France is joining the list of European travel destinations tightening restrictions on U.S. tourists as COVID-19 cases surge because of the delta coronavirus variant.
Beginning Sept. 12, only vaccinated visitors will be allowed to visit for vacation, the French Embassy confirmed Friday. Nonvaccinated travelers can visit only for essential reasons and need a negative coronavirus test. They also must isolate for seven days upon arrival. Until now, unvaccinated tourists needed only to show a negative test to enter France.
Starting Sunday from🇺🇸➡️🇫🇷 no change for vaccinated travelers, but for non-vaccinated travelers:
✔️Proof of compelling reason to enter FR
✔️Neg. PCR test taken <72hrs or neg. antigen test taken <48hrs
✔️7 day self-isolation on arrival
— French Embassy U.S. (@franceintheus) September 10, 2021
The moves come after the European Union's decision on Aug. 30 to remove the United States from its list of safe countries amid a spike in COVID-19 cases, essentially recommending a ban of nonessential travel such as vacations. It is only a recommendation; individual countries set their own travel policies.
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The new restrictions add up to another confusing maze of requirements for travelers planning fall visits to Europe.
This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Can Americans travel to France? Tourists will need COVID vaccine proof