Travelers can rejoice and that’s because there’s great news that will possibly change their summer plans this summer. After one long year of not being able to cool down with a gelato in Rome, devour freshly-baked croissants in Paris or visit the gates of Buckingham Palace in London, there’s a new report that says fully vaccinated Americans will be able to vacation in Europe this summer. Here’s what you need to know.
Fully Vaccinated Americans Will Be Able To Enjoy Europe This Summer
According to the European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen, Americans who have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19 will be able to visit the European Union this summer. This is a long time coming for many travelers, as the borders have been closed ever since the ongoing pandemic that has been the coronavirus managed to shut down life as we know it back during the first quarter of 2020.
“The Americans, as far as I can see, use European Medicines Agency-approved vaccines,” von der Leyen said, according to the Times report. “This will enable free movement and the travel to the European Union.”
But, the EU will only accept visitors who’ve received COVID-19 vaccines that have been approved by the European Medicines Agency. That would include the three vaccines that have been authorized for use in the United States — Moderna, Johnson & Johnson and Pfizer/BioNTech.
What’s more, many European Union countries agreed this month to launch Covid-19 travel passes that would permit people who have been vaccinated against the disease, recovered from an infection or have tested negative to travel more easily.
With that said though, very few countries in Europe are open for tourism right now. The U.S. State Department, which had lifted its global Do Not Travel advisory in August 2020, recently aligned its country-by-country travel advisories with those issued by the CDC, which means travel is highly discourages.
The only countries who are welcoming tourists again include Croatia, Greece, Iceland and Turkey. Tourists can expect others to announce a gradual return to tourism in the months ahead. We will definitely update you with all of the latest details as they come in.