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France reopened its borders for tourists Wednesday and initiated a new stage of lockdown easing, including allowing restaurants and cafes to serve customers indoors.

France will now welcome fully vaccinated foreign visitors with no need to show a negative Covid-19 test, if they come from another EU country or one of its green list states: Australia, South Korea, Israel, Japan, Lebanon, New Zealand and Singapore.

Other non-vaccinated travelers from the same countries will need to carry a negative Covid-19 test taken up to 72 hours before take-off.

Visitors from red list countries are still barred from entering the country, while those coming from orange countries will need a negative test result up to 48 hours before departure.

The new easing of restrictions will also see capacity at commercial and cultural venues, such as museums, movie theatres, music festivals, sporting events and concert halls increase to 65%, with a maximum limit of 5,000 attendants.

To avoid a new surge of infections, requiring a Covid certificate to assistants will be mandatory at events with more than 1,000 people.

The curfew was moved back to 11 pm until 6am, allowing restaurants and cultural venues to extend their operating hours. EFE

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