France Re-opens Country for Canadian Travellers

On June 30, France and the other Member States of the European Union adopted a recommendation on the reopening of Europe’s external borders from July 1, 2020, to a first list of fourteen countries, including Canada, in a list that will be reviewed every two weeks.

France was visited by 1.2 million Canadians in 2018. On our last vacation to the country, with a baby, we stayed for five days in Paris and it’s been at the top of our list of places to venture back to with the older kids.

What does visiting look like?

As a reminder, the internal borders of the European Union – Schengen area reopened June 15 (and Spain’s on June 21). All health and security measures are being taken on a case-by-case basis to ensure that the border restrictions are lifted in the best possible conditions.

No fourteen-day quarantine is required when travelling, but it’s important to realize that traveling will look a lot different than it used to – like masks being required at Edmonton International Airport.

French President Emmanuel Macron said it’s time “to turn the page of the first act of the crisis” and “rediscover our taste for freedom.” At the same time, he warned: “This doesn’t mean the virus has disappeared and we can totally let down our guard. … The summer of 2020 will be a summer unlike any other.”