If all EU countries agree to the measures, nonessential travel (as in, travel for pleasure, not just for business) could begin as early as June 1.
What will the requirements be for traveling to Europe?
The simplest way to get into Europe once tourism has fully reopened is to get vaccinated.
Once you’ve been fully vaccinated with a vaccine that has been approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA), you’ll be permitted to enter.
Luckily for Americans, the vaccines being administered in the US – Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson – are all approved by the EMA.
Individual countries could choose to impose stricter requirements, like requiring negative COVID-19 tests.
The proposed measures include what is being called an “emergency brake” to quickly shut down travel if a country has a new outbreak.
Wait, aren’t some European countries already open?
Yes! A couple are. Because several European countries are heavily reliant on foreign tourism and have been economically struggling without that foreign money, they made the decision to reopen early.
Greece opened to foreign tourists from the EU and around the world, including the US, earlier this month.
Visitors must present proof they have been vaccinated (like a vaccine passport), or they will need to give the negative results of a PCR test that was taken within 72 hours before arriving.
Iceland is also open to American travelers, as long as those travelers can prove they have been fully vaccinated or previously had the virus.
Other popular tourist destinations – including France, Ireland and Germany – still have restrictions in place that keep American tourists out, but that could all change soon if the EU votes to pass the travel measures.
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