EU to Allow Vaccinated American Tourists to Visit This Summer
Fully vaccinated American tourists will be able to visit the European Union by the summer. Speaking in an interview with the New York Times, European Commission President Ursula von de Leven said: "“The Americans, as far as I can see, use European Medicines Agency-approved (EMA) vaccines. This will enable free movement and the travel to the European Union."
The announcement comes as a welcome relief after an extended travel shutdown has lasted more than 12 months. Non-essential global movement has been severely restricted as a means of controlling the COVID-19 viral pandemic.
Following an extremely successful initial vaccine rollout, the United States has inoculated a large swath of its adult population. Talks between international government authorities then turned to the feasibility and logistics of so-called "vaccine passports." These documents serve as certificates that demonstrate confirmed immunity for visitors; what remains is a shift in policy from the EU's side to reactivate travel with the United States.
President von de Leven continued: “One thing is clear: "All 27 [EU] member states will accept, unconditionally, all those who are vaccinated with vaccines that are approved by EMA." The agency, which serves as a regulator for the EU's drugs, has approved all three vaccines being used in the United States.
She did not offer a precise timeline for when vaccinated American tourists will be able to enter the EU, nor did she provide details on how it will happen. However, these official comments serve as an authoritative statement that the current context of restrictions will change thanks to vaccine certificates.