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EU Will Soon Accept Vaccinated American Tourists

An article in Travel and Leisure  by Alison Fox details moves by the European Union to ease COVID-related travel restrictions by summer.

The president of the European Commission has said that Americans who have received vaccines approved by the European Medicines Agency will enjoy free movement and travel to the European Union. All three vaccines—Moderna, Pfizer/BioNTech, and Johnson & Johnson—being administered in the US are EMA-approved. All 27 member states will accept, unconditionally, all those who are vaccinated with those vaccines.

The timeline for easing restrictions isn’t immediately clear, as it will depend on the epidemiological situation, but some countries in the EU, including Greece, Iceland and Croatia, have already started welcoming international tourists and others have indicated they want to ease restrictions in time for summer. The European Union has been exploring the idea of a vaccine passport with the US, making possible a low-tech solution to facilitate international travel in the near future.