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How to travel to France from the US in September 2021

This post was written as of September 15, 2021. Things are changing very rapidly so I advise you to visit the French government website for the most up to date information.

If you have been following me on Instagram, you may have picked up on some of the clues I have been dropping the past week. Yes, I am going to France soon. This is a trip to see family that is long overdue. My husband hasn’t seen his sister in almost three years. We had many hesitations about traveling due to the pandemic, but I actually feel safer traveling to Europe than I do to many parts of the United States. (ahem, looking at you southern states!) Vaccination rates in France are higher than many states. Plus, there are restrictions about entering the country as well as returning to the US. You cannot even board a flight back to the USA without getting a COVID test.

This trip feels very different from past trips to France because there are many more requirements due to COVID. I had been anxiously awaiting for updates on travel restrictions since we booked our tickets. Just last week, the United States was moved to the “Amber List.” At first, I was worried that we would have to make changes to our trip but we are fully vaccinated so we are good to go!

From the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs website:

If you are vaccinated, you can travel to France with no restrictions linked to health conditions. The measures applicable to vaccinated adults also apply to any minors accompanying them, whether they are vaccinated or not. You can therefore travel with your underage children, whether they are vaccinated or not, and they will not need to self-isolate. Unvaccinated children aged 12 and over will need to present a negative test result as described below.

If you are NOT vaccinated, there are rules depending on your country of origin. Please do your own research.

A few people have asked what I need to travel as well as how to apply for the pass sanitaire (health passport). This Coronavirus-Advice for Foreign Nationals in France post is a comprehensive FAQ to help answer your questions. Please refer to that if you have questions, I am just sharing my personal experience below.

  1. GET FULLY VACCINATED.
    Whether you are traveling or not, get your full vaccination NOW! Period. JUST DO IT.* I seriously cannot emphasize this enough. It doesn’t have anything to do with travel but with protecting others.
    *unless you are medically exempt, of course
  2. Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP).
    I do this before any international trip but it has been especially helpful leading up to traveling during COVID. Emails are sent out regularly about your destination country. This includes everything from COVID information to protests to terrorism warning levels. It also alerts the state department that US Citizens are overseas. Get in the habit of using this system when you travel. I have been doing it for years.
  3. Apply for the France COVID certificate.
    This is for fully vaccinated tourists to France. Every person you are traveling with needs to apply for this separately. Give yourself enough time to get this processed before you travel. To apply for this COVID certification you will need to submit: a digital copy of your passport, your airline ticket, a copy of your CDC vaccination card, and will need to fill out the required questionnaire. Allow 2 weeks minimum for processing, although sometimes it can happen quickly. Once approved, you will receive an email with instructions on how to access your “Certificat COVID numerique UE.” I printed two copies as well as saved it to my phone just in case!
  4. Complete the French Certificate of International Travel.
    This form is required for border control measures both on entering and leaving the country. Countries have been classified based on health indicators. The United States is currently on the “Amber List,” as of September 15, 2021.
  5. Pack your documents in your carry-on bag.
    This includes your passport, your CDC vaccination card, your Certificat COVID, your French Certificate of International Travel, proof of your destination location, and proof of return. This might be overkill but better safe than sorry.

I am writing this prior to my trip, so I am hoping all of my research pays off and we get into France with no issues.

On a somewhat related note, I have also been doing a ton of research to figure out what is still open in terms of gluten-free food options in France. Just like in New York City, many places shut down permanently due to the pandemic. You cannot rely on just one resource for traveling these days. You need to check your sources, check with the restaurant, and then I highly suggest following up with them as your trip approaches. Everything can change in the blink of an eye these days as more COVID variants pop up and more lockdowns are put in place. I will be sure to share my food discoveries once I return.

You can follow along on my Cote d’Azur adventures on my Gluten-Free Globetrotter Instagram page!

Au revoir, mes amis!

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Gluten-Free Living – An American Perspective

I was recently interviewed by Annika Dhariwal, founder of Gluten Free Jio, for her webinar series featuring gluten-free and celiac experts from across the globe. I was very honored to share my experience of growing up with celiac disease with her audience and the history behind Gluten-Free Globetrotter. We talked about celiac disease as a child, traveling the world, and differences between India and the United States. It was a very interesting conversation.

Annika is a celiac teenager from India who is currently studying at boarding school in the United Kingdom. She shares my love of traveling and doesn’t let celiac disease stop her from seeing the world. When I asked Annika the meaning of her website name “Gluten Free Jio,” I just loved her explanation.

Gluten Free Jio means to live gluten free. Jio in Hindi means to live. The idea behind this is to spread awareness about living a gluten free life in India and share my story and experiences of living in a boarding school and traveling as a celiac.”

Annika Dhariwal, founder of Gluten Free Jio

You can read Annika’s moderator notes here and watch the video below. You can also find the interview on YouTube.


Thank you for listening!

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Gluten-Free Globetrotter WEGO Health Awards 2021 Nominee

I am beyond honored to announce I have been nominated for multiple awards in the 10th Annual WEGO Health Awards including “Advocating for Another,” “Lifetime Achievement Award” and “Best Team Performance.” (I have also been nominated for Best in Show: Podcast, but I don’t have a podcast. Maybe this is a hint to start one?!) This is an especially meaningful nomination since I have been involved with WEGO Health for more than 10 years now!

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Forty Years of Living with Celiac Disease

As of today, I have officially been living with celiac disease and eating gluten-free for forty years.

YES, you read that correctly… FORTY YEARS.

“But how, you don’t look a day over 29?” I know, right?

But all joking aside, I use July 9, 1981 as my celiac anniversary because I have the medical records to prove it. When my mother sold my childhood home seven years ago, I came across my pediatric medical records which was basically as thick as a phone book. (Remember those?)

My medical records from 1981

As I flipped through my medical records, two entries that stopped me in my tracks.

7/9/81: Dx celiac
7/17/81: Most likely celiac disease, responding well to gluten free diet

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Gluten-Free Globetrotter Amazon Prime Day Deals

Just in time for Amazon Prime Day, I have relaunched my Gluten-Free Globetrotter store on Amazon.com. In my storefront, I share some of my favorite gluten-free travel foods, gear to help transport your gluten-free food, items to use in a shared kitchen to keep your gluten-free food safer, and even gadgets to prepare food on the go. Anyone living with celiac disease or food allergies knows that you don’t leave home without your back-up kit. Now is the time to build yours!

What is one item you cannot leave home without when traveling gluten-free? Is it missing from my list? Let me know in the comments below!

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Please note, I am part of the Amazon Influencer Program where I might earn affiliate commissions from Amazon for qualifying purchases. This is at no cost to you.

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Are you renting a summer house? Here is my post and checklist about keeping your rental kitchen gluten-free this summer.

Gluten-Free Globetrotter Kitchen Checklist

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