After more than a year of strict restrictions on entry for arrivals from the United States and international travel in general, Europe has decided to open its doors to American travelers wishing to visit the region for leisure and other non-essential travel purposes.
The Council of the European Union added the United States to its list of safe countries for COVID-19 due to low infection rates and a successful vaccine launch campaign on June 18. After the update, the council advised EU member states to allow unrestricted entry for those coming from the United States.
The Netherlands, Germany and Portugal are the most recent countries to receive tourists from the United States.
Dutch authorities have announced that from June 24, the country will open its doors to all travelers from the United States without having to undergo testing, vaccination or quarantine requirements. However, if arriving in the Netherlands by air, everyone is required to fill out a health permit, which can be completed digitally.
Portugal has also opened its borders to US travelers since June 15, requiring travelers only to submit negative PCR or rapid antigen test results.
Similarly, on June 20, Germany opened the borders to all Americans as the country was removed from the red list. This means that vaccinated and non-vaccinated travelers will be able to enter Germany without having to present an essential purpose to enter the country.
Besides Germany, Italy has eased its restrictions on American travelers. Previously, travelers from the United States were only allowed to enter Italy if they used “Covid test” flights to get there. Now, they are only required to provide proof of vaccination, proof of recovery, or a negative COVID-19 test result.
As such, since June 21, Delta Airlines has ended the COVID testing protocol for all flights to Italy. This means that incoming flights will only have to follow standard entry requirements, TheSchengen.com reports.
“Customers venturing across the pond can easily connect to Amsterdam’s Delta hub with over 50 weekly flights from nearly every US hub by July 7: Atlanta, Boston, Detroit, Minneapolis/St. Paul, New York — JFK, Seattle and Salt Lake City — making It makes Delta the largest US airline serving the Netherlands,” Delta said in a statement.
All people traveling to Amsterdam will now be able to get a free test on arrival, as the Netherlands has earmarked 3.5 million COVID-19 tests for vacationers who plan to visit the country during July and August.
Additionally, starting August 1, Delta will return to Lisbon with daily flights from New York JFK Airport. Delta will also continue to operate daily non-stop service between Atlanta and Frankfurt.
“Customers can connect from approximately 150 US cities to the largest hub in Delta, providing multiple opportunities for single-station departures to Germany’s busiest airport,” added DELTA.
Previously, US airline stocks were reported to have increased dramatically as more European countries open their borders to American travelers