France is set to become the latest European country to trial vaccine passports ahead of their planned reopening this June, following Spain’s announcement that they would take similar action earlier in the week.
In anticipation of a busy summer, the country is slowly but surely peeling back its domestic restrictions, before allowing travelers around the world to board planes bound for the wildly popular travel destination. Here’s everything you need to know about this move by the French, along with who is expected to be allowed to enter this summer and what restrictions are set to change.
Vaccine Passport Trial – Information For Travelers
Whilst vaccine passports aren’t exactly a new feature of international travel, the way in which they are now delivered – through an app on a smartphone – is a new feature, and one that several countries and organizations are taking advantage of. Fed up of waiting for the EU’s digital green certificate to become a reality, France has decided to take matters into their own hands with an app of their own.
France’s Covid-19 contact tracing app TousAntiCovid has recently been equipped with a new feature –hosting test results and vaccination records.
The app lets its users upload their results directly onto the platform via scanning a QR code that will be found on documents issued following testing and vaccinations. Officials can then check the validity of the scans through their own app, making it a speedy, secure solution to safe travel.
Speaking about it on Tuesday, France’s Transport Minister Jean-Baptiste Djebbari revealed that the vaccine passport will be tested in the coming weeks on short-haul trips between Paris and the island of Corsica. Following this, its use will be expanded to cover AirFrance/KLM flights to French territories overseas. A successful trial period is likely to see the vaccine passport being rolled out and used on a larger scale.
France’s Plans To Open Up – What Travelers Should Know
Djebbari also revealed that talks with other countries were ongoing, with France targeting “a return to normal of flights in the next weeks and months.” The Transport Ministered specifically highlighted that bilateral talks with the United Kingdom regarding travel arrangements were ongoing, before adding that the United States would be next. France is amongst the most popular overseas destinations for both British and American travelers.
However, travelers from other locations also have reasons to cheer, as the French government also announced that it is planning to foreign tourists to enter the country from June 9th. Access to the country would only be allowed for those who have a “sanitary pass” that confirmed vaccination or testing status, though exact details on what type of pass or vaccine passport will be accepted have yet to be confirmed by the government.
French President Emmanuel Macron revealed a four-step plan for reopening prior to the arrival of any foreign tourists. From May 19th, cafes and restaurants will be permitted to open once more, along with museums, cinemas, theaters and concert halls under certain conditions. Establishments will be forced to open under a curfew until June 30th, when most restrictions are expected to have been lifted. With these restrictions set to come to an end before July, travelers making the trip this summer are bound to get an authentic slice of the French travel experience.
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