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 May 3, 2022.

France started welcoming American travelers back last year, and our travelers who have gone enjoyed the smaller crowds in this world-famous destination.

Traveling to France is pretty straightforward if you are vaccinated. Recently, even the travel requirements for unvaccinated travelers have become easier, and you can enter with a negative COVID test.

See all our culinary tours in France.

France Travel Restrictions and Entry Requirements

The famous cliffs of Etretat in Normandy, France.What is necessary to be considered a “vaccinated traveler” in France? You must have completed your Covid vaccination schedule (2 weeks past your second dose, or 2 weeks past your single dose of Johnson and Johnson) AND have received the booster if your second shot was more than 9 months before your travel.

Alternately, you can also show a certificate of recovery from COVID if it is not more than 6 months old, or you can enter with a negative COVID test.

All travelers must also attest to being symptom-free and to not having been exposed to COVID in the previous 14 days. All travelers may also be required to complete a passenger locator form, either online or on paper.

Vaccine Pass and Health Pass

France suspended the use of the Vaccine Pass and the Health Pass on March 14 of this year, except to enter hospitals and nursing homes.

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 with only a small penalty up to 60 days prior to the trip start date. (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 Brittany 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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