France prohibits Nonessential Travel for Unvaccinated Americans
France declared on Friday that unvaccinated Americans would be barred from visiting the country for non-essential purposes.
According to The Local, France is the latest country to follow the European Union’s proposal and remove the United States from its safe travel list due to an increase in confirmed coronavirus infections.
The French government demoted Israel and the United States from the country’s “green” list to the “orange” list. Unvaccinated Americans must provide a compelling reason for their visit, submit a negative COVID-19 test, and be quarantined for seven days upon the arrival.
Travelers who have been fully vaccinated in the United States can continue to visit for any reason without a negative test result.
France is the latest European country to adjust its admission procedures for visitors from the United States. Spain stated earlier this week that it would demand Americans to produce confirmation of two complete coronavirus vaccine doses.
Regardless of immunization status, Italy now demands travelers from all countries to produce documentation of a COVID-19 test done 72 hours before arrival. Denmark and the Netherlands also need proof of vaccination for US visitors, and Sweden has barred any non-essential travel for Americans.
Earlier, the European Union rated the United States as a safe travel market, encouraging tourists to return.
But that is how swiftly the delta variation of COVID-19 has spread in the United States, producing a dramatic rise in positive cases and prompting EU officials to remove the United States from its safe list, recommending its 27 member countries to reconsider allowing non-essential U.S. tourists admission.
An increasing number of countries are taking that counsel. Italy, Netherlands, and Sweden are the first to implement new regulations.
The Netherlands has reclassified the United States as ‘very high-risk.’ Unvaccinated American travelers would be denied entry, and those who are properly vaccinated will be subjected to a 10-day quarantine upon entering the nation. Visitors who are tested on the fifth day of their isolation may be able to leave quarantine early.
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