France, Spain and more get ready for international tourists

June has arrived, and peak travel season would usually be around the corner. But 2021, like 2020, is a little different.

As global restrictions are a rat's nest of constantly changing rules, CNN Travel is here to help you make plans for this summer and beyond through these weekly round-ups of travel news.

Come here to learn about the countries relaxing entry rules, the attractions reopening the doors and the places that have shuttered because of Covid-19 outbreaks.

Destinations opening up

Hoping to travel to one of the 27 countries in the European Union or to non-EU European destinations? Well, it's a little complicated.

The EU has a white list of countries from which nonessential travel into the bloc is approved: These are IsraelNew ZealandRwandaSingaporeSouth KoreaThailand and Australia.

But while the bloc is trying to create more universal requirements for tourism, each country retains sovereign powers over its borders, so conditions of entry differ from country to country, as does timing.

The EU Commission has introduced a digital Covid-19 certificate for travel (open to non-EU citizens) which is already being used on a voluntary basis by BulgariaCzechiaDenmarkGermanyGreeceCroatia and Poland. The system will be fully enforced from July 1.

All foreign tourists can now visit Greece without the need for quarantine on arrival, provided they have a negative PCR test. The government plans to declare 80 islands -- including most of the country's top tourism destinations -- Covid-safe by the end of June.

France has just introduced a new color-coded "traffic light system" for when it opens to international travelers on June 9.

Those on the "green list" -- vaccinated travelers from the European UnionAustraliaSouth KoreaIsraelJapanLebanonNew Zealand and Singapore -- can enter restriction-free. Nonvaccinated travelers will need to do a Covid test.

Vaccinated travelers from the "orange list" -- which includes the US and the UK -- will need to do a test, while the unvaccinated will be allowed in only for essential purposes.

Indoor dining will be reintroduced on June 9, too, and the national curfew moved to 11 p.m. If you want to visit the Eiffel Tower, though, you'll have to wait for its reopening on July 16.




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