EU considers new restrictions on US tourists

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A few weeks after the EU and UK opened up to US-based travelers, Bloomberg reports that the EU is considering reimpose restrictions on U.S. travelers in a movement that will anger the travel industry.

One of the main criteria for being on the Safe People List is a country with less than 75 cases of COVID-19 per 100,000 population. However, the United States currently has just under 270 cases of COVID-19 per 100,000 people. Obviously, that puts him well above the threshold.

view over paris towards the eiffel tower

The EU has put various nations on his green list, and these nations include Albania, Armenia, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Lebanon, Montenegro, New Zealand , Qatar, Republic of Moldova, Republic of North Macedonia, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, South Korea, Ukraine and United States

The EU has asked the US to allow travel from Europe, but nothing has happened. A spokesperson for the Slovenian Presidency said: “Many representatives of EU member states and the EU have spoken to our American counterparts about plans to reopen the country to visitors from EU countries, in particular after Europe’s decision to allow US citizens to travel. “

EU President Ursula von der Leyen has would have demanded that the United States end the ban. She claimed that the EU and the United States have the same conditions in terms of COVID-19, and it makes no sense to maintain the ban.

Nonetheless, the United States is apparently developing a plan whereby international travelers can enter the country if they are fully vaccinated. This comes after almost 18 months of banning all non-essential international travel within the country.


Bloomberg reports that the restrictions would mean that only fully vaccinated travelers can enter the EU. The restrictions would only affect non-essential travel and would not prevent vaccinated US travelers from entering Europe.

It is important to clarify that the UK is no longer a member of the EU and therefore these restrictions would not apply to US travelers entering the UK.


Current restrictions on U.S. travelers

While the travel industry expects these restrictions to apply only to unvaccinated U.S. travelers, here are some of the current restrictions on American travelers to Europe

  • Spain – American travelers can visit Spain from June 24, regardless of their vaccination status. Travelers will need to bring a pre-arrival form with a QR code. There are COVID-19 restrictions in some parts of the country, but restaurants, bars and most attractions remain open.
  • Germany – American travelers can enter Germany if they have any of the following: proof of vaccination, proof of recovery from COVID-19, and a negative COVID-19 test. The test must be a PCR test and passed within 72 hours of landing in Germany.
  • Greece – Greece is open to American tourists, but tourists must provide proof of a full vaccination or negative PCR test. Curfews are in place between 1:30 a.m. and 5 a.m., but most attractions and restaurants are open.
  • Ireland – Ireland opened its doors to American travelers on July 19, regardless of their vaccination status. However, those with full proof of vaccination may skip testing and quarantine requirements. Unvaccinated travelers will need to provide proof of a negative PCR test and quarantine for 14 days after arrival.
  • France – France is open to both vaccinated and unvaccinated American travelers. However, unvaccinated travelers will need to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test before arrival.
Northern Light, Aurora borealis at Kirkjufell in Iceland.

If the EU imposes compulsory vaccination on American travelers, that shouldn’t change too much. Many countries require proof of vaccination anyway. In addition, some countries continue to introduce vaccine passports within the country.

Read more:

Countries with exceptions for vaccinated travelers

List of countries from A to Z open to American travelers

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