Americans who’ve been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 will be able to visit the European Union over the summer.
“One thing is clear: All 27 member states will accept, unconditionally, all those who are vaccinated with vaccines that are approved by E.M.A.,” Ursala von der Leyen, the president of the European Commission, revealed in an interview with The New York Times.
The US currently offers citizens the Moderna, Pfizer/BioNTech, and Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines, all of which are European Medicines Agency-approved vaccines.
Up until Leyen’s interview, the European Union had been holding strong on its stance to ban travelers from the United States from crossing its borders.
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As reported by The New York Times, both European Union and US officials are in constant talks but have not yet confirmed set dates for the resumption of travel, which depend “on the epidemiological situation.”
We do know, however, that European countries and the US officials seem to be in agreement that government-issued vaccine certificates would be acceptable and readable.
The European Union has already begun the process of administering “digital green certificates,” which state whether the traveler has been vaccinated against COVID-19, has recovered from the disease in recent months, or has tested negative for the virus in the past few days.
Europeans will be able to use their certificates to travel without added restrictions in all 27 nations.
Currently, the US CDC has listed all European countries as very high-risk countries for risk of COVID-19 transmission and continues to recommend against international travel.