June 9, 2021
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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!
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.
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).
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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