Masks gone, but what about boosters and bureaucracy?

The French government has announced that it will remove its mask mandate on public transport, the only remaining place where it still exists (except for medical establishments). The rule will come into effect from Monday, May 16.

It was one of the final decisions of newly re-elected President Emmanuel Macron’s Council of Ministers on Wednesday – he will soon announce his new prime minister and the new list of government ministers who will lead him into his second term as president.

Health Minister Olivier Véran told the press that “wearing a mask remains recommended”, he added, but the rule is “no longer appropriate” – the rule was introduced almost two years ago to the day, May 11, 2020, so that confinements were in full swing in European countries.

This decision aligns with an EU recommendation to remove the mandatory requirement to wear masks in transport hubs and on planes.

However, France is still one of the last EU countries to still have covid-related travel restrictions in place – many other EU travel restrictions have been removed among France’s neighbours. France, Spain, Italy and Germany, some of Europe’s biggest travel arms, still have restrictions in place.

It is not known when France will abandon all its administrative formalities related to Covid travel. However, there has never been an easier time to visit in the past two years as most restrictions have been lifted for most people, especially those who are fully vaccinated and come from a country classified as green (this list was recently expanded further). ).

Anyone with a booster can enter France and anyone traveling from a country on the green list can enter for non-essential travel purposes – this list now includes the US and the UK

The French Vaccine Pass is no longer required to access public events and spaces, such as cinemas and concert halls.

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