Good news for those planning a summer vacation in Europe: The European Union will add the United States to its safe travel list on Friday, lifting a ban on nonessential travelers that has been in place through much of the coronavirus pandemic, according to reports.
Nonessential travel from the UK is not yet permitted, as the delta variant is spreading there.
However, ambassadors of the 27 EU member states agreed to allow nonessential travelers from other locales—the US, Albania, North Macedonia, Serbia, Lebanon, Taiwan, Macao, and Hong Kong—during a meeting in Brussels on Wednesday.
The decision is expected to be formally adopted on Friday and would come into effect immediately."In principle," this means all US travelers would be allowed to enter the EU, even if unvaccinated.
The European Commission, which previously recommended that fully vaccinated people be allowed to enter the EU without restrictions, wants travelers to undergo a PCR test, but it will be up to individual countries to decide on rules related to testing or quarantine.
Several countries, including Greece, Italy, Spain, Croatia, and Austria, are already permitting US travelers with proof of vaccination and/or a recent negative test result. Keep in mind even vaccinated Americans who travel abroad will need to produce a negative COVID-19 test within three days of their return flight to the US.
Nonessential (adj) - unnecessary, unneeded
Adopt (v) - to follow a proposal, to use some idea
Restriction (n) - a limitation or a condition to control something
Permit (v) - allow someone to do something
Lift a ban (v phr.) - to end something which was previously not allowed
Undergo (v) - to experience or be subjected to something
Locale (n) - a place that has specific events linked to it