France Is Reopening – What You Need To Know For Summer Travel

With the summer holiday season on the horizon, countries are hoping to capitalize on lower infection rates and successful vaccination efforts to boost their tourism industries. One such nation looking to reopen shortly is France. With this in mind, let’s take a look at what the country’s travel situation is set to be like in the coming months.

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Air France has increased its long-haul leisure schedules. Photo: Vincenzo Pace | Simple Flying

France’s new green list

France is planning to ease its present lockdown on June 9th. According to the BBC, this will see its 9 PM-6 AM curfew shortened to instead start at 11 PM, as well as increased capacities being permitted at indoor venues. This date will also herald the return of non-essential leisure travel in the country, with the government deploying a three-tier ‘traffic light’ system.

Forbes states that France’s green list will feature the EU and Schengen Area, as well as Australia, Israel, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, Singapore, South Korea, and Thailand. Vaccinated travelers from these countries will be permitted to enter France without taking a test or quarantining. Non-vaccinated travelers can enter with a negative PCR test.

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France will allow vaccinated green list travelers to enter without a test or quarantine. Photo: Getty Images

Vaccinated orange list travelers may enter for leisure with a test

The orange list comprises most of the rest of the world, including the UK and US, apart from high-risk countries. Fully vaccinated travelers from these countries may also enter France without quarantining, although they must also present a negative test. Non-vaccinated travelers can only enter France for essential reasons, on production of a negative test. Furthermore, they must undergo a seven-day quarantine, ending with another test.

The strictest restrictions red list countries, where the virus is less well contained and/or there are variants of concern. These are Argentina, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Brazil, Bolivia, Colombia, Costa Rica, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, South Africa, Suriname, Turkey, and Uruguay. Vaccinated travelers from these nations must present a negative test and quarantine for seven days, with the quarantine for non-vaccinated travelers increasing to 10 days.

Vaccinated travelers from the UK and the US will be able to enter France for leisure. Photo: Getty Images

Delta Air Lines increases French schedules

Corresponding to the increased opportunities for vaccinated US passengers to visit France, Delta has increased its summer schedules to the country. Presently, it has a limited service, operating twice a day from its Atlanta hub to Paris CDG. It is also flying daily from New York JFK to CDG, with the French capital also being served three times a week from Detroit.

However, in light of the upcoming reopening, the US legacy carrier will supplement these services with additional flights. July will see it introduce a thrice-weekly service from Minneapolis to Paris, with a daily Boston-Paris rotation coming in the following month. Paris won’t be the only destination, with a thrice-weekly JFK-Nice service beginning in July.

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Delta will primarily fly the Airbus A330 to Paris this summer. Photo: Vincenzo Pace | Simple Flying

Air France also boosting timetables

Delta is not the only airline to have recently upped its French long-haul operations. Air France has also added nearly 100 weekly flights to its long-haul leisure destinations in areas such as the Caribbean. While aimed at allowing French residents to visit such locations, these flights will also add opportunities for travel from these territories to France.

These services will depart from Paris’s Charles de Gaulle and Orly airports, operating at various frequencies. The lowest will be three times a week from CDG to Cayenne (French Guiana), Papeete (French Polynesia), and Santo Domingo (Dominican Republic). At the other end of the spectrum, Pointe-à-Pitre (Guadeloupe), Fort-de-France (Martinique), and Saint-Denis de La Réunion will see as many as 14 flights a week from Paris Orly.

What do you make of France’s summer reopening plans? Do you plan to visit the country this year? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

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