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.