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Coronavirus : Macron « lèvera progressivement » les restrictions d’entrée sur le territoire français début mai​

MIS À JOUR LE 18/04/21 À 20H22

Les Américains vaccinés pourront notamment rentrer à nouveau sur le territoire
American citizens vaccinated will be allowed to enter France beginning of May
Good new
 
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Coronavirus : Macron « lèvera progressivement » les restrictions d’entrée sur le territoire français début mai​

MIS À JOUR LE 18/04/21 À 20H22

Les Américains vaccinés pourront notamment rentrer à nouveau sur le territoire
American citizens vaccinated will be allowed to enter France beginning of May
Good new
Wow - great news for Americans. I’m sure bookings are filling fast !
They have done well with their vaccination program.
I will follow enviously from a distance.
 

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Do you have a link for this, please?
 

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Here is one...

I had a quick look and it sounds like it is something that they are seriously considering, but it does not sound like it is a sure thing. Either way, soon things will open up. In France and Spain.
Thanks for the link Ivar .. I was a bit too enthusiastic maybe after reading this quick breaking new which didn’t have too many details obviously
It s good also to check https://www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/fr/venir-en-france/ which is updated and with the official infos ( might b in English too
 
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Wow - great news for Americans. I’m sure bookings are filling fast !
They have done well with their vaccination program.
I will follow enviously from a distance.
Here in Australia vaccinations are proceeding very slowly. There appears to be very little chance of a Camino for us in 2021.
 
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I live in SW France and have my second vaccine mid-may - it was a slow start in France but they seem to be picking up pace now and most of my friends have had their first jab or an appointment for it. My little group of friends will all be sorted with both shots by June. I am certainly hopeful that I'll be walking somewhere this summer!

My 'day' job is as a singer and I've not worked since March last year BUT we have a weekly contract with a Bordeaux cruise where the clients are 90% North American... and the cruiseline has indicated that we may start again in August. It feels like such a long time ago that we were performing... I hope I haven't forgotten how 🤭
 

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When I read this translation, Ido not think It means an American will be able to fly to Europe by May....sounds more like summer months......sometime😆
 

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Given the repeated variant-based surges with their consequent lockdowns, which affect both residents and travelers, I would still proceed with caution. There's no sense in rushing over there just to be locked down for a month ...

... oh wait, that would be a month of French food.
 

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I live in SW France and have my second vaccine mid-may - it was a slow start in France but they seem to be picking up pace now and most of my friends have had their first jab or an appointment for it. My little group of friends will all be sorted with both shots by June. I am certainly hopeful that I'll be walking somewhere this summer!

My 'day' job is as a singer and I've not worked since March last year BUT we have a weekly contract with a Bordeaux cruise where the clients are 90% North American... and the cruiseline has indicated that we may start again in August. It feels like such a long time ago that we were performing... I hope I haven't forgotten how 🤭
Do you live in the Dordogne? We are planning on being there in September if the vaccinated rule holds! Also will be looking for property in the Dordogne.
 
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Wow - great news for Americans. I’m sure bookings are filling fast !
They have done well with their vaccination program.
I will follow enviously from a distance.
Kind words appreciated, but the fact remains that two recent polls show 25-30% of USA residents are planning to wait at least 3 months to one year to get vaccinated. As a volunteer at a vaccine clinic, I can tell you (anecdotally, not scientifically) that each week we are having unfilled appointments, beginning about two weeks ago. The initial rush of people who really wanted the vaccine is nearing the point where we now must convince the sceptics to get the jab in the arm. It is necessary to get that last cohort of Americans vaccinated so we can reach "herd immunity" (which is around 80% of the populace being vaccinated).
Thanks to the OP and Ivar for the news about a glimmer of hope that travel to Europe will again be possible, maybe even later in 2021. That is news that we've been waiting to hear!

Buen Camino and Stay Safe.
 

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When I read the first post I was ready to go to the Delta (the airline I almost always fly) immediately and make flight reservations for May. Glad I read on. But here's hoping that it's sometime soon. In the meantime I'll start brushing up my French; fortunately I'm bilingual in Spanish, so I don't need to work on that.
 
