Unvaccinated US travelers will no longer be permitted to enter France.
The French government decree issued on Thursday moved the United States, as well as Israel, from the country's “green” list, down to “orange,” banning nonessential travel to France for unvaccinated visitors.
Beginning Sunday, Sept. 12, only vaccinated visitors will be allowed to visit for vacation.
Non-vaccinated travelers can only visit for essential reasons and need a negative COVID-19 test. They also must isolate for seven days upon arrival.
Currently, unvaccinated tourists just need to show a negative COVID test to enter France.
The decision comes after the European Union removed the U.S. from its “safe” list, and recommended member states adopt stricter entry restrictions for American visitors.
Spain also announced it will not permit unvaccinated U.S. nationals to visit. This policy took effect Sept. 6.
Italy, meanwhile, has required all travelers, regardless of their vaccination status, provide a PCR or antigen test taken 72 hours or 24, respectively, before their arrival in the country. In addition, unvaccinated travelers are obliged to undergo a five-day quarantine and get tested again by the end of the isolation period.