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Vaccinated Americans Will Be Allowed To Travel To Europe This Summer

After non-essential American travelers were banned from the European Union’s 27 countries for nearly a year, the bloc of nations will soon allow tourists to visit once again.

Travelers participating in a test holiday to Rhodos organised by Sunweb travel agency are seen at Schiphol Airport on April 12, 2021 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. | Getty Images
Travelers participating in a test holiday to Rhodos organised by Sunweb travel agency are seen at Schiphol Airport on April 12, 2021 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. | Getty Images

American tourists who are fully vaccinated will reportedly be able to visit the European Union this summer, after the bloc of countries banned non-essential travelers from the U.S. due to the COVID-19 pandemic last spring.

The president of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, confirmed in an interview with the New York Times on Sunday that Americans who show proof of vaccination will be allowed to travel to any of the EU’s 27 countries this summer. Details on timing remain to be determined.

Von der Leyen said the decision came as the U.S. continues to be on track to potentially vaccinate 70% of the adult population by mid-June. She also noted that the three vaccines being administered in the U.S. — Pfizer/BioNTech, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson — have also been approved by the European Medicines Agency.

“This will enable free movement and the travel to the European Union,” Von der Leyen told The Times, though she did not specify when Americans would be able to travel to the EU.

Much like several other countries, the EU last year banned non-essential travelers because of the high number of COVID-19 cases spreading globally. The EU slowly began allowing travelers to visit from select countries in June 2020, but excluded the U.S. due to the amount of cases.

The Times reported that EU countries including Greece, Spain, Italy, Portugal, and Croatia typically receive millions of American tourists each year, which greatly contributes to their economies.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 42.5% of the total U.S. population have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine as of April 25, including 53.9% of adults (age 18 and older). President Joe Biden last week announced that all Americans over the age of 18 are now eligible to get the vaccine. Biden also said his administration is ahead of its original goal of administering 100 million shots within the first 100 days of his presidency; he has doubled that with 200 million shots as of April 21.

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