Europe has opened up to Americans and also other overseas visitors after a prolonged period of COVID-induced restrictions. The country opened with the hope of attracting back tourists along with their dollars, to the vistas, trattorias and cultural treasures of the country. However, travelers will still need to test their patience to figure out which visitors are allowed to which country, when and how.
So, for all the travelers who have been trapped in their homes during the pandemic, there is excitement in the air. It is now possible to fly to the European countries but before you board your flight, you need to focus on entry requirements.
The European Union will launch the European Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIAS), known as the EU visa waiver due to the global security problems and the current needs of travelers. You can get more information on ETIAS with the help of which you may apply for one as well.
Travel restrictions in Europe amidst the COVID-19 pandemic
The European Union has long been putting a halt on international travel (non-essential trips) since the initial few weeks of the pandemic. Nevertheless, there is a ray of hope for the Americans as the European officials are deciding to bring back the non-essential travel to the Schengen Zone for the Americans.
Presently the 7 countries that have been added to the ‘safe list’ and that can enter the European Union without any stringent restrictions are:
- New Zealand
- South Korea
The similarities between these countries are their high vaccination rates and low infection rates. Though there is still no easing of travel ban all over continents, yet individual nations are welcoming international tourists for boosting the tourism industry.
Few common entry requirements to keep in mind
Before you book an international flight, the foremost step that you should take is review the entry requirements of the specific destination. Though entry rules vary, yet here is a list of the most common requirements.
- To stay away from quarantine, you should be vaccinated
If you think you’ll be subject to a mandatory quarantine period of 10 days, you’re partially wrong as there are ways in which you can waive this off. If you’re fully vaccinated or you’ve got a pre-travel diagnostic test to waive off the travel restrictions. Young children can also get their vaccine and enter Europe without any restrictions.
- People who aren’t vaccinated will have to quarantine
Both the partially vaccinated and the unvaccinated travelers might have to quarantine themselves for a span of 10 days before they can go outdoor in any European country. If the non-vaccinated are arriving from low-risk nations, the EU may allow them in.
- EU Vaccine Passports are arriving
There are several foreign travelers who are gradually getting acquainted with the idea of vaccine passport. This is nothing but a digital app or a paper certificate that proves the COVID-19 vaccination dates and other diagnostic tests. This document proves that a person is vaccinated fully and can henceforth waive all travel restrictions like compulsory quarantines.
Places where Americans fly to in Europe
As the EU still didn’t ward off all travel restrictions for the American travelers, only a few countries are welcoming travelers who are traveling for leisure. Few such places where Americans can presently fly to are:
Reports reveal that Germany and France are working personally with the US to start off with welcoming US tourists after a long gap.
So, as we see, the EU didn’t authorize non-essential travel to all the Schengen countries for US citizens. However, the fully-vaccinated travelers are allowed to choose countries that don’t require compulsory quarantine. The remaining part of the continent will soon become accessible by July-August, 2021.
Susan Noel is an experienced content writer. She is associated with many renowned travel blogs as a guest author where she shares her valuable travel tips with the audience.