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EU President: Americans Can Visit This Summer

Rising U.S. vaccination rates, EU-approved vaccines are two factors behind the move.

European Union Summer Travel

Americans could visit European Union countries in time for summer.

European Union countries will allow Americans fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to visit this summer, according to a New York Times interview with Ursula von der Leyen, president of the European Commission. 

She cited the U.S. vaccination rates as one reason, adding that all three of the vaccines used in the U.S. (Pfizer, Moderna and Janssen) have been approved by the EU’s European Medicines Agency. In addition, U.S. and EU authorities have been working behind the scenes to facilitate travel through the use of vaccine certificates (or “passports”). 

The bloc closed its borders in March 2020 to try and halt the spread of COVID-19. 

Many EU countries are hinting at opening to travelers for the lucrative summer tourist season. Greece has started welcoming U.S. tourists who have a negative COVID test or proof of vaccination, and Americans with vaccine certificates will be allowed to travel to France in the summer, French President Emmanuel Macron recently told CBS News’ Face the Nation. 

There are 27 countries in the European Unionincluding France, Ireland, Italy, Portugal, Spain, Germany, Sweden and Greece.  

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advises delaying travel until you are fully vaccinated. Those deciding to travel – vaccinated or not – should still take steps to protect themselves and others, following CDC guidance. AAA reminds travelers always to refer to the latest information and guidance from the CDC and State Department. 

Looking to plan your next vacation? Be sure to consult a knowledgeable AAA Travel advisor, who is more important than ever during a pandemic to help guide you through the rapidly changing travel landscape.  

 

Comments
  • Frank W.

    What about visiting Russia which requires a visa? My wife would like to visit her family and friends and I would like to go with her. What I have found on the Internet has been rather confusing as to whether U.S. citizens can get a visa, where the application is to be submitted, and the cost of the visa. Are you able to find out?

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  • Pamela C.

    I am looking for short vacation all inclusive in Cancun Mexico or Dominican Republic from June 23 to 27th.

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    • Dana L.

      Hi Pamela!
      I just forwarded your comment to a AAA Travel advisor, who should contact you shortly. In the meantime, we have plenty of information at AAA.com/Travel to get you started with your research!
      Thanks for reading!
      – Dana L.

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