Visitors are welcome in France as the EU announces hopes to reopen its external borders from July 1

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The French railway company SNCF accepts summer travel reservations.

Those looking to visit France this summer can breathe a sigh of relief as the EU announced plans for a “gradual and partial” opening of the borders.

Since many EU countries have started to reopen their borders within the EU, there is hope to reopen the external borders from July 1.

Josep Borrell, vice-president of the European Commission, announced on Wednesday that the details would be revealed in the coming days.

As of June 15, the EU’s internal borders are expected to reopen, which means that people should be able to travel freely through the EU bloc, once inside.

Also, from June 29, travel between France and the United Kingdom could also be possible and the round trips in quarantine do not seem so strict on the French side which is voluntary, has exceptions and is more than likely to change when the UK relaxes its rules, hopefully after its June 29 review.

In fact, France has not closed its borders but has instead requested an international travel certificate, only available for health care workers or cross-border workers or those whose permanent residence is in the country.

In July, the French railway company SNCF is preparing to relaunch its buffet car service and has decided that all the seats on its wagons could now be full when the train leaves. Of course, face masks are mandatory in all public transport.

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