Air France Taking Off With Paris-Vancouver Flights

Air France will be offering two weekly flights between Vancouver and Paris from Dec. 14, 2020 to March 27, 2021.

Passengers will be on board the Paris-Papeete flight which is temporarily stopping in Vancouver replacing Los Angeles as the route’s refueling stop.

Catherine Guillemart-Dias, vice-president and general manager of Air France KLM Canada, said: “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,” indicated She added “it also gives businesses that need to ship cargo an extra alternative.”

This seat offer is limited to Vancouver-Paris-Vancouver travel and does not cover trips between French Polynesia and Canada. Flights may be booked on the Air France website or through a travel agent.

Russell Atkinson, director of air service development, Vancouver Airport Authority, said: “Vancouver International Airport (YVR) remains one of four airports in Canada accepting international flights for the essential movement of passengers and goods. The return of the Air France service offers YVR passengers who need to travel an additional option to connect to Paris and onward.”

Apart from certain exceptions, including visa holders and travellers for business, humanitarian or medical reasons, Air France reminds holders of Canadian passports they 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 Covid 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 Covid-19 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.

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