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European Union adds the U.S. to its safe travel list

European Union adds the U.S. to its safe travel list

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LONDON — The European Union decided Wednesday to add the United States to its safe travel list, meaning it will be easier for American citizens to take a vacation in one of the 27 member states, two EU sources have confirmed to CNBC.

Nonessential travel from the United States and from other places had been banned in the EU in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic to avoid further contagion. However, as vaccinations gather pace, the 27 EU ambassadors based in Brussels recommended on Wednesday that the region allow nonessential travelers from eight new countries and territories.

These are the U.S., Albania, North Macedonia, Serbia, Lebanon, Taiwan, Macau and Hong Kong.

In an interview with The New York Times in April, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said that fully vaccinated American tourists would be allowed to visit the bloc this summer.

But this new EU recommendation could go one step further in allowing U.S. tourists to visit with only a negative test and avoid the need for a period of quarantine. It is now up to the individual EU countries to decide how they will implement the guidelines and allow tourists to enter. Travelers should confirm the rules on their intended destination before flying.

Individual EU nations have taken their own measures to open up travel to international visitors, including from the United States.

Several EU member countries have already opened their doors, including Greece, Italy and Spain, to U.S. visitors with proof of a vaccine, proof of a recent, negative Covid-19 test, or a combination of both. The U.S. still bars most non-citizens who have recently been in the EU from visiting the U.S., however.

Airlines on both sides of the Atlantic have urged governments to open trans-Atlantic travel up for the key summer season and have added service whenever a country reopens its borders. 

Wednesday’s recommendation at the EU level aims to coordinate the travel rules across the bloc and should be finalized in coming days, following the national decisions from each member state.

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By : ILIAS ELABDI Date : June 18, 2021 Category : Travel News & Insights Comments :

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