France to Lift Corona Border Restrictions For EU Tourists on 15th June

France is yet the latest country which has announced it is opening again for travel by lifting corona virus border restrictions for tourists from EU countries from 15th June.


According to a statement by the French Government, France will reopen for travellers on 15th June when border restrictions will be lifted.

The statement read: “The Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs and the Minister for the Interior have announced that restrictions on travel to France from countries in the European zone (EU Member States, Andorra, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway, San Marino, Switzerland and the Vatican) will be lifted from 15 June midnight.

“Travellers from these European countries will no longer need an international travel certificate and will not be subject to any form of quarantine.”

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Menton is a popular destination on the French Cote d’Azur. ©Paliparan


Some restrictions will however remain (temporarily) in place for travellers from Spain and the United Kingdom.

The French Foreign Ministry communicated: “In agreement with the Spanish authorities and in reciprocity of ongoing Spanish regulations, current restrictions will continue to apply to arrivals by air from Spain until 21 June. Passengers arriving by air from Spain will be asked to observe a 14-day quarantine period on arrival in France.

“Travel from the UK will no longer be restricted from 15 June 2020 midnight but in reciprocity of British regulations, travellers arriving from the UK will be asked to observe a 14-day quarantine period on arrival in France.”

Intercontinental travel

So far nothing has been made clear about the relaxing of entry measures for travellers from the Americas, Africa, Asia and Oceania. Americans, Australians, Canadians, Chinese, Japanese and other tourists from further afield thus have to wait for a while longer before they can hop on a flight to Europe to see Paris or the French Riviera.

Any relaxations of entry measures for travellers from outside the EU is likely only made in cooperation with other Schengen Zone and EU countries.

Walking on a deserted street in the Montmartre district of Paris. ©Paliparan

Other countries

France is not the first country to announce the reopening of its borders for tourists from other EU countries. Nations such as Greece, the Baltic states, Poland, Italy, Bulgaria and the Netherlands are among the few other countries which have recently announced that their corona measures restricting tourism have been lifted.

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Villefranche-sur-Mer, a beautiful town on the French Riviera. ©Paliparan

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Koen works as a freelance journalist covering south-eastern Europe and is the founding father and editor-in-chief of Paliparan. As a contributor to some major Fleet Street newspapers and some lesser known publications in the Balkans, he travels thousands of miles each year for work as well as on his personal holidays. Whether it is horse riding in Kyrgyzstan’s Tian Shan mountains, exploring the backstreets of Bogotá, or sipping a glass of moschofilero in a Greek beachside taverna, Koen loves to immerse himself into the local culture, explore new places and eat and drink himself around the world.

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