July 2021 is one of the most critical months since the pandemic began for the United States’ trip to Europe. Several countries are open to Americans. Plus, the green certificate vaccine passport is being rolled out for more accessible Schengen Zone travel.
Do Americans need the green EU certificate?
Many countries are in the process of rolling out a vaccine passport in which visitors and returning residents upload proof of a COVID-19 vaccination to waive quarantine restrictions. The European Union requires its residents to use the green certificate to travel between Member States.
From 15 July 2021, this passport will only be available to EU citizens. International residents are not required to download the passport, but may need to upload their necessary travel documents to another country-specific online portal.
This vaccine passport will soon be available to international travelers, but potentially not until the end of the summer peak season.
Where can Americans fly in Europe?
As revenge travel increases, Europe is a top destination for many Americans. Although it is possible to visit several countries, strict travel guidelines still apply. Tourists will need to review the entry requirements for each nation instead of just booking a flight, flashing your travel passport at customs and effortlessly crossing national borders.
Several nations require travelers to be fully vaccinated to waive the mandatory quarantine. However, you may be able to enter quarantine-free by only taking a pre-arrival test to select nations.
Until the European Union establishes agreement on uniform entry standards and travels with several countries, each nation has its own agreement with the United States that the Americans can enter. Keep in mind, however, that the spread of coronavirus variants may change access requirements at short notice.
Americans can fly to Italy on “COVID-tested flights” and waive the mandatory quarantine. Evidence of vaccination or a negative test before arrival may also reject the 10-day isolation period.
France is open to Americans traveling for non-essential travel. The United States is one of the few countries on the French “green” list that allows international visitors.
Adults must either be fully vaccinated or have a PCR test before arrival no earlier than 72 hours before arriving in France. Children 11 years of age or younger are treated as fully vaccinated.
U.S. citizens have been able to visit Germany since June 20, 2021, unless traveling from a virus variant area. Travelers with negative pre-arrival tests or proof of vaccination may enter.
Greece allows residents of the United States with full vaccination or a negative PCR test to enter quarantine-free.
Malta now requires all visitors from any EU country or non-EU country who are 13 years of age or older to be fully vaccinated in order to enter and waive the mandatory quarantine. This island nation is the first EU member to have this requirement for non-Maltese visitors.
Although Iceland is not in Europe, it was one of the first European nations to reopen to tourism. Guests must be fully vaccinated to enter as a negative test prior to arrival does not meet entry requirements.
Other open European nations
There are several other smaller and less traveled European nations that may be open. Entrance requirements vary from country to country:
- Bosnia Herzegovina
- Northern Macedonia
Travelers should remain cautiously optimistic about flying to Europe. It is possible to visit several countries and sights. However, the experience will be different from a pre-pandemic Eurotrip. Several nations are open to U.S. travelers, but you may need to be fully vaccinated to avoid mandatory quarantine.
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