We know these countries are already welcoming vaccinated travelers, but there’s even better news on the horizon! Summer travel just started looking better! According to the European Commission’s head, fully vaccinated Americans will be allowed to visit the 27 Schengen member states, as reported by The New York Times. Yes, it has been announced plans as Europe opens to vaccinated Americans this summer!
Spain’s Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez announced that travelers who’ve been fully vaccinated with a COVID-19 vaccine approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) will be welcomed into Spain, regardless of their country of origin, starting June 7th! The country is participating in a pilot program for the EU’s digital COVID-19 health certificate (find out more).
One of the reasons for the EU reopening to US travelers is the rapid speed of European Medicines Agency-approved vaccines. In addition, the potential introduction of a vaccine certificate, which the European Travel Commission has been pressing for some time. Combined this creates the perfect scenario for re-opening EU travel to vaccinated Americans.
Recently, rollout efforts for the EU-wide “Digital Green Certificates” (another form of Digital Health Passport) have taken another step forward, with member states deciding on the plans’ key technical requirements.
But Americans may start traveling to the European Union as early as June 7th. Interested in seeing Paris? Based on a recent statement by France’s President Emmanuel Macron. Macron has laid out a plan allowing foreign tourists with a digital health pass to visit France again starting June 9th.
In a recent CBS’ Face the Nation interview, Macron expressed a concerted effort for Americans. “We are working hard to propose a very concrete solution, especially for U.S. citizens who are vaccinated.”
We are providing a series on global reopenings from the COVID-19 pandemic. My first installment was Europe reopenings and restrictions.
Europe Open to Vaccinated Americans This Summer: 27 Countries
These are 27 Countries That Are Part Of The European Union
- Czech Republic
Logistics How Vaccinated Americans Can Visit Europe to be Determined
When a traveler arrives in Europe and displays evidence of a vaccination certificate issued by the US government, a “low-tech” E.U. vaccine certificate-equivalent may be used as a temporary alternative. Foreign-issued certificates would then become valid in Europe over time (and vice versa).
Currently, about 140 million Americans have received at least one injection of a COVID-19 vaccine. This estimates that approximately 94.8 million Americans are completely vaccinated. In other words, 42 percent of the population has received at least one injection and 29 percent are fully vaccinated. According to The Times, over the last two weeks, the United States has averaged 58,353 new daily cases, which is a 16 percent drop from the previous comparable time.
In an interview with The Times on Sunday, EU President Ursula von der Leyen emphasized this is made possible as the United States is administering
European Medicines Agency-approved vaccines [making] free movement and the travel to the European Union [possible.] All 27 member states will accept, unconditionally, all those who are vaccinated with vaccines that are approved by E.M.A.
Vaccinations which are currently approved the European Medicines Agency include those by Johnson & Johnson, Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech.
CDC Needs to Revise Policy
Meanwhile, the US government needs to act in concert with the European Union’s initiative. In short, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has a policy statement stating fully vaccinated Americans can resume travel at low risk to themselves. However, the CDC is still not recommending travel given rising coronavirus case counts. Additionally, even vaccinated travelers must comply with the CDC order, issued in January, requiring a negative coronavirus test to board international flights to the United States.
A logical conclusion is if the EU is accepting fully vaccinated passengers as low-risk the US government should as well. Arguments follow they should accordingly drop the mandatory testing for inbound passengers as well. Accordingly, testing requirement has created additional burden of expense and time on American travelers. In some cases, Americans have been left stranded abroad, due to lack of access of testing or delayed results reporting.
The travel industry has been calling on the CDC and President Biden’s administration to revise this requirement. They are asking for a policy which reflects the increased safety afforded fully vaccinated travelers.
This news follows on the announcement of several countries (some EU members) to allow vaccinated Americans to visit. These include Croatia, Greece, Iceland Spain and others. Although international travel may never be the same; this is a huge step in getting global travel closer to a new normal.
Ready, Set, Go!
American tourists who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 will be able to visit the European Union starting this summer; perhaps as early as June 7th!
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Through our Juicy Miles booking assistance site, we have seen a pent up demand for international travel, so this is a great development. Asia needs to move the needle on vaccinations and adopting some form of digital health passport. so fully vaccinated travelers can visit sooner, rather than later.
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