Which European countries accept vaccinated travelers from the US?
After a year of closed borders, many in the United States are looking to travel to European countries, but where are those vaccinated able to visit?
Countries such as Spain derive much of their economic income from tourism and the sector, while opening up slowly, has been decimated by the pandemic. In light of the US vaccination campaign, a handful of European Union member states are opening their borders to fully vaccinated individuals from the US.
On 3 May, the European Commission -- one of the EU’s governing bodies -- proposed changes that would allow states to begin lifting restrictions on non-essential travel. In light of historic vaccination campaigns taking place in some countries like the US, “indicate that there is room to ease travel restrictions, particularly for those already vaccinated.” The Commission acknowledged that re-opening Europe for tourism, particularly this summer, is critical to the economic recovery of the block.
Which countries allow vaccinated visitors?
As of 12 June, five European Union member states allow fully vaccinated visitors from the US.
Croatia allows tourists from the US to visit so long as they have paid for their accommodations in advance, “in the case of a multi-destination visit, documentation showing paid accommodation for the first location is sufficient.” To enter the country travelers will be asked to present:
The government also states that if travelers are looking to “facilitate faster processing at the Croatian border” they can complete the Enter Croatia web form which allows travelers to upload their health information.
According to the US Embassy in Nicosia, from the US “who have been vaccinated and hold a valid vaccination certificate from certain countries (including the United States), regardless of their nationality, will be able to travel to the Republic of Cyprus.”
Those visiting are asked to provide details on vaccination status to Cyprus Fight Pass. Travel is also allowed for unvaccinated individuals but a covid-19 test will need to be presented and a minimum fourteen-day isolation period must be completed.
Those who hope to visit the Republic of Cyprus on holiday should be aware that as of 11 June, a curfew and other mobility restrictions remain in place.
On 9 June, France opened its borders to full-vaccinated travelers from the US. However, a negative covid-19 test will still need to be provided along with proof of vaccination which can take the form of the CDC vaccination card.
Children under the age of eleven, and those between the ages of eleven and seventeen “are treated as vaccinated regardless of their vaccination status” as long as they are traveling with a parent or guardian who is protected against the virus.
Travel to Greece is allowed and a negative covid-19 test is not required for those who are fully vaccinated. However, the government manatees that all travelers fill out an “online Passenger Locator Form (PLF) at least 48 hours before entering.”
As of 7 June fully vaccinated travelers and their children over twelve looking to soak up the Spanish sun are allowed to visit.
To enter, US tourists will be required to present a “QR code generated through the Spain Travel Health portal, obtained through the website or by downloading the SpTH app in Google Play or App Store for each traveler” and “Vaccination certificate showing they have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19 more than 14 days before the flight to Spain.”
Children over twelve must abide by the same rules as adults, while those younger will be considered vaccinated will only need to present the QR code.
To ensure you are in compliance with these regulations is it best to check if any updates have been made to the country’s US embassy webpage