Things you need to know before booking your travel to France
France, the most visited country in Europe is now reopening for travel. Read more to find out what you should consider before booking your travel to France.
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Who can travel to France?
Right now, France allows visitors coming from the European Union, as well as third-party nations agreed by the European Comission. Visitors from the following countries are allowed to enter France with no restrictions of quarantine or testing:
United Kingdom visitors are also permitted to enter France in a reciprocal agreement. However, they are subject to a 14-day quarantine.
Overseas French Territories
The other French territories have different conditions for incoming visitors.
- Caribbean islands of Guadeloupe, Martinique, Saint-Barthélémy, and Saint-Martin allow entry for all visitors. However, all incoming passengers must provide a negative PCR test result issued 3 days before arrival. The island of French Guiana is not yet open for tourism unless it is for urgent reasons.
- The Indian Ocean island of Réunion is now open of all incoming visitors. They must provide a negative PCR test result issued 72 hours before arrival. However, visitors are not allowed to enter Mayotte unless it is for emergency reasons.
- The Pacific Islands of French Polynesia will allow all tourists starting July 15th. However, the islands of New Caledonia remain closed for international travelers until July 31st.
What are the conditions for travel to France?
The Government requires visitors to wear a mask in the following conditions:
- On public transportation
- On taxis and other ride-sharing journeys
- During visits at museums and landmarks
What is open
Several activities in France are now open for tourists, such as museums and landmarks. Other areas, such as parks, beaches, casinos and cinemas are also open. In addition, restaurants and bars are open if they comply with the imposed health protocols. Furthermore, starting July 11th, river cruises are allowed, as well as stadiums and racetracks with a capacity of maximum 5000 people.
What is not open
On the black list are large gatherings, such as festivals and sports events. Nightclubs remain closed until at least September. Moreover, boats and ferries with more than 100 passengers cannot dock in Corsica or any other French overseas territories.
What is the COVID-19 situation in France right now?
After finding out if you can travel to France, you should definitely know more about the pandemic situation in the country.
To date, France has cumulated 170,752 cases and 30,004 deaths. There are 62,360 active cases. The daily number of new cases has decreased considerably since April, now averaging at 500 cases per day. You can find out more about the situation per region here.
The best cities to visit in France
We comprised a list of the most iconic cities to visit in France. You can find them below.
Paris is the capital city of France and the second most visited destination in the world after Bangkok. The city has everything a traveler may need. It is full of history and cultural sites, as well as fun museums and parks. Check out places to stay in Paris.
Toulouse is the main hub of the European Aviation industry, home to Airbus headquarters. The city also hosts two UNESCO World Heritage sites, namely the Canal Du Midi and the Basilica of Saint Sernin. Find places to stay in Toulouse here.
Marseille is the second largest city in France after Paris. It is also the biggest city on the Mediterranean coast and a popular tourism hotspot. You can check out places to stay in Marseille here.
Lyon is the third-largest city in France and it is well known for its historic and cultural landmarks, as well as its cuisine. Check places to stay in Lyon here.
Bordeaux is a port-city situated in the Southwestern part of the country. The entire region is well-known for its vineyards and wines. Find the best accommodation in Bordeaux here.
The best places to visit in France
France is home to 45 UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Out of these, 39 are cultural, 5 are natural and 1 mixed. Below you can find a list of the top tourist attractions in France.
- Eiffel Tower
- Louvre Museum
- Palace of Versailles
- Sacre-Coeur Basilica
- Mont-Saint Michel Monastery
- Chambord Castle
- Chenonceau Castle
- Fontainebleau Castle
- Amboise Castle
- Disneyland Paris
How to stay safe during your travel to France
France advises travelers to follow the general guidance rules, such as:
- Keeping social distancing measures and avoiding hand shakes, hugs and kisses on the cheeks.
- Maintaining high-levels of hygiene, such as washing hands frequently, sneezing and coughing in single-use tissues.
- Wearing masks in crowded places where social distancing is not possible.
- Staying at home or accommodation if you feel sick and avoid contact with others.
Did you find this article useful? You can also check out which countries are open now in Europe or what travel insurance companies cover for COVID-19.