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in France - 2021 - Towards the end of lockdown
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› Coronavirus 2021
Covid passesProof of covid-compliance is now required at the
entrance to most events and attractions with a capacity of over 50
people. Covid compliance means either being double-vaccinated, or
single-vaccinated with a single-dose vaccine, or else having had a
negatie covid test within the previous 48 hours.
Proof can be
provided in multiple formats; the easiest is as a QR code as provided
by the European Union covid passport - either on a phone or on paper.
Visitors from other countries (UK, USA, and others) are advised to have a paper document(s)
attesting that they are double-vaccinated or have been tested negative.
Documents in English or Spanish, with information that can be
understood by French speakers, should cause no problems. Most venues
are as keen to bring in visitors as the visitors are to get in, if not
more so, so will happily accept vaccine cards from other countries that can be clearly understood.
In the end, acceptance of foreign covid-compliance documents is all down to the person on the door or a particular venue.
France remains under strict though relaxed Covid
in style... and obligatory in some places and for some professions .....
Cultural venues as well as restaurants and bars have all reopened -
with social distancing measures. Trade and business fairs and
conventions have resumed, with a maximum of 5000 visitors, and
social distancing rules..
For some sites, reservaton may be
required / recommended, but in the current state of flux and
uncertainty, which is not limited to France, details need to
checked on an attraction's individual website.
Tourism is reviving
tourism industry is gearing up to welcome back many of the tourists and
visitors who have not had much of a holiday since 2019. International borders
open - subject to a traffic-light system - and vehicles and campervans with foreign
registrations have made a new appearance on French motorways. Generally speaking,
people entering France from abroad must show proof of a negative covid test
than 72 hours before their entry.
How the situation will evolve remains unknown. Travel between other
countries and France depends on regulations on both sides of the
international border. Within the EU, the European Union travellers can cross borders using the common European travel pass.
Much will depend on the
speed at which Covid infections continue to fall, which in turn depends
to a large extent on the speed of the vaccine rollout in different
As of 4th August 2021, 53% of the total population of France, and over 80% of adults over 40, are fully vaccinated.
are no travel restrictions within France, and most hotels are open
(except for those that are normally closed out of season).
Museums have reopened, but often only to people
wearing a mask.....
The vaccination campaign
in France was beset in its early days by problems,
including a certain degree of
scepticism with regard to the effectiveness of vaccinations. But with
vaccination reticence falling and vaccination availability
rising, the vaccination campaign has now gone into overdrive.