An interesting mix of medieval cities, tranquil villages, serene beaches and classic museums, France is undoubtedly one of the world’s most romantic countries. The capital city, Paris, is spotted with instantly recognizable landmarks such as the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre Museum. Take a walk along the cobbled streets of Paris, indulge in a croissant at one of the many Parisian cafes and enjoy its vibrant nightlife.
Is it safe travelling to France after COVID 19?
The COVID-19 situation in France is constantly evolving and the jury is still out on when the country will open its international borders to non-essential travelers, especially tourists. As the number of new cases has begun to stabilize, the country has etched out a plan of recovery that will allow non-essential travelers to enter the country only after August.
Easing Travel Restrictions and Lockdown Measures
France laid down their reopening plan by the last week of April starting the process by 11th May by opening shops and allowing people to leave their home without a permit. The prime minister of France has announced the country will start opening for tourists from June 18. With the slow and steady reopening process they aim to achieve the ‘new normal’ by July.
There will be a compulsory 14 day quarantine period except for EU visitors.
Updates on Travel Restriction in France
Domestic travel According to IATA President Alexandre de Juniac, domestic travel has been allowed from mid June. The country is also getting ready for tourists.
International Travel Currently the country has allowed nationals of European Union countries, Andorra, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway, San Marino, Switzerland, Spain, the Vatican, Australia, Canada, Japan, Algeria, Georgia, Morocco, New Zealand, South Korea, Thailand, Uruguay and United Kingdom to enter. Nationals of EU nations can avoid the 14 day quarantine period.
Where to go in France
Paris offers an array of iconic experiences such as witnessing the Eiffel tower and exploring the impressive Louver Museum. However, there is much more to France than Paris. Be it gliding down the slopes of the snow-capped Alps, paying tribute to years bygone at the elaborate Versailles Palace or offering a prayer at the Notre Dame Cathedral, this country will not disappoint.
Things to do in France
From the cliff-top village of Rocamadour to the ancient Roman city of Nimes, France offers a variety of cultural and gastronomic experiences. Don’t forget to visit France’s wine capital- Bordeaux - for a glass of sparkling.
New Rules and Reopening of Tourist Attractions in France
France is one of the most historically and culturally rich nations in Europe. Its elaborate architecture and classic artworks bring together a distinguished, yet subtle artistic heritage that can be experienced everywhere in the country. Walk along the winding bylanes of the Old Quarters, look out for iconic landmarks as you cruise down the Seine river and marvel at the illustrious Versailles Palace.
Away from the Crowd
While Paris has undoubtedly created a name for itself among visitors, France has many other equally exciting and beautiful destinations to offer. Monet’s hometown Giverny, the historic island of Mont Saint-Michel and the vineyards of Champagne are merely a few of these hidden gems.
Entry and Exit
In response to the threat that COVID-19 poses, most foreign nationals are denied entry into the country except in certain exceptional cases. However, this is set to change from July 1.
- Domestic flights have resumed at limited capacity.
- International flights are still limited to essential travellers, government officials, repatriated citizens and nationals of European Union countries, Andorra, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway, San Marino, Switzerland, Spain, the Vatican, Australia, Canada, Japan, Algeria, Georgia, Morocco, New Zealand, South Korea, Thailand, Uruguay and United Kingdom.
- Airlines are running at limited frequency and capacity. Strict measures have been employed at the airports as well as on board the flights to ensure the safety of passengers and the crew.
- Quarantine rules still apply to all incoming international passengers except nationals of United Nations.
Post COVID Travel Essentials for France
You must be wondering about what measures and safety guidelines to follow before and during your trip. This section takes you through everything you need to know to plan a safe trip, including visa and passport essentials, travel insurance, what to pack, etc.
N-95 masks N95 mask is a global-standard respirator mask that is made from polypropylene and can filter out at least 95% of very small (0.3 micron) particles. N95 masks are also capable of filtering out all types of pathogens, including bacteria and viruses. With mandatory use of masks across airports and all forms of social interactions, it's mandatory that you carry at least 2 masks with yourself.