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I live in SW France and have my second vaccine mid-may - it was a slow start in France but they seem to be picking up pace now and most of my friends have had their first jab or an appointment for it. My little group of friends will all be sorted with both shots by June. I am certainly hopeful that I'll be walking somewhere this summer!

My 'day' job is as a singer and I've not worked since March last year BUT we have a weekly contract with a Bordeaux cruise where the clients are 90% North American... and the cruiseline has indicated that we may start again in August. It feels like such a long time ago that we were performing... I hope I haven't forgotten how 🤭
As a retired cruise ship captain, I sure hope you and the rest of the cursing world gets back to work very, very soon.
 

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Personally I pray the US will share the vaccine with our world brothers & sisters. This can only go away if the shots get into arms. We have the product but we can’t hoard it while we wait for those who can’t find the time to go get it. Makes me crazy my neighbors just across the border are struggling in Canada. I can wait until everyone who wants a shot gets one. Much bigger than my desire to get back on the Camino.
 

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Comments solicited. If indeed France allows fully vaccinated Americans (both shots) into the country in May, what prevents itchy feet pilgrims from starting their Camino Frances in Saint Jean Pied de Port and follow the usual route into Santiago? Are there border controls along the way past Orisson or Arneguy? Or am I just being a devils advocate here? Just saying.
 

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@joramos I would hope that what would stop any of our members would be that they abide by the law. If the Spanish are still restricting entry that is the end of it.

Would members please ensure that they do not suggest or encourage anyone to break the law. Posts that do will be deleted and repeat offenders will receive points that may put them on moderation.
 
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When I read the first post I was ready to go to the Delta (the airline I almost always fly) immediately and make flight reservations for May. Glad I read on. But here's hoping that it's sometime soon. In the meantime I'll start brushing up my French; fortunately I'm bilingual in Spanish, so I don't need to work on that.
Sorry for jumping on the new without checking enough please forgive me ! ... I just felt so enthusiastic too !! I should have verify the info better ...
Bon courage pour le français !
 

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Sorry for jumping on the new without checking enough please forgive me ! ... I just felt so enthusiastic too !! I should have verify the info better ...
Don't feel bad - It is very difficult to verify every news story! o_O My approach is to read an item, note that it is interesting, and then go to other sources to see what they say. Then I wait (with some skepticism) until some consensus seems to appear.
 
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Coronavirus : Macron « lèvera progressivement » les restrictions d’entrée sur le territoire français début mai​

MIS À JOUR LE 18/04/21 À 20H22

Les Américains vaccinés pourront notamment rentrer à nouveau sur le territoire
American citizens vaccinated will be allowed to enter France beginning of May
Good new
In that case, we Americans could freely hike from SJPdP to Roncesvalles?
 
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In that case, we Americans could freely hike from SJPdP to Roncesvalles?
You could indeed, subject of course to Spains view of the situation. While the French may be happy to see a vaccinated American in Paris the Spanish may not be so chuffed about one in Navarra. We remain in wait & see mode.
 

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( Apologies, I am technically inadequate... and though this is the site, it is not a link!)

Here is the official government website, last updated on 14/4.

There is still a need for a seven day isolation period, currently.
 

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( Apologies, I am technically inadequate... and though this is the site, it is not a link!)
Your technical skills are fine. You have indeed posted a link to the site.
 
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Personally I pray the US will share the vaccine with our world brothers & sisters. This can only go away if the shots get into arms. We have the product but we can’t hoard it while we wait for those who can’t find the time to go get it. Makes me crazy my neighbors just across the border are struggling in Canada. I can wait until everyone who wants a shot gets one. Much bigger than my desire to get back on the Camino.
More practical reasons why Canada is struggling with vaccines:
 

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Personally I pray the US will share the vaccine with our world brothers & sisters. This can only go away if the shots get into arms. We have the product but we can’t hoard it while we wait for those who can’t find the time to go get it. Makes me crazy my neighbors just across the border are struggling in Canada. I can wait until everyone who wants a shot gets one. Much bigger than my desire to get back on the Camino.
Thank you for your concern for Canadians. We are continuing to vaccinate in Alberta, although we frequently run out of vaccines. We have got down to giving first doses to persons aged 30 and up willing to accept a less popular vaccine, but have once again run out; deliveries to Canada of another vaccine are halted for the moment. However, I believe that we have had a lower death rate in Canada than in the U.S. and feel sorrow for your losses. This pandemic is a challenge which we all face as best we can. I hope that we are reaching the end, at least, in the developed countries. Many countries are closed to Canadians at present but I shall go on camino when I have received my second dose of vaccine and am welcome in Spain.
 
