A walk in the footsteps of Pablo Picasso in Montmartre; breathe in the aromas of Provence; a walk along the historic beaches on D-Day: these and other attractions of France they will be easily accessible again for most tourists from next week, provided they are vaccinated.

SIGHT: France opens COVID-19 vaccination to everyone over 18 years of age

France It is once again a destination for international tourists, but only those who have been vaccinated against the COVID-19. The government announced Friday that it will eliminate the need to get tested for the coronavirus for vaccinated Europeans. It will also allow vaccinated tourists from other parts of the world, such as the United States, much of Asia, Africa, the Middle East, and North and Central America to return, as long as they have a negative test.

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The relaxation of rules will begin on Wednesday, offering a boost to the French tourism sector. For the French tourist guide Linda Zenou, the return of foreign tourists could not be more timely: the unemployment payments with which she has survived during the pandemic ended last month, leaving her “without more resources, nothing.” The 61-year-old has had no foreign tourists to guide since she accompanied a Spanish- and English-speaking bus to the Palace of Versailles in February 2020.

“Every day there are announcements that Americans, etcetera, are coming back,” He said. “It will take time to settle down and I’m desperate, it’s hard to stay positive.”

Tourism in France will not yet be allowed for countries struggling with rises of the virus and worrisome variants. So far, this “red list” includes 16 countries, including India, South Africa and Brazil.

Vaccinated visitors from “orange” countries – including the United States and Great Britain – should not be quarantined upon arrival and no longer have to justify the reasons for their trip to France. However, they will ask for a negative PCR test no earlier than 72 hours or a negative antigen test no older than 48 hours.

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