France is joining the list of European travel destinations tightening restrictions on US tourists as COVID-19 cases surge due to the delta variant.
Beginning Sunday, September 12, only vaccinated visitors will be allowed to visit for vacation, the French embassy confirmed Friday. Non-vaccinated travellers can only visit for essential reasons and need a negative COVID-19 test. They also must isolate for seven days upon arrival. Currently, unvaccinated tourists just need to show a negative COVID test to enter France.
The moves come after the European Union's decision on August 30 to remove the United States from its list of safe countries due to a spike in COVID-19 cases, essentially recommending a ban of nonessential travel such as vacations. It is only a recommendation, with individual countries setting their own travel policies.
France already requires vaccination proof or a COVID test to visit restaurants and ride on trains as well as to visit popular tourist destinations including museums and the Eiffel Tower.
The Netherlands, Spain and Denmark are also banning unvaccinated US tourists and Italy has added entry requirements, even for those who are vaccinated.
The new restrictions add up to another confusing maze of entry requirements for travellers planning fall visits to Europe.