France is back in business as a tourist destination after opening its borders Wednesday to foreign visitors from the United States, Britain and elsewhere who are inoculated from the coronavirus with vaccines approved by the European Union’s drugs agency.
France’s approval of just the Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson vaccines means tourism is very likely to be slow to pick up from China and other nations which use vaccines not approved by the European Medicines Agency.
Without one of those four vaccines, non-EU visitors will still need to show that they have a compelling reason to go to France and quarantine on arrival.
Still, the potential return of vacationers from the USA, Britain and other countries was hailed as good information by French tourism employees.
France reopened the exact same day because of its neighbor to the west, Spain.
Vaccinated Americans may travel from the U.S. into Spain if they provide a QR code in the Spain Travel Health portal site and a vaccination certificate showing that they were vaccinated at least 14 days prior arrival. U.S. kids under age 6 do not require any particular requirements to enter the country with their parents that are vaccinated. However, kids age 6 and up will need their own vaccination certificate or adverse results from a COVID-19 evaluation taken within 48 hours before arriving in Spain. Alternately, a medical certificate demonstrating recovery from COVID-19 would also be approved.
Meanwhile, the airlines are putting pressure on President Biden and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson to reopen that the United States and United Kingdom to shut international travelers, asserting that it’s safe to do this given falling COVID infection prices. They expressed hope that the two politicians will handle the issue in this weekend’s G7 summit in England.
Currently, Americans who want to travel to the U.K. must quarantine. Meanwhile, the U.S. has stayed largely off-limits to most foreigners for over a year. Those who do come need a negative COVID evaluation to board flights. On his way from office, former President Donald Trump rescinded traveling outlawed, only for Biden to reimpose the orders when he came to office in late January.