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Starting today, August 1ststr 2022, France has officially ended all Covid restrictions for international travelers. As the country fully reopens, travelers will no more need to test before arrival.
Travelers will too there is no need to submit proof of recovery from Covid-19 AND they will not require proof that they have been vaccinated. Travelers will there is no longer a need to have a ‘compelling reason’ to enter the country and can come and go as they could before the pandemic.
This is great news for travelers hoping to have a great vacation in France. Hopefully, this will be the final end of all Covid restrictions in the country.
Although France has ended all Covid restrictions starting today, the French government still retains the right to activate “emergency containment” measures for up to two months in the event of a new variant or significant increase in cases. This contingency of “emergency brakes” is valid until January 31str2023. After the 31st, the Govt cannot reintroduce the measures without the approval of the parliament.
An Open France and Europe
France’s decision to end all Covid restrictions is one more step towards all major European destinations being unrestricted. The Netherlands and Spain are the last remaining major destinations in Europe that still have Covid protocols in place. Both still require proof of vaccination for passengers from certain countries.
The world is easing back to normal after two years of additional travel protocols. As it happens, travelers will surely look for places that have completely abolished their Covid protocols. Testing costs, extra time spent in line, and the general hassle of restrictions have been deterrents for many travelers. Countries that still have them are likely to see fewer tourists than those without restrictions.
Travel is easier, for the most part
While travel will be easier without Covid restrictions, travelers should be wary of delays plaguing airports in France. For example, between July 1str and July 10th, Charles De Gaulle Airport (CDG) in Paris had only 38% of its flights on time. This has become the new normal when flying, it seems. Staff shortages and increased demand have put a lot of pressure on the aviation industry.
It should be noted that Orly Field Airport (ORY), also in Paris, had 79% of its flights on time during the same period between July 1.str and July 10th. If given a choice, travelers are more likely to have a smooth experience flying ORY. The difference between airports can significantly affect travel, making it essential to know which European airports are the best to avoid flight delays.
Another way can be done by travelers visiting France avoid long lines by taking advantage of fast entry when they come to the country. France now allows some non-EU nationalities to come into the country by taking advantage of their Electronic Initial Gates. The gates allow travelers to cross into France without speaking to a border agent. The most significant benefit of this process is the reduction of waiting time, as the lines are usually shorter and faster. Travelers originating from the US, Canada, the UK and several other countries are now allowed to use the system.
Travelers love France
France, and especially Paris, has always been a highly sought-after destination for tourists. Recently, a TikTok survey revealed this Paris was 6thth the most visited destination on the platform, with 11.2 billion views as of May 17th, 2021. Airlines have noticed the increased interest, and French carrier Bee Airline recently announced $281 nonstop flights from Miami to Paris to capitalize on the destination’s popularity. The flights will start this December and will be operated three times a week.
A post-Covid world
As France, Europe and the rest of the world continue to open up without restrictions, travelers are more eager than ever to get back to the way things were before the pandemic. Although staff shortages and supply chain issues still hinder some aspects of travel, the lifting of restrictions is making travel easier for all parties. Travelers, staff, airports and airlines will benefit as the world continues to reopen.
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