When the month of October arrives, the discussions on the All Saints holidays are not far away. But unlike in previous years, your choices in destinations are limited.
This year, due to the health crisis, many destinations are still unavailable. Also, we should ask ourselves: “where to go on All Saints holidays?” “. Many destinations are accessible to you abroad, especially in Europe, but are accompanied by strict measures. Focus on the destinations for the All Saints holidays.
Spend your All Saints holidays in France
From October 17 to November 1, French students can take 2 weeks off during the All Saints holidays. But due to Covid-19 and the health crisis it has created, traveling far is not recommended. Spending your holidays in France then turns out to be very interesting, especially in terms of economy. But given that the country is not spared by covid-19 either, you have to choose your vacation spots wisely.
At present, the government does not ban holidaymakers from travel. You can therefore spend your All Saints holidays wherever you want on French territory. However, some destinations are subject to more stringent health measures than others. Indeed, there are regions, departments and cities which are classified “red” because of a strong circulation of virus on the premises. This situation has led the government to take measures such as limiting the opening hours of establishments such as restaurants and bars. We can also cite the limitation of public gathering and the compulsory wearing of masks. This type of measure is in force in areas such as the Côte d’Azur and Rhône.
On the other hand, if you decide to go abroad, it is preferable to take an interest in the arrangements to be made to obtain authorization to travel. Keeping yourself informed on a daily basis is essential, as directives outside French borders can change overnight.
Northern European countries, accessible, but very strict
Several countries in northern Europe have opened their borders to allow French tourists to travel while respecting the measures imposed. In accessible countries, the imposed policy is quarantine, the duration of which varies depending on the destination. The tourists must pass a period of quarantine, in addition to the administrative requests, before being able to circulate on the territory in question. This is particularly the case if you want to travel to the United Kingdom, Germany, Belgium or even Switzerland.
The UK is one of Europe‘s top destinations. And because of its popularity, the country is very strict on the sanitary measures to be taken for tourists. In practice, since August 15, French tourists and all those who come from France (regardless of nationality) must spend a period of “fortnight”. If you go to this country, you must spend 14 days in self-isolation in a declared place. By referring to the statements on the website of the French Embassy in England, failure to comply with this measure may result in a fine. A family space is therefore not conducive to the All Saints holidays.
In the north-west of Europe, there is Germany which is a privileged destination on the continent. The country has no shortage of activities and tourist sites among which you will certainly find your happiness. But before you can enjoy these wonders, you must pass a PCR test. Depending on the French region you are traveling from, the guidelines are different. If you come from a red zone or a very high risk zone in France, you must carry out a compulsory quarantine which will last until the results of the screening test are obtained. The test should be done within 72 hours of arrival in the country. Note that the red zone list classified by Germany may change.
The measures taken in the other countries are quite similar, namely determination of the risk zone and quarantine. In Switzerland, the mandatory quarantine period is 10 days for people coming from red zones in France. In Belgium, in addition to around 40 people from red zones, an electronic identification form or “Passenger locator form” must also be completed 48 hours after arrival.
Southern European countries, more interesting accessibility
Unlike the countries of Northern Europe, those of the South have a less strict policy towards tourists. Quarantine is not mandatory. Three dream destinations have opened their borders, namely Spain, Italy and Portugal.
For Spain, French tourists can go there, there is no entry restriction. You just need to bring an FCS or Health Control Form (personal and non-transferable). But be aware that some regions are subject to strict measures including Madrid. Thus, wearing a mask is compulsory in spaces and public transport. This applies to all people aged 6 and over.
For Italy, entry requires filling out a sworn declaration and having a negative test within 48 hours of arrival. Note that wearing a mask is compulsory throughout the country from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. Specific requests are to be made if you wish to go to the Puglia region or to Sicily.
For Portugal, it suffices to take a temperature measurement and complete a questionnaire.
Countries in Africa, not very accessible for All Saints’ Day
The countries of Africa are still not very accessible, in this case the countries of the North which have barricaded themselves. Algeria is still closed, while Tunisia and Morocco are accessible on condition that travelers take a test before boarding.
If you go to Morocco, you must have a negative screening test which dates back 48 hours and a virological test. You must also have a reservation at a hotel establishment. If you go to Tunisia, since August 16 the country has imposed self-isolation for tourists from France for 14 days. If the test is negative, self-isolation can be lifted on the 7th day.