EU Travel Is One Step Closer


The European Union one step closer to opening for meetings and incentive travel. EU representatives agreed this week to ease restrictions for vaccinated travelers and those coming from countries where COVID-19 is “under control.”

However, their timing remains unclear, no starting dates have been released, and many of the details will be left up to the 27 EU member countries. The other issues are when and how a system for for proof of vaccination will be put in place.

Greece, Croatia, Iceland, Italy, France and Germany have begun allowing vaccinated visitors and those with a negative COVID test. Starting June 7, Spain will allow vaccinated travelers from the U.S.

France announced it would begin welcoming U.S. travelers soon as French President Emmanuel Macron has laid out a reopening plan that would allow U.S. travelers to enter the country starting on June 9. As long as COVID-19 levels remain under control in the country, and travelers can present proof of vaccination or a recent negative PCR COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours, they can begin traveling to France in June.

This week, Delta Air Lines and American Airlines began offering quarantine-free flights to Italy, following the Italian government lifting entry restrictions enabling American travelers to visit the country for the first time in more than a year. Prior to travel, they will need to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test and also upon arrival in Milan or Rome. After taking a second test at the airport producing a negative result, they will not need to quarantine in Italy.

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Barbara Scofidio is editor of Prevue and heads up the Visionary Summits, our exclusive conference series targeting senior-level meeting and incentive planners. In 25 years of covering the industry, her articles have spanned topics ranging from social media to strategic meetings management. She is currently the media liaison for FICP's Education Committee and was the first member of the media ever to be invited to sit on a committee by GBTA, where she spent three years on the Groups and Meetings Committee. She has also been an active member of Site, chairing its Crystal Awards committee and acting as a judge. A familiar face at industry events, Barbara often leads panel discussions or speaks on topics close to her heart, such as green meetings or how the industry can help combat human trafficking. She is also on the board of ECPAT USA, the human trafficking organization. Barbara is based outside Boston, in Groton, Mass.