Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Where in Europe Can American Tourists Travel This Summer?

American tourists looking forward to visiting any European country this summer have to hold on for a bit as many of the latter still have entry restrictions for third countries in place.

However, tourism has been significantly impacted by the pandemic that European countries are looking forward to welcoming tourists back in a bid to revive the economy, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports.

Due to a robust vaccination rollout in the US, American tourists, in particular those vaccinated against the virus, are expected to be soon welcomed in all European countries, as they are gradually opening their borders weekly.

Previously, the head of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, announced that the US vaccinated travellers will be allowed to visit European Union member countries this summer.

“The Americans, as far as I can see, use European Medicines Agency-approved vaccines. This will enable free movement and the travel to the European Union,” President von der Leyen noted.

Although the European countries are still imposing entry restrictions requirements, many of them have opened their borders for vaccinated Americans, with specific entry rules as the following list indicates:

Spain

On June 7, the Spanish government opened its borders for vaccinated travellers worldwide, including American tourists.

The restriction-free entry will be granted to all travellers vaccinated at least 14 days before arrival with one of the anti-COVID following vaccines:

  • Pfizer-BioNTech,
  • Moderna,
  • AstraZeneca,
  • Janssen,
  • Sinopharm, and
  • Sinovac-CoronaVac.

American travellers holding certificates that prove they have recovered from the Coronavirus recently can also enter Spain restriction-free.

France

Since June 9, vaccinated travellers arriving from the United States are allowed to travel to France without being obliged to undergo quarantine or any testing before or upon arrival.

For unvaccinated travellers, French authorities require a strong reason for travelling to be provided and a PCR of antigen test taken 72 hours before arrival.

“From June 9, the flow of travellers between France and foreign countries will be reopened according to terms that vary depending on the health situation in third countries and the vaccination of travellers,” the French government announced on June 4.

Similar rules apply to all French overseas territories such as Guadeloupe, Martinique, French Polynesia, French Guiana, and New Caledonia, known for attractive tourism spots.

Italy

American tourists are allowed to enter the country if they will be travelling through the “Covid-tested” flights, which are approved by the Italian Ministry of Health. For a person to travel on these flights, a negative test result taken within 48 hours must be provided, alongside a self-declaration and passenger locator form. The traveller is obliged to get tested again upon arrival.

“Passengers on these flights, following the above-mentioned protocol, are authorised to enter and transit into the Italian national territory, without having to comply with the obligations of health surveillance and fiduciary isolation,” the Ministry’s statement noted.

Currently, only Alitalia and Delta run these flights, whereas the American “Covid-tested” flights are operating on the following routes:

  • New York – Milan Malpensa
  • New York – Rome Fiumicino
  • Atlanta – Rome Fiumicino
  • Atlanta – Milan Malpensa

Greece

American tourists are permitted to visit Greece without providing any Coronavirus test results as long as they present a vaccination certificate, indicating the holder has been vaccinated against the virus at least 14 days before visiting the country.

However, travellers who haven’t received their vaccines can enter the country by providing a negative PCR test 72 hours before arriving in Greece or presenting a certificate that indicates that the holder has recovered from the virus two to nine months before they visited the country.

Evidence of a digital or written COVID-19 passport indicating that one of the previous scenarios can also be provided to Greek authorities in order to enter the country without undergoing quarantine.

Denmark

Fully vaccinated American citizens can visit Denmark free of entry restrictions since June 4, but they must provide documentation of their vaccination. This document is valid only if the traveller has been inoculated with the EMA-authorised vaccines and 14 days have passed since the vaccination.

“With effect from Saturday, June 5, 2021, at 16 vaccinated from OECD countries, including the United Kingdom and the United States, are equated with vaccinated from “yellow” third countries, with vaccinated from EU and Schengen countries,” the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said.

Since they are placed on Denmark’s yellow list, American travellers are free of quarantine and testing requirements, meaning they do not have to provide a PCR or RAT test before or after arrival.

Ireland

Ireland is set to welcome back vaccinated travellers from the United States from July 19, when the EU’s COVID-19 passport is expected to be launched in the country.

