EU allows vaccinated Americans to travel to Europe this summer – IR INSIDER
The EU has banned non-essential travel to Europe for Americans since March 2020, but according to the New York Times, the ban could soon be lifted for vaccinated Americans. European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said she would present a political proposal to the bloc that would allow member states to vote on whether or not they would like to accept visitors who have received vaccines approved by the EU, just in time for summer.
“As far as I know, Americans use vaccines approved by the European Medicines Agency,” says von der Leyen. “This will allow free movement and travel to the European Union.”
She also added that the bloc would unconditionally accept all tourists who have received vaccines approved by the European Medicines Agency, the regulator of medicines in the EU. So far, the three vaccines used in the United States (Moderna, Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson) are agency approved.
After his initial remarks, von der Leyen did not specify when the policy will be proposed, nor gave any information on how tourism will be opened up and how vaccines will be applied. Yet his statement still suggests that the EU is making a policy change that favors a reopening, which may excite the economies of countries that depend on tourism.
“It is clear that this is a political orientation”, said the spokesperson for the commission, Eric Mamer. “There are many factual questions that will need to be answered, but it is important to set the horizon towards a goal.”
Member states should be able to reserve the right to change their policy when they deem it necessary, such as implementing stricter limits such as mandatory quarantines in the event of a dramatic increase in case rates. And some other countries have already started allowing Americans with a vaccine certificate and / or negative coronavirus test to enter, like Greece and Croatia, or have promised to start allowing Americans with a vaccine to pass in the coming months, like France.