As of June 9th, France will be open to international travel and tourism for vaccinated individuals, including Americans, as part of their gradual plan for reopening.
After restricting travel, France released a plan to open bars, indoor dining in restaurants, gyms, places of worship, outdoor activities, among other activities by June 30th. Under these new guidelines, countries will be placed into three categories. “Green” countries include those that show no active circulation of the virus or any variants of concern. This includes most of the European area, Australia, South Korea, Israel, Japan, Lebanon, New Zealand, and Singapore.
The majority of the rest of the world is considered to be in the “orange” where the virus is still spreading but no variants are detected. “Red” countries, such as India, South Africa, and Brazil, are where the virus is actively circulating and new variants have been detected. For Americans, being vaccinated is not enough. According to the French government’s travel rulebook, countries that are considered to be in the “orange” code classification, such as the United States, are required to provide proof of vaccination and a negative COVID-19 test upon arrival to the European Union nation.
Those that have yet to be vaccinated still require a negative test but also a compelling reason to travel which is restricted to those with permanent resident status and those enrolled in higher education or working in the transport or healthcare industries. Countries in the “red” category are highly discouraged from traveling to France. However, if one needs to travel to France from a “red” country, travelers are subject to 7-day quarantine if vaccinated and 10-day quarantine if unvaccinated.
By July 1st, France and the rest of European Union nations will have a health card that will allow citizens to travel within the European Union with proof of required vaccinations and other health information deemed necessary. In the United States however, there has been concerns of vaccine passports. Many states such as Arizona, Florida, Georgia, and Texas have barred businesses from requiring proof of vaccination in order to receive a product or service. States such as Hawaii and New York have launched free digital programs for vaccine passports.
As of now, there are no plans for a federal vaccine passport under the current administration. When asked whether the federal government would get involved, White House press secretary Jen Psaki responded, “Our interest is very simple from the federal government, which is Americans’ privacy and rights should be protected, and so that these systems are not used against people unfairly.”
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