European Union to Add United States to List of Safe Travel Countries
Travel to Europe could soon be widely possible for Americans. Some European countries such as Greece, Italy and Spain has already opened up to American visitors with proof of a vaccine, but now the European Union has decided to add the United States to its safe travel list. That means that non-essential travel will be allowed to the 27 member states. Non-essential travel from the United States and from other countries had been banned in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.
Ambassadors from the EU’s 27 countries approved the addition of the United States and five other countries at a meeting on Wednesday, Reuters reports. The change to take effect in the coming days. Albania, Lebanon, North Macedonia, Serbia and Taiwan will also be added, while Chinese administrative regions Hong Kong and Macau will be included with a requirement for reciprocity removed. One notable absence from the exemption list is the United Kingdom.
Individual EU countries will now decide how they will implement the guidelines and what requirements, if any, will be implemented for tourists to enter. So if you are planning to travel to Europe, you should still keep an eye on your destination’s restrictions.