Every year France receives 90 million international tourists. But this year this seems next to impossible. However, due to the pandemic, most of the borders across the world are closed.
Even though the borders reopen most of the people would prefer staying at home. France is one of the most popular places among tourists.
But, due to the coronavirus pandemic, the country had to impose restrictions causing the country’s tourism industry to suffer. The tourism industry of France loses around €15 billion every month due to a lack of tourism.
The tourism minister has taken the initiative to start a campaign called Cet été, je visite la France, which means “This summer I’m visiting France.”
The reason behind this campaign is to motivate the French people to discover their own country instead of traveling to international destinations. Mr. Lemoyne told the Assembléé nationale in Paris, “We’re working flat out with the various parts of France, in particular the regions.”
“The reason I’ve launched an appeal for a ‘blue, white and red’ summer is precisely to encourage French people to rediscover our land.” In addition, he said, “You can go round the world by touring France, that’s what is tremendous in our country.”
However, he said, “it’s time to get back to our good N and D roads to rediscover France’s gems.” These routes nationals and routes departementales are the equivalents of A and B roads in the UK.
Reopening of Borders
Furthermore, Mr. Lemoyne mentioned about reopening the borders for foreign tourists. He said that as other European Union countries, France would remove internal EU barriers from 15 June. However, the international borders will be opening from 1 July in France.
As the UK has imposed a 14-day quarantine restriction. Consequently, France is imposing the same two weeks quarantine restriction for visitors coming from Britain to France.
Travelers coming from Spain will also be subjected to a 14-day self-quarantine. However, other countries from Europe will not have to follow the 14-day quarantine restriction.
The UK has made it mandatory for all travelers coming from any country or having whatever nationality to quarantine for 14 days.
International tourists coming to France from July onwards will have to show health certificate mentioning negative for coronavirus otherwise will have to self isolate for 14 days.
Routine Returns to France
France has recorded more than 189,000 confirmed cases of the coronavirus. For now, France is only operating essential travel flights for those who do not live in the country.
However, restaurants, bars, and public transportation have reopened. Similarly, museums, theatres, parks, beaches, and cultural attractions have also reopened.
The people are allowed to travel to places further than 100km from their residence.
Last month, France lifted its lockdown, allowing the residents to leave their homes. However, now the people of France can go to their workplaces with proper social distancing.