France Bans Unvaccinated Americans
On August 30, the European Union voted to remove the United States from the EU’s safe travel list. This guidance is non-binding for EU member states, but several countries have already added new restrictions for Americans.
The requirements mainly affect unvaccinated tourists from the United States. So far, Belgium, Bulgaria, Denmark, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, and Sweden have changed their entry rules. Now France is the latest addition.
The French government on Thursday moved the United States from its “green” list, down to “orange.” This means that nonessential travel to France is no longer allowed for unvaccinated visitors. Israel was also moved to the “orange list.”
Unvaccinated travelers from “orange” countries will still be allowed in provided they have an essential reason for travel. But, they will need a negative Covid-19 test before travel and must quarantine for seven days once they arrive in France.
The European Union’s safe list includes countries where the number of Covid-19 cases per 100,000 inhabitants over the last 14 days must not be above the limit of 75. The United States has been over that threshold for a couple of months now.