Vive la France! Visitors now welcome

By Patti Pietschmann, Travel Diva


Just as some cruise lines, such as Windstar begin to emerge from the coronavirus pause, so are some countries and airlines.


In a recent address to his nation French Prime Minister Edouard Phillipe spoke of the country’s ‘deconfinement’ or easing of lockdown measures.

The majority of the mainland as well as  the French West Indies and French Polynesia are showing slowing of the virus. The Ile-de-France region, which includes Paris, is also slowing but cautionary measures are in effect.

Polynesia is reopening to tourism and hopefully to cruise lines

On June 5, Tahiti Tourism announced that the islands of French Polynesia will reopen to all international travel on July 15, 2020. This is good news for cruise companies and travelers.  In fact Windstar  Spirit will resume sailing in Tahiti  September 3, 2020.

Removed restrictions

People are now free to travel within the country.  All parks, gardens and beaches can open.

Museums and monuments are open but masks are mandatory. Masks are also a must on public transportation.  Movie theatres can open on June 22.  On 10 people at a time may gather in public places.  And, although French people notoriously enjoy standing up  at bars, this is now taboo.

Attractions reopen in France
Major tourist attractions opening schedule
  • Chambord Château and Versailles are open.
  • Musée d’ Orsay  opens June 23, 2020
  • Grand Palais  will resume operations on July 1, 2020
  • Pompidou Center opens its doors July 1, 2020
  • The Louvre Museum opens July 6, 2020

Paris city are reopening the Eiffel Tower.  The capital’s most iconic tourist landmark reopens June 25 after a three-month closure caused by   the COVID-19 pandemic.

One of France’s most popular tourist attractions, Eiffel Tower was closed to the public at the beginning of the

On June 22nd the Government will reconvene and release a third set of measures concerning guidelines for sports and movie theaters. Until then, all team and contact sports are still forbidden.

International travel bans

Borders will not open until June 15th when the European Union votes on whether or not to reopen the borders between Schengen countries. The borders to non-EU countries such as the United States remain closed until further notice. A reopening date could be established following the June 15th vote.

Should that pass Americans will be allowed to once again visit France.

The Italian government announced today that it is beginning a stage reopening. As of now the country is allowing domestic visitors but anticipates allowing foreign travel soon.  At the same time Turkey told of easing restrictions and opening Istanbul Airport.

Travel to these countries and within Istanbul Airport comes with strict safety measures from mandatory masks to distancing, temperature checks and more.

In other news

Virgin Atlantic is hitting the skies in July.  The International carrier will begin flying routes between Asia and the U.S. once again starting July 20 and July 21. Flights will originate from London Heathrow to New York JFK, Los Angeles, Orlando, Hong Kong and Shanghai. Other routes will be announced in the next two weeks. A gradual recoverin starts in August and goes through 2021.

This is all great news for those of us anxious to hit the road again. And when you are just contact a friendly, helpful Pavlus agent (800-528-9300).


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