Traveling to France on Our French Culinary Vacations: Status Update

A field of lavender during the summer in Provence on a culinary tour of France with The International Kitchen.Updated June 10, 2021.

French President Emmanuel Macron announced in May the reopening plans for France, and June 9th was pinpointed as the date international travel to France would officially resume. We are happy to say that the plan held, and France is officially open again to U.S. travelers!

What does this mean for travelers who have been asking, “When can I travel to France?” 

It means that now is the time to start planning for your summer and fall travel! 

See all our culinary tours in France.

France Reopening Timeline

The famous cliffs of Etretat in Normandy, France.June 9th saw several measures lifted, including allowing indoor dining at cafes and restaurants (with capacity limits), cultural and sports events for those who have been vaccinated. There is still a curfew in place from 11pm to 6 am. Most importantly, June 9th saw the reopening of the borders to foreign visitors who can show proof of vaccination and a negative COVID test. 

The harbor of the town of St. Tropez on the French Cote d'Azur during a Provence cooking vacation with The International Kitchen.

France has not specified the type of proof of vaccination required, but for the moment, the Consulate General of France has indicated your CDC vaccination card will suffice. You will also need either a negative COVID PCR test conducted within the 72 hours prior to departure OR a negative COVID antigen test performed within the 48 hours prior to departure.

We are still awaiting specifics on the requirements for the digital “health pass” or “green pass,” expected to be in place by July. We will continue to update you as we learn more.

If you have not been vaccinated, you may not enter France for tourism purposes (although you may still be able to enter for essential travel).

The beautiful port city of Nice in Provence, France.You can find more up-to-date information on the status of the pandemic and vaccinations in France at the US Embassy in France website, as well as on the website of the French Embassy in the U.S. You can also find information on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website. Or, check out the France page of Reopen Europa’s website.

Booking Our Culinary Vacations in France

The beautiful town of Annecy in the French Alps, visited during a culinary vacation in France with The International Kitchen.Our partners in France look forward to welcoming our travelers back on our amazing and authentic culinary vacations in France. We’ve worked with them to make it easier to book our French culinary vacations than ever, with dozens of Worry-Free Trips. These trips allow you to cancel your tour without penalty up to 31 days prior to the trip start date and receive a full refund of your deposit. (See qualifying trips and restrictions here.)

Although travel is expected to return with a bang, we also anticipate that this year will see fewer international tourists and smaller crowds than in the past, making it an ideal time to take that bucket-list trip to France of which you’ve always dreamed. 

Choosing a Culinary Vacation in France

A charming French cafe during our France cooking vacations.You might very well be thinking, “How do I choose a culinary vacation in France?” After all, we have a wonderful variety of cooking vacations in France, from the northern shores of Normandy to the sunny fields of southern Provence. 

The best place to start planning your culinary vacation in France is on our website, where we offer detailed itineraries and pricing. But you can also contact us for recommendations. We love to talk to prospective travelers about our culinary vacations in France, and we’d be happy to help you choose the perfect trip. 

The Pont du Gard in ProvenceFor instance, if you are looking for a more intensive cooking vacation with plenty of hands-on instruction, check out our Flavors of the Languedoc and Cuisine and Culture of Provence culinary vacations in France. 

Or, if you want to explore beautiful new towns, why not head to Aix-en-Provence or Reims in the heart of Champagne country for our wonderful French food and wine tours? 

The Eiffel Tower in Paris as seen during a culinary tour with TIKParis is always a perfect destination, and we offer many tours there, including our Parisian Rendezvous culinary vacation. 

You can head off the beaten path to the French Alps and stay in a French chalet while cooking vegetarian fare with your hostess. 

Or, journey to the land of French kings on our Grand Tour of the Loire: Wine & Chateaux or Biking through a Loire Valley Wine Tour culinary vacations in France. 

The produce market on our Paris food tours and Paris cooking classes.If you are anxious to get back to traveling after these long months stuck at home, book one of our authentic culinary vacations in France. It will be an experience you won’t forget, and a perfect way to indulge yourself after a very long year. 

Contact us to get started!

By Peg Kern

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