Air France has confirmed that its two Paris-Papeete flights per week will temporarily stop to refuel in Vancouver rather than Los Angeles from 14 December 2020 to 27 March 2021.
“We are delighted to offer travellers who meet the criteria to enter France or any other of the world’s destinations we fly to, with this new option of doing so from Vancouver,” said Catherine Guillemart-Dias, Vice-President and General Manager of Air France KLM Canada. “It also gives businesses that need to ship cargo an extra alternative.”
Apart from certain exceptions, including visa holders and travelers for business, humanitarian or medical reasons, holders of Canadian passports are no longer admitted in France for non-essential reasons. Canadians may still transit through Paris to travel to other Air France KLM countries they are permitted to enter. Passengers in transit are submitted to the entry regulations of their final destination country.
European Union, Schengen area and UK residents and passport holders can enter France.
Health and safety requirements – negative rapid COVID19 testing, quarantining – may vary according to origin and destination.
All travellers, regardless of nationality, authorized to fly to France will require to complete an International Travel Certificate to Mainland France and a Sworn Statement of absence of COVID19 symptoms. In addition, a negative Covid test is now mandatory to enter France. It is recommended that a test be taken and the results obtained less than 72 hours prior departing from Canada. Tests are also available on arrival at Charles-de-Gaulle airport. In France, only RT PCR, RT LAMP or Antigenic test results are accepted.
The Level 3 health notice issued by the government of Canada warning against non-essential travel is still in effect for Canadian passport holders, as is the order banning foreign nationals from entering Canada. The Quarantine Act in effect applies to all travellers entering Canada.
Border openings and closings continue to fluctuate all over the world. Passengers are responsible for all the documents they require for their trip and must ensure they meet all of the destination country’s legal requirements pertaining to immigration and border control. Travellers are advised to check with the country in question as to the rules they must follow both at the time of booking their flight, a few days prior their departure and before leaving home for the airport.
“Vancouver International Airport (YVR) remains one of four airports in Canada accepting international flights for the essential movement of passengers and goods,” said Russell Atkinson, Director of Air Service Development, Vancouver Airport Authority. “The return of the Air France service offers YVR passengers who need to travel an additional option to connect to Paris and onward.”
(Source: Travel News Asia)