France lifts COVID-19 ban for vaccinated travelers from 38 countries

Zarrin Ahmed
Wednesday begins a new color-coded set of travel restrictions in France for foreign travelers. File Photo by Toussaint Kluiters/EPA-EFE
Wednesday begins a new color-coded set of travel restrictions in France for foreign travelers. File Photo by Toussaint Kluiters/EPA-EFE

June 9 (UPI) -- The government of France on Wednesday eased COVID-19 restrictions on foreign travelers from dozens of countries, including the United States.

A new color-coded travel system took effect that spells out which foreigners can enter France under varying circumstances.


There are no restrictions for vaccinated travelers from "green" nations -- European Union countries, Australia, Israel, Japan, Lebanon, New Zealand, Singapore and South Korea. Unvaccinated travelers from those nations must show a recent negative COVID-19 antigen or PCR test.

In all, vaccinated travelers from 38 nations in the "green" classification can enter France without restriction.

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For travel to and from "orange" countries -- Britain, North America and almost all of Asia and Africa -- vaccinated passengers must provide a recent negative COVID-19 test. Unvaccinated travelers can only enter France for emergencies and are required to self-quarantine for seven days upon arrival.

Travelers from all other nations not in the aforementioned color categories, including India, South Africa, Turkey and most of South America, must provide a valid reason for entry and a negative test result. Additionally, they have to quarantine for up to 10 days.

The relaxing of restrictions follows weeks of declining coronavirus figures across France.

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Also beginning Wednesday, a national curfew will be pushed back by two hours to 11 p.m. Gatherings of more than 10 people are prohibited, and all other events and activities require people to wear face masks.

France also is enacting a new health pass for its citizens, enabling them to attend activities with large crowds. The pass proves that the individual is fully vaccinated and has either tested positive for the virus more than 15 days ago and within the last six months or tested negative with a recent PCR test.

The health pass will allow access to gatherings of more than 1,000 people, including indoor and outdoor sporting events, cultural venues, casinos, festivals, trade shows and fairs.

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Cinemas, spectator sports, zoos and theaters can operate at up to 65% of capacity. Restaurants, outdoor terraces, indoor swimming pools, indoor gyms, casinos, trade shows and fairs can allow up to 50%.

Any crowds with over 1,000 people will require that all attendees have a health pass.

With the goal of staving off a mass return to offices, employers are asked to set a minimum number of days a week for remote work, when possible. The public sector has a set minimum of three days a week of remote work.

Wednesday's measures are the second-to-last in Paris' plans to ease all coronavirus-related restrictions by this summer.

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