TripSavvy Travel News France Will Begin Lifting Travel Restrictions as Early as Next Month It's gonna be May By Katherine Alex Beaven Katherine Alex Beaven Instagram Katherine Alex Beaven is a freelance news writer for TripSavvy. She’s lived abroad in Italy, Japan, South Africa, and Australia. TripSavvy's editorial guidelines Updated on 04/19/21 Fact checked by Jillian Dara Fact checked by Jillian Dara Instagram Emerson College Jillian Dara is a freelance journalist and fact-checker. Her work has appeared in Travel + Leisure, USA Today, Michelin Guides, Hemispheres, DuJour, and Forbes. TripSavvy's fact-checking Share Pin Email Harald Nachtmann / Getty Images As the world continues to reopen and privileged countries progress on vaccinating the public, international travel is starting to bounce back. Over the weekend, France’s President Emmanuel Macron told CBS News' Face the Nation that the country is eyeing the reopening of its borders for international tourists coming from outside the European Union. The date? Early May. The catch? The invitation likely only extends to travelers who are fully vaccinated. “We will progressively lift the restrictions of the beginning of May,” Macron told Face the Nation host Margaret Brennan, “which means that we will organize in the summertime with our professionals in France for French European citizens, but as well for American citizens. So we are working hard to propose a very concrete solution, especially for U.S. citizens who are vaccinated, so with a special pass, I would say.” The president went on to say that a “European certificate” to help facilitate travel between different countries in Europe is in the works and will be built around testing and vaccination proof. "And the idea indeed is altogether to offer that to the American citizen when they decided [sic] to vaccinate or with a PCR test being negative." This type of vaccination certificate may not be unlike the current vaccination cards (a.k.a. white gold) given to U.S. citizens who have been vaccinated. However, the White House has been clear that it has zero intentions of requiring Americans to carry a vaccination credential for any purpose. When asked by Brennan, Macron divulged that he had started talks with the White House and that the conversation has since moved onto technicalities being worked out by other government members. If all goes to plan, vaccinated Americans and tourists from outside the EU could very likely be enjoying a baguette by the Seine or frolicking in the French countryside while the weather is still warm and delightful. Santé! These Countries Are Allowing Vaccinated Travelers to Visit Was this page helpful? Thanks for letting us know! Share Pin Email Tell us why! Submit Travel to Europe: A Reopening Timeline, Country by Country Here's What It's Like to Travel to France Right Now These Countries Are Allowing Vaccinated Travelers to Visit Travel to North America: A Reopening Timeline, Country by Country Travel to Asia: A Reopening Timeline, Country by Country Travel to Central and South America: A Reopening Timeline, Country by Country What to Expect If You’re Going on a Cruise This Winter Travel to Australia, New Zealand, and the South Pacific: A Reopening Timeline by Country Travel to the Caribbean: A Reopening Timeline, Country by Country Canada to Loosen Border Restrictions Next Month—as Long as You're Vaccinated Where to Go in 2022: The Most Exciting Destinations to Explore This Year Australia Is Still Set on Reopening Its International Borders by Christmas 2021 Why the EU Travel Ban (Mostly) Doesn't Matter if You're Vaccinated I Just Spent 4 Days in Barbados—Here's How the Country Is Keeping People Safe The US Will Lift Its Travel Ban for Vaccinated Foreign Travelers This November Should You Travel to Europe Right Now?