France Is Re-Opening on June 9. Here’s Everything You Need to Know

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If your summer travel plans involve the Louvre, the iconic Eiffel Tower, or a Parisian café, you’re in luck. France will reopen to global tourists on June 9 with a few requirements in place.

All American citizens are welcome to enter so long as they can either provide a negative COVID test or proof of COVID-19 vaccination. The country has also said they’ll require a digital health passport for all tourists who enter, but the details have yet to be announced.

What to expect when you get to France

Restrictions on businesses and restaurants have been relaxing since May 19.

Come June 9, this is what you can expect if you’re traveling in France:

  • Outdoor restaurants and cafes opened on May 19.
  • Museums, theatres, and concert halls are also open.
  • Restaurants will be open for regular service until 11 p.m.
  • Non-essential shops, sports facilities, and cultural sites will have occupancy limits of 800 indoors and 1,000 outdoors.
  • On June 30, the country expects to lift the nighttime 11 p.m. curfew.
  • Nightclubs will remain closed.
  • Currently, you must wear a mask in all public venues unless actively eating or drinking.

lavender field in France

Coronavirus in France

According to the World Health Organization, over 33 million French residents have received at least one dose of the COVID vaccine. The French government estimates that the country will have enough doses available to vaccinate all adults who wish to receive the shot by the end of summer.

Before you go

Before booking your flight and Airbnb, check the latest from the U.S. Department of State on current regulations to enter France. It’s worth noting you’ll need to present a negative COVID test to travel back into the United States. Testing in France is free and typically doesn’t require an appointment. 

Lauren Allain
Lauren is a freelance journalist from Seattle. She travels the globe in search of the best grocery stores, bouldering gyms, and snorkeling locations. Her mission at Freedom Is Everything is to help others make the transition into location-independent lifestyles.