The Prime Minister of France has announced on Twitter that the country will begin reopening to tourists starting on June 15th.
À l’intérieur de l’Europe, l’épidémie ralentit : la France sera favorable à une réouverture des frontières intérieures de l’Europe à compter du 15 juin si la situation sanitaire le permet, sans quatorzaine pour les voyageurs en provenance de pays européens. #déconfinement— Edouard Philippe (@EPhilippePM) May 28, 2020
Prime Minister Edouard Philippe announced that France will initially allow countries from Europe to enter the country without a 14 day quarantine.
Travelers within Europe will be able to visit France without any quarantine or restrictions starting on June 15th.
The United Kingdom was also granted entry on June 15 with the other EU nations, but under the assumption of reciprocity. Since the UK was not allowing French travellers in without a 14-day isolation period, France also put UK on a 14-day isolation period. As of July 10th, the UK is now dropping the 14-day isolation period for France, so it’s likely France will respond with the same update.
Spain was granted entry a few days later, on June 22.
Countries that will be permitted to visit France without a 14 day quarantine starting on June 15th:
Republic of Cyprus
last updated: July 3
Breaking Update June 15:
The Ministry of the Interior of France announced that on July 1st they will consider reopening borders to NON-EU/Schengen nations.
“In accordance with the recommendations of the European Commission presented yesterday and inspired by the French proposals, France will also proceed to a gradual opening of its Schengen external borders from July 1. This opening will take place gradually and differently depending on the health situation of the different third countries, and in accordance with the procedures which will have been adopted at European level by then.”
Breaking Update: July 3
Third-Party Countries Permitted Into France
On June 30th, The EU published the list of approved ‘safe’ countries that will be allowed to travel to the European Union for the purpose of tourism starting on July 1st, 2020.
France has responded favourably to the EU’s suggestion by planning to open borders to all of the 15 approved countries, starting on July 1, 2020.
Absent from this list are Ireland, as it already exists on the current countries allowed to visit, and China, which at this time is only included if they also allow French tourists in.
This list of countries is to be regularly updated, at least every two weeks.
As of June 2, bars and restaurants have reopened, as well as some museums, theatres, parks, beaches and cultural attractions.
In Paris, only the restaurant terrasses are allowed to open, but some have been allowed to spread out onto the streets, and they are already packed.
Parisians are flocking to their favourite sidewalk cafés for a cup of coffee with friends (respecting the proper social distancing measures).
Swimming pools, beaches and museums will also be allowed to reopen across France today.
For the French, June 2nd also marks the end of the ban on travelling to a destination further than 100km from one’s residence.
Campgrounds and hotels in the green zones are also permitted to reopen starting today.
The iconic Louvre museum will reopen on July 6 after closing back in March and will require visitors to book time slots in advance, according to officials. Wearing a mask inside will be mandatory as well.
“Visiting conditions will be adapted to adhere strictly to the recommendations made by health authorities, as we want everyone to feel safe at the Louvre, whether they are coming for work or pleasure.
France has recorded more than 189,000 confirmed cases of the coronavirus, behind the UK, Spain, and Italy in Europe, according to Johns Hopkins
Last month, the country started lifting its lockdown, allowing people to leave their homes and many to return to work with social distancing in mind.
More Reopening From July 11
From July 11, which marks the end of the state of health emergency in mainland France:
- River cruises will be permitted again; in coordination with other EU countries, it may be decided to resume sea cruises between European ports for vessels whose capacity does not exceed certain limits
- Stadiums and racetracks will reopen to the public, with a maximum capacity of 5,000 people. As with performance halls, activities involving over 1,500 people must be pre-declared so that the necessary precautions can be guaranteed
- The maximum capacity of 5,000 people for major events, stadiums and performance halls will remain in effect until September 1
- Nightclubs remain closed until further notice
Disclaimer: France’s reopening news is ever-changing and being updated constantly. We do our best to keep this article up to date with all the latest information, but the decision to travel is ultimately your responsibility. Contact your consulate and/or local authorities to confirm your nationality’s entry and/or any changes to travel requirements before traveling.