France conditionally reopens for foreign tourists

France has conditionally reopened for foreign tourists amid an easing of coronavirus restrictions.

Throughout the European Union, half of people aged 18 or older had received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine as of Wednesday. Member countries are relaxing restrictions on people's outings, and on activities at restaurants and bars.

French authorities on Wednesday allowed such establishments to serve customers indoors for the first time in about seven months. The start of the nationwide nighttime curfew was moved back from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m.

France also started accepting foreign tourists from EU members and other countries, including Japan and Australia. One of the conditions is for them to show that they have been vaccinated.

A tourist from Belgium who is visiting Paris said it's wonderful that many things have been reopened, and that she can travel in Europe and the rest of the world.

An employee at a souvenir shop on the Champs-Elysees in Paris said the situation is getting better, and he wants tourists to return as soon as possible.

Germany, Italy and Spain have also started accepting foreign tourists, with conditions attached.

But in Japan, people are still required to isolate themselves for 14 days upon returning from Europe. It will likely be some time before a large number of Japanese people travel there again.