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.