HERE COMES THE BOOM!
Several countries in Europe have recently made new announcements that impact American travelers. On May 3rd, the European Commission has brought forward a proposal to the Member States to gradually start reopening the borders for travelers from third countries who are vaccinated, wishing to enter the EU and Schengen Area countries for non-essential purposes.
Here are a few of the latest developments:
Italy: Italy will allow tourists to enter quarantine-free as soon as mid-May, the prime minister, Mario Draghi, has announced, saying the country is “ready to welcome back the world”.
Visitors who have completed an EU-approved Covid-19 vaccine dose regimen (Pfizer, Moderna, J&J, or Astra Zeneca), recovered from the disease or tested negative 48 hours prior to travelling will be allowed entry without restrictions, a tourism ministry source said.
Ireland: Ireland this week announced it is beginning to lift some of its lockdown restrictions that have been in place more than a year now because of the coronavirus pandemic. They have also announced that they will make a statement on travel in late June.
Spain: Spain has announced that it will welcome overseas travelers with proof of Covid-19 Vaccination beginning in June.
Iceland: As many as 4,800 tourists have entered Iceland in the first two weeks of April, from April 1 to April 15, 1,106 of whom holding a COVID-19 travel certificate, proving that they had either been vaccinated or that they have recovered from the Coronavirus. Since April 6, travelers from third countries, including those from the United Kingdom and the United States, are eligible to enter Iceland for non-essential purposes if they can prove that they have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or that they have recently recovered from the virus.
Greece: Effective April 19, travelers from the European Union, New Zealand, Australia, South Korea, Thailand, Rwanda, Singapore, the United States, the United Kingdom, Israel, Serbia, and the United Arab Emirates are allowed to enter Greece without having to quarantine if they meet certain conditions.
Those coming from the above countries who’ve received a full dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at least 14 days prior to arrival do not need to quarantine; they also are not required to provide a negative COVID-19 PCR test. Those who are not vaccinated will need to provide a negative COVID-19 PCR test from within 72 hours of arrival in Greece. Children ages five and under are exempt.
France: France has revealed that the country is in its last stage of finalizing the progressive lifting of travel restriction plan for vaccinated travelers and those who have tested negative against the COVID-19.
The measures will be lifted for European Union and third-country citizens, in particular for United States travelers.
Croatia: Croatia is already open to visitors from around the world, with just a few requirements. For those coming from the US, you’re eligible to enter without having to quarantine if you’re fully vaccinated, meaning it has been at least two weeks since your last recommended dose.
Or, you present a negative PCR test result taken no more than 48 hours prior to arrival in Croatia.
Or, you present proof of having recovered from coronavirus, in the form of a positive PCR or rapid antigen test, performed between 11 and 180 days ago.
United Kingdom: The United Kingdom (England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland) hopes to reopen to American travelers as soon as June, 2021. Now that Brexit is complete, the UK travel restrictions are separate from what the EU does. Unfortunately, at this time, there’s no exemption to the testing requirements for fully vaccinated travelers. If the U.S. is placed on the green list, Americans looking to visit England will still need a pre-departure test, as well as a post-arrival test.
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