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WTTC Calls “Encouraging News” EU’s Decision to Allow American Tourists Enter the Block

The World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) has welcomed the European Union’s decision to allow US travelers to visit European countries, claiming that this is “encouraging news,” reports.

“Today’s announcement from the European Union advising member states to begin welcoming the return of travel to the United States is the latest encouraging news from world leaders as we all work to revitalize the global travel and tourism sector,” said Virginia Messina, Senior Vice President of WTTC.

She also indicated that this step is an important step to strengthen the economy and the labor market in the member states of the European Union and the United States, which is much needed now after the outbreak of the epidemic, which affected the lives of millions of people.

According to the latest data from the Central Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 42 percent of the fully vaccinated US population, along with the ongoing EU vaccination campaign and the release of the European COVID-19 vaccination passport, is a good fit to start Lift restrictions safely and sustainably.

The WTTC previously praised the introduction of a COVID-19 passport by European member states, noting that this law will affect the lives of millions of people who depend on the tourism sector.

Germany, Poland, Denmark, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Greece and Croatia were the first countries to implement the document a month before the deadline. Countries like Ireland, Norway, France, Switzerland, Slovenia, Romania and Slovakia are ready to connect to the EUDCC portal.

At the stage of testing the European passport for the COVID-19 vaccination, there are currently only Finland, Hungary and Malta.

The COVID-19 vaccination passport allows people who have been vaccinated against COVID-19, have recovered from the virus, or have tested negative for coronavirus to travel without being quarantined upon arrival at their destination in the European Union. The document will include a unique QR code for verification and will be digitally issued and printed.

The standard COVID-19 passport includes information about the traveler, for example, first and last name, date of birth, issue status, QR code and detailed information on the traveler’s vaccination status (vaccine product and manufacturer, number of doses and date of vaccination).

The passport will indicate the type of test taken, test date, place, time and score for the tested passengers. In turn, for travelers who have recovered from the virus, the document will provide the date of the positive test result, the issuance of the certificate, the date of issue and the date of validity of the document.

Some of the countries that allow US citizens to enter the country without being quarantined are Spain, Ireland, Denmark, Cyprus and Greece. France decided this week to allow entry to American tourists due to the strong spread of vaccines in both countries. Germany will also allow travelers from third countries who have received vaccines authorized by the European Medical Agency to enter the country without quarantine.

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