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Travel Europe to Open to Fully Vaccinated Travelers

21:20  19 may  2021
21:20  19 may  2021 Source:   afar.com

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Vaccinated travelers will soon be able to bypass the more than year-long ban on travel to Europe . European Union ambassadors on Wednesday agreed on measures to allow fully vaccinated visitors to enter the 27-nation bloc. The European Council “will now recommend that member states ease The developments come as Italy opened to U.S. leisure travelers on COVID-tested flights on May 16 and as France recently said it will open to Americans by June 9. Additionally, a handful of European countries have already started opening up to international travelers who are either vaccinated or

Greece is open to tourists from around 50 countries, including all EU states, the US, Canada, Russia, and China. To enter Greece, travelers must have either a vaccination certificate , a negative PCR test, or proof of recovery from COVID-19. The Greek government lists the following vaccines among However, fully vaccinated passengers with valid vaccination certificates are entirely exempt, no matter the color code of the country they come from. Cyprus accepts all vaccines approved for use in the EU as well as the Sputnik V and Sinopharm shots. Unlike many other countries, Cyprus considers

a train is parked on the side of a building: Europe to Open to Fully Vaccinated Travelers © Photo by Shutterstock Europe to Open to Fully Vaccinated Travelers

Vaccinated travelers will soon be able to bypass the more than year-long ban on travel to Europe. European Union ambassadors on Wednesday agreed on measures to allow fully vaccinated visitors to enter the 27-nation bloc.

The European Council “will now recommend that member states ease some of the current restrictions” for those who have been vaccinated, EU Commission spokesman Christian Wigand told the Associated Press.

He didn’t give a precise date for when the borders will reopen, but European leaders, including French President Emmanuel Macron, have indicated that June, if not sooner, is the goal.

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Ready to travel after your COVID vaccine ? Here's where you can go, and what to think about before you do. Many Americans are eager to start planning travel after receiving their COVID vaccine . And countries are once again open to international visitors—typically, with fewer entry requirements for those who are fully vaccinated . Some destinations, like Greece and Iceland, have welcomed vaccinated travelers since this spring, while others, like Chile and Singapore , are just beginning to reopen.

Fully vaccinated travellers can move within their approved hotel and interact with other guests, then upon passing a COVID-19 test administered on the ninth day, freely travel around the islands. Estonia, one of the pioneering countries of the travel bubble, is now open to tourists who have been vaccinated . The country recognizes all vaccines produced by the nine worldwide producers and not just the ones authorized by the European Medicines Agency (Pfizer/BioNTech, AstraZeneca and Moderna).

The majority of travelers from the United States and most non-European countries have been banned from entering much of Europe since March 17, 2020, when European Union leaders imposed strict travel restrictions to limit the spread of COVID-19. Those restrictions were ultimately extended until July 1, 2020, when the European Union began welcoming back travelers from a short list of approved countries. The latest version of the list includes seven nations: Australia, Israel, New Zealand, Rwanda, Singapore, South Korea, and Thailand.

The United States was never on the list. Conversely, the United States still has a ban in place on travel from the European Schengen Area, the United Kingdom, and Ireland, with the exception of U.S. citizens and permanent residents.

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Europe may be on the verge of reopening to American travelers after a year of border closures and travel bans. Does that mean we can start dreaming of an August tour of the Acropolis or a fall cruise down the Danube? Maybe. As reported in Sunday’s New York Times , Americans fully vaccinated against What about your kids? Though some individual European countries like Greece will allow all travelers with recent negative COVID-19 tests to enter, the overall E.U. stance seems to be that borders will only open to vaccinated Americans. No vaccine has been approved for children under 16.

Overseas visitors will soon be welcomed back to Europe . Photo Vincenzo Pace | Simple Flying. EU is preparing to open to the world. After more than a year of closed borders, the EU is preparing to open its doors once again for all fully vaccinated travelers . Following a meeting of European Union ambassadors today, an agreement has been reached to implement the change. This will allow visitors from all over the world to come back to the bloc’s 27 member states, without quarantine or testing requirements, providing they have received both doses of an EU-approved vaccine .

The European Union also agreed Wednesday to ease the criteria for nations to get approval for entry—when nations are approved, all travelers from the country can enter Europe, including tourists, not just those who are exempted (such as EU residents) as long as they submit to whatever entry requirements European countries have in place.

“The council should also soon expand the list of non-EU countries with a good epidemiological situation from where travel is permitted,” said Wigand.

Reuters reported that the EU is expected to unveil the new list this week or early next week. Based on data from the European Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (ECDC), the U.K. and a number of other countries would meet the new criteria, but the United States would not—although vaccinated Americans would still be allowed into Europe, Reuters reported.

The relaxation of restrictions on travel into Europe was proposed earlier this month by the European Commission, which said entry should be granted to all those fully vaccinated with EU-authorized shots, which are Pfizer/BioNTech, Moderna, AstraZeneca, and Johnson & Johnson.

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Europe to Reopen for Travel , Easing Rules for American Tourists. By. European Union governments agreed to allow quarantine-free travel for vaccinated tourists and visitors from countries deemed safe, paving the way for the resumption of hassle-free trans-Atlantic flights. Ambassadors from the EU’s 27 member states backed a proposal to waive quarantine for those with coronavirus inoculations approved by its drug regulator, including shots from Pfizer Inc. , Moderna Inc. and Johnson & Johnson .

Fully vaccinated travelers can enter without quarantine, as can those with negative Covid tests or proof of a past Covid infection. Everyone else can test upon arrival or self-isolate for 10 days. Tourists coming from outside of Europe ’s Schengen zone must also show proof of payment for their hotel or accommodation to get into Croatia. While Portugal’s mainland isn’t open to inoculated travelers yet, vaccinated travelers and Covid recoverees can enter Madeira, one of two autonomous regions of the country, without having to undergo Covid testing. The other region, the Azores, has no such provision.

Wigand said ambassadors also agreed on an “emergency brake” system designed to stop dangerous virus variants from entering the EU. If infections spike in a non-EU country, new travel limits will be enacted.

The developments come as Italy opened to U.S. leisure travelers on COVID-tested flights on May 16 and as France recently said it will open to Americans by June 9. Additionally, a handful of European countries have already started opening up to international travelers who are either vaccinated or present negative COVID-19 test results, including Greece and Iceland.

Associated Press contributed reporting.

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