European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen announced, in an interview with The New York Times, that tourists from the United States who have undergone a full course of vaccination against COVID-19 will be able to travel to Europe in the summer.
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Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, for more than a year, non-essential travel from the United States to European Union countries has generally been banned, says The New York Times.
The European Commission president has not specified when exactly US tourists will be able to go to European Union countries. But she indicated that advanced talks on mutual recognition of vaccination certificates are underway between Brussels and Washington. Agreement on the form of certificates confirming the immunity of travelers will allow the European Commission to change its recommendation regarding the admission of tourists from the United States of America.
“One thing is clear: 27 member states will unconditionally accept those vaccinated with EMA approved preparations,” von der Leyen said. EMA has approved all three vaccines (Pfizer / BioNTech, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson) used in the United States. As explained by the “New York Times”, the technical form of recognition of vaccination certificates is determined.
Despite the announcement by the European Commission president, individual EU countries can impose their own restrictions. However, it is unlikely, as the European tourism industry, weakened by the pandemic, is waiting for the borders to open to Americans, the New York Daily writes. The article states that countries such as Greece, Portugal, Spain, Italy and Croatia attracted millions of American tourists every summer, providing income and jobs in the tourism sector.