Gloves Non-sterile patient examination gloves, which are routinely used in healthcare settings, are appropriate for keeping your hands from getting contaminated. Remember to carry a bunch due to their disposable nature.
Hand sanitizer Hand sanitizers sold in pharmacies typically have an alcohol concentration of around 60%. It has been observed that hand sanitizers with at least 60% alcohol concentration work effectively and can inactive the novel coronavirus. Though most attractions are reopening with sanitisation stations, it's only beneficial to carry your own in case you run into an emergency.
Portable charger We all understand the value of staying connected in these times. As travel in the post COVID world moves towards a more contact-free and digital experience, it’s important that you always carry a portable charger when you travel.
Digital thermometer & first-aid kit You can prevent unnecessary trips to the hospital if you carry a first-aid kit with yourself. Take a digital thermometer along as they’re durable and you can keep a regular check on your body temperature.
Extra clothes Carry an extra pair of clothes with you that you wear only at the airports or other places with heavy footfall while traveling. While catching the air-borne virus can be prevented by wearing masks and social distancing, carrying an extra pair of clothes just minimises the risk that much further.
Ziplock bags Use zip lock bags to isolate pieces of clothing or items that you will not be using again. This will prevent any possibility of cross-contamination.
Wash your hands frequently Wash your hands with soap regularly and thoroughly to remove pathogens. You can also use alcohol-based sanitizers with at least 60% alcohol to kill bacteria and viruses.
Maintain distance and avoid close contact (6 feet or 2 arms length) Maintain at least 6feet distance between yourself and others. When someone coughs or sneezes, or speaks they spray small liquid droplets from their nose or mouth which may contain virus.
Always wear a mask in public Since COVID-19 is a respiratory disease and is air-borne, wear a mask, coupled with social distancing to prevent getting infected and/or spreading it to others.
Clean and disinfect surfaces Clean surfaces using soap and water, then use disinfectant. Cleaning with soap and water reduces the number of germs, dirt and impurities on the surface. Disinfecting kills germs on surfaces.
Travel insurance is now going to become even more important than it was. Whether it’s regarding flight cancellations or medical emergencies, insurance while traveling is going to play a major part in our travel planning and expenses. There are 5 major types of insurances available for you to consider:
Trip Cancellation These insurances cover you if you were to cancel your trip due to unforeseen events such as illness, injury, or death suffered by the insured or a member of the insured’s immediate family. Some policies however exclude trip cancellation in the event of war or civil disturbance.
Flight Delay/Cancellation Flight delay/cancellation insurance pays for new travel arrangements/flight tickets and in some cases, accommodations and meals. This depends on your provider so read your policy carefully.
Medical Insurance Medical insurance covers the cost of transportation in case of emergency medical evacuation, due to injury or sickness. Some medical insurances also cover COVID-19 infections should you get infected after the effective policy date.
You may sometimes end up having to pay up front for your medical services, which will then be reimbursed by your insurance company. In other cases, the insurance company will provide “proof of direct payment” to the healthcare provider.
Baggage Loss Baggage loss insures you in case your luggage is lost, delayed, or stolen. It sometimes includes a cash payment if your bags are delayed for more than 12/24 hours after you arrive at your destination.
Travel Document Protection Travel document protection insurance covers you so that you can replace a lost passport or other travel documents.
Seek medical attention if you have any of the following symptoms:
- Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
- Troubled breathing
- New confusion
- Inability to wake or stay awake
- Bluish lips or face
If you think you have been exposed to novel coronavirus (COVID-19) or have any of the symptoms mentioned above, seek medical attention immediately.
Virtually Experience the Best Destinations in France
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Post COVID International Travel
The word is reopening again. Pockets of movement and travel bubbles have begun to pop up. While the cautious may stick to their own shores and travel domestically, international travel looks to be slowly recovering. In our extensive report linked below, you can learn about each country’s international travel policies, their current status with regards to COVID-19 numbers and the travel regulations in place.
The report also looks at 500+ major tourist attractions around the world and regularly updates their opening dates and rules of visiting in real-time. We also take a close look at how COVID-19 will impact the way we make our travel plans - picking destinations, choosing the right time to visit, packing essentials and more. Click on a link to read more.