E.U. to allow some vaccinated tourists
Islam News – American tourists who have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19 will be able to visit countries in the E.U. starting this summer, the head of the bloc’s executive body said in an interview with The Times.
The fast pace of vaccination in the U.S., and advanced talks between the authorities there and those in the E.U., will enable the European Commission to recommend a policy change that could restore trans-Atlantic leisure travel.
“All 27 member states will accept, unconditionally, all those who are vaccinated with vaccines that are approved by [the European Medical Agency],” said Ursula von der Leyen, president of the European Commission. That includes all three vaccines used in the U.S.
Ms. von der Leyen did not offer a timeline, but such a top-level statement is significant. Iceland, Greece and Croatia have already made moves to allow entry of summer tourists who are vaccinated.
Diplomats from countries that rely on tourism have been arguing that using low case numbers as a threshold for travel is becoming obsolete because of the speed of vaccine campaigns in the U.S., Britain and other countries.
Source: The New York Times