Tourism: the United States downgrades its warning for France


Awhen France is preparing to alleviate, this Wednesday, June 9, the conditions of reception of foreigners, the United States relaxed its warning to travelers wishing to go to France. Other countries are concerned, including Germany, Canada but also Japan, one and a half months before the Olympic Games, citing a change in the consideration of the risk linked to Covid-19.

These countries, along with many others, were hit by the maximum level 4 warning (“do not go”) due to the health crisis. They are reduced to level 3 (“avoid going there if possible”), according to the website of the American diplomacy, which will soon publish the complete list of these new warnings. A US State Department official explained the relaxations as a “methodological change” in the analysis of the health risk for travelers carried out by the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC).

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Many countries, including France and Germany as well as Japan, had been classified at level 4 in recent weeks to harmonize the travel advisories of the State Department with those of the CDC. This relaxation comes at a time when the European Union has decided to allow entry to American travelers vaccinated against Covid, but is asking for reciprocity in the United States. These still prohibit the arrival of non-Americans and non-residents from the Schengen zone.

The White House has been questioned on this issue, while Joe Biden is expected for the G7 summit in Europe. “It’s a process guided by science and public health decisions,” Presidential National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan said on Monday. “It is up to public health professionals within the US administration to make this decision” on a possible reopening of the border.


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