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 Union, including 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.