France Says Unvaccinated US Tourists Are No Longer Welcome Starting September 12

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US tourists are still dealing with ripple effects from the EU’s recommendation to restrict travel on those coming from America. As covid cases surge in the US, the EU issued guidance to its 27 member states. So far, the Netherlands has implemented mandatory quarantine while Sweden has closed off to all US citizens. France is the most recent addition to these restrictions.

On Thursday, the country announced that all unvaccinated US citizens are barred from entering France for nonessential purposes. Unvaccinated individuals entering for essential purposes will need to present a negative covid 19 test and then quarantine for seven days on arrival. These new regulations come into effect on Sunday, September 12.

Accepted vaccines in France are Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca, J&J, and Covishield. Complete vaccination is considered two weeks after the last shot of a two-dose vaccine or four weeks after a one-dose vaccine.

France accepts a US CDC card as proof of vaccination to enter the country, but the government requires a French QR code as proof of immunization once inside the country. This French health passport is necessary for accessing venues like bars, restaurants, cafes, and long-distance trains. 


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.