(CMR) France has removed the United States from its safe travel list, following EU recommendations in the wake of a US COVID-19 spike. On Thursday, the popular tourist destination removed the United States and Israel from the country's “green” list, down to “orange,” prohibiting nonessential travel to France for unvaccinated visitors.
Unvaccinated travelers from these countries will still be allowed in provided they have an essential reason for travel; however, they'll need a negative COVID-19 test before travel and must quarantine for seven days on arrival.
Spain has also changed its entry policy for arrivals from the US, requiring them to have a certificate proving double vaccination. Denmark and the Netherlands have also recently updated their restrictions, requiring proof of vaccination for US travelers. Sweden, meanwhile, has banned all US arrivals regardless of vaccination status, CNN reported.
Last week, Italy began requiring all visitors, including those from the US, to show proof of a PCR or antigen test taken within 72 hours of travel, regardless of whether they are vaccinated.