EU Opening to U.S. Travelers


On Friday, the EU recommended that its 27 member countries open the doors to U.S. travelers. However, there are some caveats.

For one, each EU country makes its own entry decisions, which include whether to require COVID-19 testing or mandatory quarantine upon arrival.

There’s also some concern about the optics. The U.S. government has not yet lifted its ban on non-essential travel by Europeans, as NPR reported, quoting European Commission spokesman Adalbert Jahnz: “It goes without saying that we would expect the same from partner countries outside the EU for EU citizens traveling to those countries.”

The most recent opening development was Germany, which announced yesterday that it was lifting all travel restrictions for persons residing in the U.S. Travel to Germany for all purposes will be permitted again with proof of vaccination, proof of recovery from COVID-19, or negative test result required for entry via air travel, according to the German Tourism Board. Travelers in Germany must continue to wear a mask covering mouth and nose when aboard any public transport, in stores, busy outdoor places where the minimum distance can’t be kept.

In addition to Germany, Spain, Greece, Croatia, Iceland, Italy and France are among those countries that had already begun allowing vaccinated visitors and those with a negative COVID test.

For travel between EU countries, the new EU Digital COVID Certificate, a digital passport certifying that an individual has either been vaccinated, received a negative COVID test result, or recovered from COVID, is being introduced July 1.

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