Monday, June 28, 2021

Americans Can Now Travel to Switzerland, France, Spain & Germany

Following the recommendation from the European Union Council to the Member States to reopen the borders for US travellers, several countries, including Switzerland, France, Spain, and Germany, have decided to follow such a suggestion and allow travel for non-essential purposes for arrivals from the US.

Switzerland has already relaxed its entry restrictions for third-country nationals wishing to visit the country, including US citizens. According to a press release issued by the Federal Council, travellers from the US who prove that they have been vaccinated against the Coronavirus will no longer be subject to entry restrictions upon their arrival in Switzerland.

The requirement to present a negative Coronavirus test result only applies to those who have not been vaccinated against the virus as well as to the ones that have been immunised with a vaccine that has not been approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA).

Similarly, France has also opened its borders for US travellers after the country had a successful vaccination rollout campaign, which resulted in a significant drop in COVID-19 cases. Consequently, the US was moved from France’s orange list to the green one.

This means that since June 17, vaccinated and unvaccinated Americans are able to travel to France without being subject to the quarantine requirement or having to provide an essential purpose for their trip.

US travellers who have been vaccinated with one of the vaccines approved by EMA – AstraZeneca, Moderna, Pfizer, and Janssen – can enter France without having to undergo COVID-19 testing before or after their arrival, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports.

In contrast, those who have not been vaccinated must present a negative PCR test result carried out within 72 hours before entering France.

Although the Americans had to prove that they had been successfully vaccinated before entering Spain, the latter’s authorities just recently announced that US holidaymakers can now enter the country without being subject to the testing and self-isolation requirements.

The new measure will apply to all travellers from the US regardless of their vaccination status, provided that they do not visit any other country before arriving in Spain. The only requirement that they have to follow is to fill in a Health Control Form electronically.

Lastly, Germany has removed the US from its list of risk areas after the country’s COVID-19 situation greatly improved. Consequently, vaccinated and unvaccinated US citizens can now enter Germany without having to register digitally, quarantine upon arrival, or present an essential purpose for their journey.

Nonetheless, it should be noted that all persons over the age of six need to present one of the following documents when reaching Germany via air travel:

  • Negative COVID-19 test result
  • Proof of vaccination
  • Proof of recovery from the virus
  • Similar to Spain, Germany only recognises the vaccines approved by the EMA.

As of June 28, the US had identified 33,285,377 COVID-19 infection cases and 598,504 deaths. Until now, the country has administered at least 323,327,328 vaccine doses, meaning that 54.6 per cent of the entire population has received at least one dose of the vaccine, whereas 46.6 per cent have been fully vaccinated.



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