American tourists looking to visit any European country this summer will have to hold out a bit because many of them still have entry restrictions to third countries.
However, tourism has been hit hard by the pandemic, as European countries look to welcome back tourists in a bid to revive the economy, TheSchengen.com reports.
Due to the launch of a strong vaccination in the United States, it is expected that American tourists, especially those who have been vaccinated against the virus, will soon be welcomed in all European countries, as they gradually open their borders weekly.
Earlier, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen announced that travelers who have been vaccinated in the United States will be allowed to visit EU member states this summer.
“Americans, as far as I can see, use vaccines approved by the European Medicines Agency. President von der Leyen noted that this would enable free movement and travel to the European Union.
Although European countries still impose entry restrictions requirements, many have opened their borders to vaccinated Americans, with specific entry rules as the following list indicates:
On June 7, the Spanish government opened its borders to fortified travelers around the world, including American tourists.
Restriction-free entry will be granted to all travelers who have been vaccinated at least 14 days prior to arrival with one of the following anti-COVID vaccines:
Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, AstraZeneca, Janssen, Sinopharm, and Sinovac-CoronaVac.
US travelers with certificates that they have recently recovered from the coronavirus can enter Spain without restrictions.
Since June 9, vaccinated travelers from the United States have been allowed to travel to France without having to undergo quarantine or any pre-arrival or on-arrival testing.
For unvaccinated travelers, French authorities require a strong reason to travel and a PCR test for antigen testing 72 hours prior to arrival.
The French government announced on June 4 that “from June 9, the flow of travelers between France and foreign countries will be reopened under conditions that vary depending on the health situation in third countries and the vaccination of travelers.”
Similar rules apply to all French overseas territories such as Guadeloupe, Martinique, French Polynesia, French Guiana and New Caledonia, which are known for their attractive tourist spots.
US tourists are allowed to enter the country if they are to travel via “Covid Test” flights, which have been approved by the Italian Ministry of Health. For a person to travel on these flights, a negative test result must be submitted within 48 hours, along with a self-declaration and passenger locator form. The traveler is obligated to take the test again upon arrival.
The ministry’s statement indicated that “passengers on these flights, in accordance with the above-mentioned protocol, are allowed to enter and transit the Italian territory, without having to comply with the obligations of health monitoring and credit isolation.”
Currently, only Alitalia and Delta operate these flights, while the US “Covid-tested” flights operate on the following routes:
New York – Milan Malpensa New York – Rome Fiumicino Atlanta – Rome Fiumicino Atlanta – Milan Malpensa Greece
US tourists are allowed to visit Greece without submitting any coronavirus test results as long as they provide a vaccination certificate indicating that the holder has been vaccinated against the virus at least 14 days before visiting the country.
However, travelers who have not received their vaccines can enter the country by submitting a negative PCR test 72 hours before arriving in Greece or submitting a certificate indicating that the carrier has recovered from the virus two to nine months before visiting the country.
Evidence of a digital or written COVID-19 passport indicating that one of the above scenarios can also be submitted to the Greek authorities in order to enter the country without being quarantined.
US citizens who have been fully vaccinated can visit Denmark without entry restrictions since June 4, but they must present their vaccination documents. This document is only valid if the traveler has been vaccinated with EMA-approved vaccines and 14 days have passed since vaccination.
“As of Saturday, June 5, 2021, 16 vaccinated from OECD countries, including the UK and the US, are being vaccinated from ‘yellow’ third countries, with vaccinated from EU and Schengen countries,” Affairs said. external.
Being placed on Denmark’s yellow list, US travelers are not subject to quarantine and testing requirements, which means they do not have to submit a PCR or RAT test before or after arrival.
Ireland is set to welcome back vaccinated travelers from the US from July 19, when the EU’s COVID-19 passport is expected to be launched in the country.
The document aims to facilitate travel for vaccinated individuals, for those who have tested positive for coronavirus, and for travelers who have recently recovered from the disease. Similar to other EU countries, Ireland only recognizes EMA vaccines.
Ireland is one of the countries imposing strict restrictions on travelers due to the spikes in coronavirus and the proximity to Britain, where many cases infected with the new COVID-19 variants have been reported.
For unvaccinated children aged 7-18, a negative Coronavirus test result must be presented upon arrival in Ireland, regardless of the point of departure.
Meanwhile, for travelers from non-EU countries who provide valid proof of vaccination, entry restrictions will stop applying if the country of departure recently reported a low number of COVID-19 infections.
Since May 25, the Cypriot authorities have removed the United States from the category of red countries, as countries are placed at high risk of transmission of the Corona virus. Therefore, US citizens are now allowed to enter the country for essential and non-essential purposes by submitting only negative PCR lab test documents, proving that the test was taken 72 hours prior to departure.
The quaint island is a tourist destination for many third world countries, and the British top the list.
Other European Destinations for American Tourists
To visit Albania, US citizens are exempt from entry restrictions, including PCR or RAT tests. However, they must undergo examination procedures, including sterilization and covering the face. Albanian authorities are also imposing social distancing and curfews.
US tourists visiting Belarus are required to undergo a ten-day quarantine upon arrival, submit a negative pre-arrival test, and undergo health screening, including temperature checks.
Bosnia and Herzegovina authorities require US citizens to submit a negative test only 48 hours prior to arrival.
Bulgaria allows free entry into quarantine for vaccinated US citizens who can present a full certificate of vaccination or a negative test result for the virus, taken 72 before traveling to the country.
Although it is one of the most beautiful destinations in Europe, Croatia imposes some restrictions on US citizens. They must submit negative test results taken 48 hours prior to arrival or undergo another test upon arrival. For vaccinated travelers, they must present their vaccination certificate, while for those who have recovered from the virus, a certificate of recovery indicating that the carrier tested positive for coronavirus and recovered from 11 to 180 days before arriving in Croatia. The Croatian authorities also require proof of prepaid accommodation to be presented upon arrival.
US citizens can visit Kosovo by submitting a negative test result, while for those who do not wish to be tested, a seven-day quarantine is imposed. Travelers should expect a medical examination at the airport.
Although direct travel from the US is banned, Malta allows US tourists to enter the island without restrictions if they have passed quarantine requirements in other countries such as Italy or Turkey.
Montenegrin authorities require US citizens to present a certificate of vaccination upon arrival, which must prove that the holder has received the second dose of the vaccine at least seven days before his arrival in the country. For those who have not been vaccinated, a PCR or RAT test no older than 72 hours is required. A positive antibody test can also replace the proof of a PCR test.
Besides a medical examination, there are no other requirements that American tourists must undergo when traveling to North Macedonia.
A negative test result within the last 48 hours is required to enter Serbia. Restaurants and other businesses also operate on limited schedules.
US citizens entering Ukraine must provide evidence of a negative test taken within 72 hours prior to travel. US visitors must also provide documentation proving they have adequate health insurance to cover any coronavirus costs before entering the country.
Vaccination status in the US The vaccines authorized and recommended on US soil are Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson-Janssen.
As of June 13, 43 percent of the American population (143.92 million) had been fully vaccinated, while 29.92 million people had received at least one shot of the vaccine (8.9 percent).
To date, 310.64 million doses have been administered in the United States. In conclusion, nearly 52 percent of Americans are vaccinated against the virus.
According to official US travel data, travel spending reached $679 billion in 2020, a 42 percent increase over 2019, when travel spending was nearly $500 billion.
International and business travel saw the most severe shortcomings in the tourism sector, with a 76 percent drop in international travel (compared to 34 percent for domestic travel), and business travel spending reaching 70 percent, which is 53 percent more than the figures for. Spending on leisure travel (27 percent).