Since June 9, French travelers have been able to fly beyond Europe, to countries classified as “green” and “orange”. The choice remains limited, the local situation sometimes precarious. But for vaccinated French visitors, the list of possibilities should grow longer.
Very partial top start for trips beyond Europe. While almost two thirds of the Old Continent are now accessible to French tourists, vaccinated or not, the world is opening up in turn. Since June 9, France has classified countries in three colors according to their epidemic situation: green (7 states in addition to Europe), orange and red (16).
Among the green countries, only Lebanon accepts the French. It is therefore necessary to move towards the destinations classified in orange, that is to say the major part of the globe at present. With the exception that only vaccinated people can travel there without justifying a compelling reason. That is just over 26% of the adult population, according to Public Health France.
It is still necessary that these countries authorize the arrival of the French. But many remain to keep their borders closed. And in any case, more or less strict health protocols remain in force. the Figaro reviewed the list of extra-European destinations considered touristic. Balance sheet? On the other continents, nearly 40 states could welcome vaccinated French people without quarantine to date, as our interactive map shows. Caution is still required, as Covid-19 and its circulating variants are still showing up in some of these destinations. It is recommended to follow the advice of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
To date and outside of Europe, around forty countries classified in green (Lebanon only) and orange are accessible without compelling reason to vaccinated French people since the relaxation of travel conditions. Restrictions are nevertheless maintained, such as the presentation of a negative PCR test on boarding and/or arrival, or the obligation to take out insurance covering the costs related to Covid-19.
The United States seems to be preparing the ground
In Africa, about fifteen countries are thus open to travelers on simple presentation of a negative PCR test. This is particularly the case for Rwanda, the Seychelles and Egypt. In Tunisia, a destination of choice from France in the summer, the epidemic situation remains precarious, but the country remains classified as orange. Vaccinated travelers have been exempt from PCR testing since June 1. In the Near and Middle East, visiting Jordan is possible: the country requires two negative PCR tests (one before departure, the other on arrival) as well as insurance covering medical expenses related to the coronavirus.
Hard hit by covid-19, South America offers a handful of possibilities to vaccinated Europeans. Travelers who have received a full vaccination can, for example, sunbathe in Belize without a PCR test. By contrast, Asia remains largely sealed off from international tourism, with a few exceptions, such as Georgia and the Maldives. The archipelago does not require a PCR test for vaccinated people. As for Oceania, it remains closed to international tourism at least until the end of 2021.
The list of countries open to vaccinated travelers is set to grow due to the improvement in the health situation in a large part of the world. Tour operators are already working on it. First on the list, Morocco will gradually reopen its air borders on June 15. To get there, the French will have to present a vaccination certificate and / or a negative result of a PCR test less than 48 hours old. For their part, the United States has just authorized their vaccinated nationals to travel to the European Union and to France, which have gone from level 4 (“not to go there”) to level 3 (“to avoid going there if possible”). But it is not yet a question of applying reciprocity. Finally, Mauritius announced on Friday that it was in the starting blocks to start its tourist season on July 15.