19. You can watch Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne welcome back tourist to France by clicking the link (Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne). While many are welcoming tourists back to France, being vaccinated is encouraged and recommended. Visit www.travel.state.gov for the most up to date requirements for travel. We are excited to begin helping our clients return to France. We have some stunning itineraries for France. Click the button below to start planning your next great escape to France.