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France will 'progressively' lift restrictions for Americans as of May

April 19, 2021
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France will 'progressively' lift restrictions for Americans as of May
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For those who enjoy their vin et fromage, this week brings some good news for the possibility of a summer vacation in France.

French President Emmanuel Macron told CBS News on Sunday that France will start to lift travel restrictions starting in May, citing a possible vaccination passport to allow a person to travel. These enhanced travel privileges would affect non-European Union nations, such as the United States.

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"We will progressively lift the restrictions of the beginning of May, which means that we will organize in the summer time with our professionals in France for French European citizens, but as well for American citizens," Macron said. "So we are working hard to propose a very concrete solution, especially for U.S. citizens who are vaccinated, so with a special pass, I would say."

Full details still need to be worked out by the French government, but Macron said that ideally, France would be open for travelers "who are vaccinated, with a special pass" insinuating that a vaccine certificate or a negative COVID-19 PCR test would be required for travel to France.

Macron mentioned that his government is in the final stage of developing such a certificate, creating the possibility that a summer vacation in France will no longer just be a hope but a reality for Americans.

Related: Can Americans finally go to Europe?

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To date, France has distributed more than 16 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines — about 12.5% of the country's population, according to Reuters. Cases of COVID-19 within the country are on the decline, with 344 infections per 100,000 people in the past seven days.

Macron said that the French government is working with its U.S. counterparts in the White House to lift travel restrictions between the two countries. While France has been closed to American citizens, the U.S. has also been closed to Europeans. Since March 2020, the United States has not allowed non-citizens coming from Europe — including the U.K. — to enter.

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Macron's statement on Sunday has been one of the most notable in the reopening of travel in Europe — especially for Americans. While other European countries like Germany and the Netherlands are still in a lockdown state until further notice, other countries are starting to show signs of reopening.

Italy announced it was set to begin the easing of restrictions ahead of schedule and Malta is even paying some travelers to go on holiday, providing a positive outlook for a summer holiday in southern Europe. Greece, meanwhile, announced plans to reopen its borders to travelers coming from some countries, including the U.S. and U.K., as soon as this week.

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There's a lot to love about the Amex Gold card. It's been a fan favorite during the pandemic because of its fantastic rewards rate on restaurants (that includes takeout and delivery in the U.S.!) and U.S. supermarkets. If you're hitting the skies soon, you'll also earn bonus points on travel. Paired with up to $120 in Uber Cash (for U.S. Uber rides or Uber Eats orders) and up to $120 in annual dining statement credits at eligible partners, there's no reason that the foodie shouldn't add this card to their wallet. Enrollment required.

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  • Earn 4X Membership Rewards® Points at Restaurants, plus takeout and delivery in the U.S., and earn 4X Membership Rewards® points at U.S. supermarkets (on up to $25,000 per calendar year in purchases, then 1X).
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