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Good news now is that Canada has reached #2 among the G20 nations for daily vaccination.

100% of my small family of 4 is now vaccinated on first dose, and we will all have the second by the first week of August (3 Pfizers for immune compromised and a developmental disabilty for one of us; my poor Gen X spouse with a heart condition got the AZ shot and he’s taking the after effects on the chin. Hopefully by Tuesday he will be right as rain).
Canada struggles with our dipsersed population and the cost of storing and shipping to so few people who are so spread out, but we’ve come so so far in a very short period of time. At the beginning of the year we had only one freezer in my region that could handle the MRNA vaccines. Now we have 6 sites that can handle that, and our pharmacies were so busy this past week that they *ran out* and will get more AZ Starting tomorrow.

More and more I hope that it will be safe for the traveller and the destination by the fall. I owe beloved spouse that CP has was to leave on May 11th 2020 after he’d been cleared for the journey by his cardiologist on March 11th (we shut down March 12th).

And even if I need a booster at the end of November, I’m hoping that Jan ‘22 will be good to go.

If not, I’ll just keep dreaming with the real estate listings and with my local hiking (29 km yesterday; 22km the day before....
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Thank you for your concern for Canadians. We are continuing to vaccinate in Alberta, although we frequently run out of vaccines.
I think that in the US the supply will soon outstrip demand because of those who will refuse it. I hope that it will find its way into the arms of Canadians and those in other countries who need it to stop this scourge.

 
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This article just came across my news, but I cannot read it as I do not subscribe to the NY Times. Perhaps someone does or it is published elsewhere as well:

E.U. Set to Let Vaccinated U.S. Tourists Visit This Summer​

 

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Thank you for your concern for Canadians. We are continuing to vaccinate in Alberta, although we frequently run out of vaccines. We have got down to giving first doses to persons aged 30 and up willing to accept a less popular vaccine, but have once again run out; deliveries to Canada of another vaccine are halted for the moment. However, I believe that we have had a lower death rate in Canada than in the U.S. and feel sorrow for your losses. This pandemic is a challenge which we all face as best we can. I hope that we are reaching the end, at least, in the developed countries. Many countries are closed to Canadians at present but I shall go on camino when I have received my second dose of vaccine and am welcome in Spain.
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I am very relieved to know you have received one dose. As you know this has been a very difficult year. There has been enough loss in our world. Yet the world has a very long way to go. I am glad you are planning another.
So I ask all to join in simply sending a prayer to ask to protect those who are still in harms way.
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Don't feel bad - It is very difficult to verify every news story! o_O My approach is to read an item, note that it is interesting, and then go to other sources to see what they say. Then I wait (with some skepticism) until some consensus seems to appear.
Yes, it is what I use to do generally !!!
This article just came across my news, but I cannot read it as I do not subscribe to the NY Times. Perhaps someone does or it is published elsewhere as well:

E.U. Set to Let Vaccinated U.S. Tourists Visit This Summer

Fully vaccinated Americans will be able to vacation in the EU this summer, European Commission president tells New York Times
https://www.cnn.com/2021/04/25/us/europe-vaccinated-americans-summer-eu-vacation/index.html
 
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All of us have access to daily (and hourly) news reports from around the world, so it is probably not necessary to post links to the major news sources as the stories are still evolving.

There isn't really any news to report yet, since I note in the story that "Von der Leyen did not offer a timeline on when exactly tourist travel might open up or details on how it would occur, according to the report."
 

