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Macron plans to open France for American, European and other vaccinated tourists


The French President Emmanuel Macron said that they are looking at possibilities to open France to vaccinated tourists from America and Europe, later this summer. He says that they could travel to Paris if they have been vaccinated or have negative Covid tests. He said that the French government was working on the protocols required for travel from Europe. He did not mention travelers from Great Britain.


Mr. Macron said that the plan was always to control the virus, to maximize the vaccination and to progressively lift the restrictions.


As vaccination drives are gaining momentum travel across nations is a higher possibility. America has vaccinated over half of its adult population and Britain follows close behind. Israel has already allowed mask free movement outside. In the recent week, Europe has been steadily increasing its vaccination numbers and could soon catch up with Britain.


However, he did say that there would be tough restrictions for travelers from four countries including Argentina, Chile, South Africa and Brazil as these countries have been at the forefront of having highly contagious and transmissible variants of the coronavirus.


Travelers from these four countries would be permitted only if they are French nationals and their families or if they are EU or other country citizens who have a permanent home in France.


On Saturday, the foreign minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said that the list of countries could grow. Restrictions would  include mandatory quarantine for 10 days. Police will ensure that people arriving in France observe the rules.



The suspension of flights from Brazil will be lifted on Saturday and the new restrictions will be put in place progressively.


France is one of the countries in the EU which has suffered a lot during the pandemic and it is currently responding by implementing new restrictions. Travelers have to follow the rules and would be fined if they are found to be in violation of these rules when the police check on them.


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