Can I holiday in France? The rules and which is open to tourists


France has lifted the border restrictions for European countries on June 15.The president Macron also stated that, since the 1st of July, border restrictions for countries outside the European Union will be slowly lifted, in particular for the countries that have the epidemic “under control”. However, there is no more information available at the present time to the non-European national tourists.

Visitors from the UK can visit, but are encouraged to self-isolate for 14 days (or less, depending on length of stay), as a measure of reciprocity with the united KINGDOM, which has made the quarantine mandatory for every check-in from France and elsewhere, at least until the 28th of June.

Current FCO travel advice for Britons travelling to France

The Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) advises avoiding travel to France, except if it is essential. This advice is kept under constant review, but this means that Uk travel insurance policies are currently at risk of being invalidated by the government advice.

For more information: Insurance may be invalid if you visit France from the UK

Visitors to Spain, traveling by plane, guests are also invited to quarantine for 14 days from reciprocity measures with Spain until 21 June.

This quarantine remains voluntary, and the French government calls for individuals to act in a responsible manner. You are free to leave if you decide to do and there are no controls.

Quarantine in France will not be mandatory if you have symptoms of Covid-19 upon arrival in the country. There might be health checks, to your arrival, this is particularly the case at Paris-Charles de Gaulle airport.

To learn more: Do I need to quarantine if I go to France?

Are hotels, campsites and restaurants open in France?

Hotels, bed and breakfasts and campsites are now open to the public, as well as cafes, bars and restaurants.

The Restaurants are limited to tables of ten people maximum. When going to a restaurant, a mask is required when walking inside, but can be removed when it is sitting. The staff must also wear a mask.

Beaches, lakes, rivers can also be visited. The restriction to make beaches accessible only for the physical activity (swimming, running, walking, etc) has been lifted two weeks ago.

Now you can stay on the beach and enjoy the sun or have a picnic. However, gatherings of more than ten persons are not allowed in any public space in general, including on the beaches.

Read more: the Masks; What are the rules for the beaches and camping sites in France?

Swimming pools open in the most of France on 2 June and will be open in the Ile-de-France on the 22nd of June.

This topic of French tourist attractions like Disneyland Paris?

Most of the museums, monuments, zoos and theme parks are open but a mask is required to visit. Some are still closed, but they are slowly reopening. The Eiffel Tower will be open to visitors, June 25. The Mucem in Marseille was opened on the 29th of June. Disneyland Paris is currently closed until further notice. However, the Puy du Fou and Futuroscope theme parks are open.

Movie theatres will be opened all over France on 22 June. Nightclubs will remain closed until further notice.

If you plan to travel by train, reservations are compulsory, even for the regional trains (TER) and the port of the mask is mandatory for public transport; this includes buses, trains, trams and the metro.

The government recommends that people continue to respect the virus-protection measures: wash your hands regularly, cough and sneeze into your elbow, use a tissue, avoid touching your face, avoid kissing and shaking hands, and keeping a meter of distance between you and others.

If the one meter distance between you and the other can not be met, it is recommended to wear a mask.


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