EU may allow COVID-19 vaccinated tourists from USA to enter the EU

2 months ago

The European Union plans to allow free entry this summer for U.S. tourists who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, The New York Times reports.

“Americans, as far as I can tell, are using vaccines approved by the European Medicines Agency,” the newspaper quoted European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen as saying.

“This will allow free movement and travel to the European Union,” she said.

Although the EU will recommend it, member states can still maintain stricter restrictions, including quarantine, the paper stressed. The resumption of travel will depend “on the epidemiological situation, but the situation is improving in the United States, as hopefully in the European Union,” von der Leyen added, without giving a more specific timeline. The block regulator has approved three vaccines used in the United States from Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson.

The U.S. State Department last week issued “no-travel” recommendations for about 80 percent of the world, including most EU countries except Spain, Austria, Denmark and Estonia. The U.K. is also not on the list.

So far, about 42% of the U.S. population has received at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine, and 28.5% are fully vaccinated.