Better times to come; Europe and France open their borders to international visitors – fr

Better times to come; Europe and France open their borders to international visitors – fr

Canadians could soon cross the pond to travel to Europe in general and France in particular.

The European Commission announced on Monday that it plans to ease its travel restrictions, which is good news for Canadians who want to visit when the time comes, as well as Canadian tour operators and airlines. French officials, meanwhile, say they will open their doors to foreign visitors with a “health pass” from June 9.


The executive group of the European Commission said on Monday that it recommended that entry into the EU for non-essential reasons be allowed “not only for all people coming from countries where the epidemiological situation is good, but also for all people who received the last recommended dose of an EU. -an authorized vaccine. This could be extended to vaccines that have completed the WHO emergency use list process, ”the executive group said in a statement.

According to the EU website, the four vaccines approved by the European Commission are Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson. The site says EU member states should allow travel for those who received their second inoculation at least 14 days before arrival.

The BBC reports that the EU currently only allows non-essential travel from seven countries.

“It’s time to revive the EU tourism industry and rekindle cross-border friendships – safe,” Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission, said on Twitter. “We propose to welcome once again visitors who have been vaccinated and those coming from healthy countries.”

The recommendation contains a so-called ’emergency brake’ provision that would allow member states to ban all travel from countries with emerging COVID-19 variants of concern.

The proposal requires the approval of member states, and the Commission hopes it will be adopted by the end of the month, so that it can enter into force on June 1, Forbes said.

Several European countries are already mobilizing to welcome visitors in the hope of reviving their tourist economy. Greece has started allowing tourists from the United States and a number of other countries who are vaccinated or have evidence of negative COVID-19 tests, and will open the doors more widely on May 15. Spain said they hoped to welcome at least a few people. travelers in June.

Canadians are still being asked to stay home, but that could change over the next two months as vaccines roll out and the number of COVID-19 across the country (with a few exceptions) continues to slowly decline. .

Mont Saint Michel (PHoto via Amaustan / Wikimedia Commons)


According to the French authorities, if the health situation allows, international visitors from outside the EU will be admitted from June 9, 2021, with a special health pass which would allow proof of vaccination to be presented, or a PCR test. negative or proof of their immunity (Covid recovery certificate). The pass will be in the form of a QR code, in paper or digital format.

Atout France said that, with the terms and conditions of the health pass not yet known, Canadian tourists wishing to travel to France should check the entry clearance rules before purchasing their tickets. Information will soon be available on the website of the French Embassy in Canada.

In addition, anyone planning to travel or live outside of Canada should read the Canadian government travel reports and warnings as well as the conditions for returning to Canada.

Here is an overview of the changes underway in France.

May 3: interregional travel is no longer limited

May 19: Stores and businesses can reopen with restrictions. Reopening of outdoor cafes and restaurants with no more than six people per table. Museums and theaters can reopen with a maximum capacity of 800 indoors and 1,000 outdoors. Reopening of indoor and outdoor sports facilities with a maximum capacity of 800 indoor and 1000 outdoor seats

June 9: Open to foreign tourists (subject to health card). Reopening of the indoor dining room of cafes and restaurants, with a maximum of six people per table. Up to 5,000 people in cultural and sports facilities (subject to health card). The curfew has been moved from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.

June 30: end of the curfew. End of the capacity limit for establishments welcoming the general public (social exclusion and other protective measures remain in place). Nightclubs remain closed


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