Published on : Monday, August 2, 2021
This summer, international tourism to France is getting back slowly versus last year when covid had closed borders temporarily, even though visitors from America and Asia will remain limited, Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne, Tourism Minister of France had said this in a recent interview with the Journal du Dimanche newspaper.
France is anticipating 50 million tourists from abroad in 2021. Lemoyne said that this would be up from 35 million in 2020 but down from 90 million in 2019. To enter museums and theme parks in France, a health pass or a proof of vaccination or a negative Covid-19 test is required. This would be extended to bars, restaurants and long-distance trains starting Aug. 9.
“A period of teaching will be necessary for the French to get used to the health pass,” Lemoyne said. “But it is essential to keep all these establishments open.” He said that the best way to make sure a strong tourist season for everyone is by getting vaccinated,
The minister said that tourists from Europe are back except from Britain as the U.K. government is requiring a 14-day quarantine upon return from France. As very few Americans are starting to travel to the country, Asian customers won’t be back until next year, he said.