US travelers who have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19 will be allowed to visit the European Union this summer. European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said this Sunday in an interview with The New York Times.
Non-essential trips to the European Union have been restricted for more than a year to stop the spread of Covid-19. However, as the US vaccination campaign progressed smoothly – Wednesday the limit of 200 million vaccines passed European and American authorities are working on a policy to make transatlantic travel possible again.
“As far as I understand, Americans are using vaccines approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA),” von der Leyen told the New York Times. “All 27 Member States will unconditionally accept those vaccinated with the vaccines approved by the EMA.” Moderna, Pfizer, and Johnson & Johnson vaccines are distributed in the United States.
It is unclear when the tourists will be allowed to return to the European Union. According to Von der Leyen, it will depend on the epidemiological situation, “but the situation in the United States is improving, and we hope it will improve in the European Union,” she said. After all, the Commission president indicated that the United States is on track to vaccinate 70 percent of the US population by mid-June.
The European Union and the United States have been in discussions for several weeks about a practical and technological approach to using vaccination passports that will be recognized worldwide.
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