France has become the latest European country, and the most important tourist destination, to remove the United States from the list of safe travel, following the recommendations of the European Union in the wake of the rise in Covid-19 infections in America, according to CNN.
A French government decree moved the United States from the country’s “green” list to the orange list, effectively banning non-essential travel to France for unvaccinated visitors.
Under French rules, unvaccinated travelers from either country will still be allowed provided they have an underlying reason to travel, however, they will need to show a negative COVID-19 test result before travel and must self-quarantine for 7 days upon arrival.
The French move comes on the heels of restrictions imposed on American travelers from several other European destinations.
Earlier this week, Spain changed its entry policy for travelers from the United States, requiring them to obtain a certificate proving full vaccination.
The new measures follow a non-binding European Union recommendation for member states earlier this month to begin restricting US access after the number of COVID-19 cases surged across the United States in July and August.
Several European travel destinations reopened their borders to Americans earlier in the summer in hopes of attracting much-needed tourism to boost economies hit by the coronavirus.
With the delta mutation spreading across the United States, some countries, including Germany, had already begun restricting entry to Americans before the EU recommendation.
Other countries, such as Greece, insist they will remain open regardless of the traveler’s vaccination status.