(CNN) — France has become the latest European country -- and the most significant tourism destination -- to remove the United States from its safe travel list, following EU recommendations in the wake of a US Covid spike.
A French government decree issued on Thursday bumped the United States and Israel from the country's "green" list, down to "orange," effectively prohibiting nonessential travel to France for unvaccinated visitors.
Under France's rules, unvaccinated travelers from either country 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.
France's move follow restrictions imposed on US travelers from several other European destinations.
Earlier this week, Spain 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.
Many European travel destinations reopened their borders to Americans earlier in the summer in the hope of attracting much needed tourism dollars to boost Covid-battered economies. »