The document intends to facilitate travelling for vaccinated individuals, for those who have tested negative for Coronavirus, and for travellers who have recently recovered from the disease. Similar to other EU countries, Ireland only recognises the EMA vaccines.

Ireland is one of the countries imposing the strictest restrictions on travellers due to Coronavirus mutations and the close distance to Britain, where many cases with the new COVID-19 variants have been reported.

For unvaccinated children aged between seven and 18, a negative result of the Coronavirus test is required to be provided upon their arrival in Ireland, regardless of the departure point.

Meanwhile, for travellers from countries outside the European Union who present valid proof of vaccination, entry restriction will cease applying if the departure country has recently reported a low number of COVID-19 infections.

Cyprus

Cyprus

Since May 25, Cyprus authorities have removed the United States from the red countries category, in which are placed countries with a high risk of Coronavirus transmission. Therefore, American citizens are now allowed to enter the country for essential and non-essential purposes by only providing negative PCR laboratory test documentation, proving the test was taken 72 hours before departure.

The attractive island is a tourism destination for many third-world countries, with British people leading the list.

Other European Destinations for American Tourists

To visit Albania, US Citizens are free of entry restrictions, including PCR or RAT tests. However, they must undergo screening procedures, including sanitization and face coverings. Albanian authorities also impose social distancing and a curfew.

American tourists visiting Belarus are required to undergo a ten-day quarantine upon arrival,  provide a negative test taken before arrival, and are also subject to health screening, including temperature checks.

Bosnia and Herzegovina authorities require US Citizens to present only a negative test taken 48 hours before arrival.

Bulgaria allows quarantine free entrance for the US vaccinated citizens who can provide a full vaccination certificate or a negative test result for the virus, conducted 72 before travelling to the country.

Although it is one of the most beautiful destinations in Europe, Croatia imposes some restrictions on US citizens. They must provide negative test results taken 48 hours before arrival or undergo another test upon arrival. For vaccinated travellers, they must present their vaccination certificate, whereas for those recovered from the virus, a recovery certificate that indicates the holder was positive for Coronavirus and recovered from 11 to 180 days before arriving in Croatia. The Croatian authorities also impose a paid in advance accommodation place evidence to be presented upon arrival.

American citizens can visit Kosovo by providing a negative test result, whereas for those that do not want to get tested, a seven-day quarantine is imposed. Travellers should expect medical screening at the airport.

Although direct travelling from the US is banned, Malta permits American tourists to enter the island restriction free if they have finished their quarantine requirements in other countries such as Italy or Turkey.

Montenegro authorities require US citizens to present the vaccination certificate upon arrival, which must prove the holder has received the second dose of vaccine at least seven days before arriving in the country. For those not vaccinated, a PCR or RAT test not older than 72 hours is required. A positive antibody test can also substitute proof of PCR test.

Besides medical screening, there are no other requirements American tourists must undergo when travelling to North Macedonia.

A negative test result taken within the last 48 hours is required to enter Serbia. Restaurants and other businesses also operate under restricted schedules.

US citizens entering Ukraine must show proof of a negative test taken within 72 hours before travel. American visitors must also provide documentation that they have adequate health insurance to cover any coronavirus costs before entering the country.

Vaccination Situation in the US
The authorised and recommended vaccines in the American territory are Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson-Janssen.

As of June 13, 43 per cent of the American population (143.92 million) has been fully vaccinated, whereas 29.92 million people have received at least one shot of the vaccine (8.9 per cent).

So far, 310.64 million doses have been administered in the US. In conclusion, nearly 52 per cent of Americans are vaccinated against the virus.

According to the US travel official data, travel spending reached $679 billion in 2020, marking a 42 per cent increase compared to 2019, when the travel spending was nearly $500 billion.

International travel and business travel experienced the sharpest shortfalls in the tourism sector, with a 76 per cent decrease in international travel (compared to 34 per cent for domestic travel) and business travel spending reaching 70 per cent, which was 53 per cent more than the figures spent for leisure travel (27 per cent).



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