By: Susan Sherren for Couture Trips Published: May 2, 2021 4:26 PM CST
After much anticipation, French President Emmanuel Macron has announced a relaxing of border restrictions for visitors outside the European Union. The date of June 9, 2021, was announced recently. This is dependent on cases remaining at low levels and the traveller being able to provide proof of vaccination or negative COVID-19 test. This is also the date on which restaurants and cafes can remain open until 11:00 pm, and scheduled events with 5,000 participants will be given the go-ahead. Beginning May 19, cafes and restaurants will be able to seat up to 6 outdoors with a 9 pm curfew in place. Additionally, museums, theatres, concert halls, and non-essential shops will also be permitted to reopen with capacity restrictions. This is welcome news to Americans who have been restricted from travelling to France since early in 2020.
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According to the World Health Organization.France has documented more than 5.5 million COVID-19 cases and more than 103,000 deaths. Visitors from countries such as India and Brazil will still be required to quarantine for 10 days upon arrival to France. The U.S's aggressive vaccination roll-out and dropping COVID-19 cases were primary factors that were considered in the loosening of France's travel restrictions. According to Reuters, about 22% of French citizens have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. French school are also slated to open this week."We have taken on the responsibility of the priority on education and the strategy of living with the virus, including with high numbers of infections, higher than those of our neighbours," Macron said, according to the Associated Press. Please check with www.Travel.State.gov prior to making any travel arrangements. We have some amazing France travel itineraries depending on your length of stay and interests. Please visit us at www.couturetrips.com to schedule a free consultation. Merci, France! We have missed you.