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Thank you for your concern for Canadians. We are continuing to vaccinate in Alberta, although we frequently run out of vaccines. We have got down to giving first doses to persons aged 30 and up willing to accept a less popular vaccine, but have once again run out; deliveries to Canada of another vaccine are halted for the moment. However, I believe that we have had a lower death rate in Canada than in the U.S. and feel sorrow for your losses. This pandemic is a challenge which we all face as best we can. I hope that we are reaching the end, at least, in the developed countries. Many countries are closed to Canadians at present but I shall go on camino when I have received my second dose of vaccine and am welcome in Spain.
Well it seems the border is open we have a daily open mall area that is walk in. You are always welcome to stay with us Alberta girl, if you want the second shot earlier. Send me a PM if you are interested or if you have any family 18or older. If you or anyone you know is interested I will go over to the shot clinic & verify if they have any restrictions. & what type of shots are available.
 

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Well it seems the border is open we have a daily open mall area that is walk in. You are always welcome to stay with us Alberta girl, if you want the second shot earlier. Send me a PM if you are interested or if you have any family 18or older. If you or anyone you know is interested I will go over to the shot clinic & verify if they have any restrictions. & what type of shots are available.
How kind. I don't know if the border is open, to other than cross-border truckers. But I have just seen a very encouraging news clip about the governor of North Dakota. Having had all his residents vaccinated, he has opened his vaccination system to North Dakota/Manitoba cross-border truckers. About 400 have been vaccinated so far. The premier of Saskatchewan is apparently exploring the possibility that this be extended to North Dakota/Saskatchewan cross-border truckers. And significant quantities of the AstraZenika vaccine have been "loaned" to the Canadian government by the U.S., which has not yet approved its use there. So the vaccines are coming into Canada, or Canadian arms, thanks to the great ongoing relationships which we have with our neighbours to the south. And thanks very much.
Having had my first shot, I feel safe for the present and hopeful that my second will come by the end of July, if not sooner: lots of time to make bookings for a September camino in Spain. And "Buen camino" to all.
 
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How kind. I don't know if the border is open, to other than cross-border truckers. But I have just seen a very encouraging news clip about the governor of North Dakota. Having had all his residents vaccinated, he has opened his vaccination system to North Dakota/Manitoba cross-border truckers. About 400 have been vaccinated so far. The premier of Saskatchewan is apparently exploring the possibility that this be extended to North Dakota/Saskatchewan cross-border truckers. And significant quantities of the AstraZenika vaccine have been "loaned" to the Canadian government by the U.S., which has not yet approved its use there. So the vaccines are coming into Canada, or Canadian arms, thanks to the great ongoing relationships which we have with our neighbours to the south. And thanks very much.
Having had my first shot, I feel safe for the present and hopeful that my second will come by the end of July, if not sooner: lots of time to make bookings for a September camino in Spain. And "Buen camino" to all.
I guess that tells me you arn’t a trucker 😎

Back to the topic of French allowing non European folks into France. Anyone? Has Spain put security on the crossing points such as the trail from Pied de port to Roncevalleas Or the crossing points from Portugal into Spain?
 

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I guess that tells me you arn’t a trucker 😎

Back to the topic of French allowing non European folks into France. Anyone? Has Spain put security on the crossing points such as the trail from Pied de port to Roncevalleas Or the crossing points from Portugal into Spain?
I have wondered this same thing, myself. We are planning to cross over from SJPDP...
 

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Back to the topic of French allowing non European folks into France. Anyone? Has Spain put security on the crossing points such as the trail from Pied de port to Roncevalleas Or the crossing points from Portugal into Spain?
Maybe they are going on the honor system? In other words, if the border is closed that people will be honorable and respect it.
 

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Has Spain put security on the crossing points such as the trail from Pied de port to Roncevalleas Or the crossing points from Portugal into Spain?

I have wondered this same thing, myself. We are planning to cross over from SJPDP...
This has been mentioned and discussed in various threads. However, we are watching the discussions for suggestions that violating the border restrictions is acceptable. It is not acceptable to cross a closed border (especially when that information is widely broadcast) simply because no one is looking.
 

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That would be the governments responsibility for the area. I have to get out of my armchair now.
 
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