On the recommendation of the Council of the European Union of member states to reopen borders to American travelers, several countries, including Switzerland, France, Spain and Germany, decided to follow this proposal and allow travel for non-essential purposes for arrivals. from the United States.
Switzerland has already eased entry restrictions for third-country nationals wishing to visit the country, including US citizens. According to a Federal Council press release, travelers from the United States who test positive for the coronavirus will not be subject to entry restrictions upon arrival in Switzerland.
The requirement to submit a negative coronavirus test result applies only to those who have not been vaccinated against the virus as well as those who have been immunized with a vaccine not approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA).
Likewise, France also opened its borders to American travelers after the country successfully launched a vaccination campaign, which led to a significant drop in COVID-19 cases. Thus, the United States was moved from France’s orange list to the green list.
This means that since June 17, vaccinated and non-vaccinated Americans can travel to France without undergoing quarantine requirements or having to provide an essential purpose for their trip.
American travelers who have been vaccinated with one of the EMA-approved vaccines — AstraZeneca, Moderna, Pfizer and Janssen — can enter France without having to undergo a COVID-19 test before or after their arrival, TheSchengen.com reports.
In contrast, those who have not been vaccinated must submit a negative PCR test result within 72 hours before entering France.
Although Americans had to prove that they had successfully vaccinated before entering Spain, the latter’s authorities recently announced that American vacationers can now enter the country without undergoing testing and self-isolation requirements.
The new measure will apply to all travelers from the United States regardless of their vaccination status, provided they have not visited any other country before arriving in Spain. The only requirement they have to follow is to fill out the health control form electronically.
Finally, Germany removed the United States from its list of risk areas after the country’s COVID-19 situation improved dramatically. Thus, vaccinated and unvaccinated US citizens can now enter Germany without having to register digitally, be quarantined upon arrival, or present an essential purpose of their trip.
However, it should be noted that all persons over six years of age need to present one of the following documents upon arrival in Germany by air travel:
Negative COVID-19 test result Proof of vaccination Proof of recovery from the virus Similar to Spain, Germany only recognizes EMA-approved vaccines.
As of June 28, the United States has identified 3,328,377 cases of COVID-19 and 598,504 deaths. To date, the country has given at least 3,233,27328 doses of vaccine, which means that 54.6 percent of the total population has received at least one dose of the vaccine, while 46.6 percent have been fully vaccinated.