When can I travel to France? Tourists will return from June 15

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Next Monday, June 15 turns out to be a great day for anyone still dreaming of a European summer getaway. Countries like Greece and Iceland have already said they would open their borders to at least some travelers. And yesterday, the European Commission released recommendations that all other EU and Schengen travel zone countries also lift border restrictions.Now the number of countries opening their borders has increased by one, and that’s a big one: France will also welcome foreign visitors from June 15.

Until yesterday, the government had declared that it did not intend to reopen to tourism until this date. But last night Christopher Castaner, the country’s interior minister, said in a tweet: “I welcome the recommendation of the European Commission.

“This is in line with France’s proposals: lifting restrictions on intra-European borders on June 15 and opening the external borders of the Schengen area from July 1, depending on the situation in each country. “

In other words: travelers from across the EU and the Schengen area of ​​free movement should be able to travel to France from Monday. Decisions concerning non-EU countries and Schengen will be taken after July 1. French President Emmanuel Macron is expected to clarify the measures in a speech to the nation on Sunday evening.

Since June 2, French hotels have been allowed to reopen, and residents have been able to travel more than 100 km from their home. Cafes, restaurants, parks, gardens and many great museums are now open across the country.
The new announcement will give new hope to millions of people looking for a zest for life over the next few months. The big catch: visitors arriving from the UK or Spain will still be subject to a 14-day self-isolation period upon arrival, in exchange for the current quarantine of these two countries on arriving travelers. What is French for “bummer”?

When can we travel again? Here’s what we know so far.

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