The European Commission celebrated the United States’ decision to open borders to vaccinated travelers from the European Union.
Commenting on the new step the United States will soon take, the commission described such long-awaited measures as many families have been separated for more than a year due to the COVID-19 situation and travel restrictions, TheSchengen.com reports.
“We welcome the US announcement that fully vaccinated travelers from the European Union will soon be able to travel to the US again. A long-awaited move for separated families and friends, and good news for business. We will continue to work for safe travel,” the European Commission wrote in its official Twitter account. “.
Similarly, the European Union Commissioner for Home Affairs, Ylva Johansson, also welcomed the US decision to lift travel restrictions for vaccinated EU citizens.
Several others, including Spain’s Ministry of Industry, Trade and Tourism and the EU’s Executive Vice President for Economics and Trade, Valdes Dombrovskis, praised the news as well.
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson also celebrated the news, calling it “a fantastic boost to business and commerce, and it’s great that family and friends on both sides of the pond can be reunited again.”
Yesterday, September 20, the US administration announced that air travelers from 26 countries in the Schengen area, the United Kingdom, Ireland, China, India, South Africa, Iran, and Brazil, will be allowed to enter the United States in November provided they are fully vaccinated against Covid disease. -19.
“Travel ban lifted! The Ambassador of the European Union to the United States, Stavros Lamprinides, said yesterday via a tweet: Announcement of the Annunciation.
Except for admission, travelers from the above-mentioned countries and regions will also be exempted from the self-isolation rule as long as they present a valid vaccination certificate.
With regard to children who are not eligible for the vaccine, the authorities note that they will not be required to provide proof of vaccination.
However, no specific date has been set as to when the ban will be lifted. The coordinator only confirmed that this would happen in early November.
Previously, TheSchengen.com reported that the United States was working on an international travel system that would allow entry to vaccinated travelers.
The US has been keeping its borders closed to international travelers for more than half a year now, making it difficult for families to get together. Many criticized the ban, calling it an “outdated” approach.