Will you or your guests be able to travel to France or Italy in the upcoming weeks without restrictions?
Now that France and Italy have initiated a progressive lifting of lockdown, many international couples are still wondering whether or not they should postpone their summer or Fall nuptials.
Here’s the situation as of today (May 18):
- Most businesses re-opened on May 11, with the exception of cafés, bars and restaurants. These establishments should be able to resume their activity from June 2nd within the framework of sanitary measures in place.
- Masks are now compulsory in public transports. Wearing a mask when social distancing measures can’t be respected might become obligatory in several towns of the Côte d’Azur like Nice or Mougins. The mayors of these towns have issued a decree to maintain the measure that has been challenged by the Human Rights league.
- While the borders remain closed, French people can move freely in a 100km radius without an attestation to circulate.
- After June 15th, travelers from the Schengen open-border zone will be allowed to travel to France without being quarantined. In the meantime, people who need to travel in and out for work can do so.
- After this date, a 14-day quarantine will apply to travelers arriving from Spain. It was decided as a reciprocal measure after Spain applied a 14-day quarantine period on all travelers.
- Similarly, all non EU-members traveling to France after June 15th will be required to complete a travel certificate and present it at boarding and to the border control authorities. They might be subject to a 14-day mandatory quarantine.
- Gatherings are limited to 10 people.
- Religious ceremonies will resume on May 29 but with this 10-people limit. This decision should be re-examined on June 2nd.
- Some beaches in the Finistère, Côtes-d’Armor, Vendée and Loire-Atlantique departments have already re-opened last week. In the Var, the Alpes-Maritimes and Corsica, they are accessible to the public since this weekend (May 16-17). Swimming, walking and individual sporting activities are allowed while sunbathing remains prohibited.
- Ports re-opened on May 11 for boating and nautical leisure activities.
- No events with more than 5,000 people will be permitted before September 2020.
- Phase 1 of Italy’s de-confinement started on May 4th.
- Phase 2 is starting today with the opening of cafés, shops and terraces.
- Italy’s borders will re-open to foreign travelers from June 3rd.
- Restrictions on movements within Italy for Italian residents will end on May 18th.
- There will be no quarantine for European tourists upon entering Italy after June 3rd.
- Until then, travelers are required to complete a self-certification form declaring their purpose of travel, their place of departure and the address of their destination in Italy, and to present this to their carrier before boarding. They must inform the local health authority upon arrival.
- Non EU-members must self-isolate for 14 days from entry.
The situation regarding international tourists/couples traveling to France and/or Italy from mid June has not yet been clarified. We will of course keep you updated. In the meantime, keep safe and looking forward to seeing you soon!
The NOMAD Team