France requiring unvaccinated Americans to self-isolate for 7 days

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France's stricter entry requirements for Americans went into effect Sept. 12. Photo Credit: INTERPIXELS/Shutterstock

In another example of European countries moving to restrict entry for unvaccinated U.S. travelers, France is now requiring unvaccinated people from the U.S. to self-isolate for seven days upon arrival and take a Covid-19 PCR test at the end of the self-isolation period.

The stricter entry requirement went into effect on Sept. 12.

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Vaccinated travelers coming from the U.S. can still enter France without a pre-departure Covid-19 test.

Previously, France was allowing unvaccinated visitors from the U.S. to present a negative PCR or rapid antigen test conducted within the 72 hours prior to departure. 

Also, for example, as of Sept. 15 Austria will require unvaccinated travelers to quarantine for 10 days. Vaccinated travelers are exempt from the quarantine. 

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Late last month, the European Union removed the U.S. from its "safe travel" list. The announcement didn't require any EU member country to change its entry rules, but an online infographic shared by the council indicated that the EU continued to support travel by those who are fully vaccinated, suggesting that unvaccinated travelers would likely bear the brunt of any resulting policy changes.

Two weeks after that announcement, most EU countries are open to vaccinated U.S. travelers. 


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