Travel to Europe for fully vaccinated Americans may resume soon
Europe’s reopening to tourists is said to come more than a year after travel between the two continents was closed in an attempt to limit the spread of COVID-19.
American tourists will be able to visit European Union countries this summer as long as they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, the president of the European Commission told the New York Times on Sunday.
Europe’s reopening to tourists is said to come more than a year after travel between continents was closed in a bid to limit the spread of COVID-19.
“Americans, as far as I know, use vaccines approved by the European Medicines Agency,” European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said in an interview with The New York Times. “This will allow free movement and travel to the European Union”.
His comments come as millions of Americans continue to be vaccinated. As of Sunday, 42.2% of the U.S. population had received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and 28.5% of the population is fully vaccinated, according to data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
“Because one thing is clear: the 27 member states will unconditionally accept anyone who is vaccinated with EMA-approved vaccines,” said von der Leyen. The three vaccines approved in the United States, Pfizer / BioNTech, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson, have also been approved in Europe.
According to the Times, von der Leyen did not provide a specific timeline on when tourist travel could resume and warned that the resumption of travel is conditional “on the epidemiological situation, but the situation is improving in the United States. , because it is, hopefully, also improving in the European Union. ”
von der Leyen is the highest European official to make optimistic comments on the resumption of tourist travel between the two continents.
Some EU countries have already planned to allow fully vaccinated travelers. Earlier this month, Croatia announced that fully vaccinated people from any country will be able to travel to Croatia without the need for testing or quarantine. Greece also announced similar plans, opening up to vaccinated travelers, among others qualified, on May 15.