TRAVELING TO PARIS: EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW

Updated: May 26

This blog will be updated weekly to share the most important news regarding travel to France.

Here are the latest updates:




CAN I TRAVEL TO FRANCE FROM ABROAD?

The answer is YES! According to the Travel Market Report, news agencies and travel publications, France plans to reopen its borders to Americans and other non-European Union travelers starting June 9th. It’s part of a new four-step plan announced by French President Emmanuel Macron to reopen the country and revive its economy.


DO I HAVE TO BE VACCINATED?

Foreign visitors will be required to present a health passport or “sanitary pass” that includes either proof that they've been FULLY vaccinated against COVID-19 or proof of a negative PCR test taken recently, or both. However, this phase only happens if COVID-19 numbers are still under control after phase 1 of the reopening. At the time of writing this, France has ramped up nationwide vaccination programs, added 1,700 vaccination sites around the country, and we're seeing large increases in the numbers of French residents getting vaccinated on a daily basis. Because these figures are trending well, the planned re-opening stages remain unchanged and continue to move forward.


WHAT IS OPENING WHEN?

Outdoor terraces of France’s cafes and restaurants will be allowed to reopen on May 19th along with museums, cinemas, theaters and concert halls under certain conditions. Restaurants and cafes will be able to serve customers outdoors at tables seating a maximum of six people starting May 19th, when the nightly curfew will be pushed back to 9 p.m. Non-essential shops also reopen, as well as cultural sites and sport facilities, which will have occupancy limits of 800 people indoors and 1,000 outdoors. “The measures will be national, but we will be able to activate ’emergency brakes’ in areas where the virus is circulating at too high a rate,” Macron told local newspapers. Also, on June 9th, cafes and restaurants will be allowed to resume regular service until an 11 p.m. curfew. Events of up to 5,000 people will be allowed. The final stage of the plan will see the end of the nighttime curfew and the lifting of most restrictions on June 30th, although nightclubs will remain closed.


WHERE CAN I STAY?

You can stay at select hotels that are slowly re-opening and adopting strict hygiene regimens and heightened housekeeping protocols. There is talk of some properties only booking every other room on a floor, and not re-booking an occupied room for 48 hours after guests check out.

Private apartments are also a popular option. Most private apartment rental companies like AirBNB, have implemented new COVID-19 safety protocols to protect their guests.

Either way, we are here to assist with your accommodations if you want to enlist our help. You may feel free to book accommodations on your own, and we will design a Land Only Package just for you.


CAN YOU HELP ME PLAN MY TRIP?

Mais Oui!! Let's start building your dream escape to Paris. Contact us by email, or request a free consultation under our CONTACT tab. We can't wait to welcome you to France!


SAFEGUARDING YOUR HEALTH - ATP'S COVID-19 PROTOCOLS

We want to keep you safe. We follow guidelines established by the leading health experts (including the World Health Organization) to minimize any opportunity for coronavirus exposure during your journey. Our small-group tours are already well-suited to exploring with safe physical distancing in place. Masks must be worn in accordance with local regulations. To protect our guests, and each-other, wearing a mask is required in vehicles, indoor spaces, and any outdoor spaces where physical distancing is not possible. We encourage you to bring your own masks, but a supply will always be on-hand. We have hand sanitizer readily available, we ensure enhanced cleaning in hotels and dining venues, and we sanitize vehicles at every arrival and departure point. You will experience no-contact check-in/check-outs in many hotels and dining will be arranged to allow for plenty of space from other guests. Additionally, our guides and all vendors will forego shaking hands when saying hello. Everyone involved in operating your journey — from our expert, local guides to the drivers, baggage handlers and other behind the scenes personnel— observes a strict, round-the-clock health and safety regimen. In short, we're adhering to these best practices to ensure your continued health, safety and peace of mind.


HELPFUL LINKS

For additional information in English, including entry requirements, re-opening updates, and general guidance from the French Government, please visit:

https://www.gouvernement.fr/en/coronavirus-covid-19


For additional information, updates and travel advice from the World Health Organization, WHO, please visit:

https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/travel-advice