Traveling to France on Our French Culinary Vacations: Status Update

September 13, 2021  |  By Peg Kern
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A field of lavender during the summer in Provence on a culinary tour of France with The International Kitchen.Updated September 13, 2021.

France started welcoming American travelers back on June 9th of this year, and our culinary travelers to France have been enjoying their travels there.

Starting September 13, France has announced that vaccinated US travelers are still permitted entry to France for tourism purposes. Unvaccinated US travelers, however, will have to present a negative COVID test and self-isolate for 7 days.

This means that traveling to France is pretty straightforward if you are vaccinated. If you are unvaccinated, we recommend that you get vaccinated before traveling to France.

See all our culinary tours in France.

France Travel Restrictions and Entry Requirements

The famous cliffs of Etretat in Normandy, France.Summer saw most of the COVID restrictions within France ending, including the reopening of the borders to foreign tourists who can show proof of vaccination. France has been accepting the CDC card as proof of vaccination for American travelers.  

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

If you are not fully vaccinated, you will need a negative COVID test conducted prior to departure as well as upon arrival, AND you will need to self-isolate for 7 days before repeating the test. This effectively eliminates travel to France for most unvaccinated passengers.

All travelers must also attest to being symptom-free and to not having been exposed to COVID in the previous 14 days.

Digital Health Pass

France announced that starting in August, the French Health Pass is necessary to enter many public places, including restaurants and museums. Vaccinated US travelers can “convert” their CDC vaccination card into a health pass here: https://www.demarches-simplifiees.fr/commencer/passe-sanitaire-etrangers?locale=en

You will need a copy of your passport, your CDC card, and your plane ticket. You will be required to create an account. Please note that the site is partly in English, partly in French, so when they ask for your country of origin you must put “ETATS UNIS” instead of the United States.

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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