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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
For 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.
Paris 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.
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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