Tourists from the United States will be allowed to visit the European Union in the coming months, provided they are vaccinated against Covid-19, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said on Sunday. However, she did not give a precise timetable.
“Americans, from what I can see, use vaccines approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA),” she said in an interview with New York Times. “This will allow free movement and travel to the European Union.”
“One thing is clear: the 27 member states will accept, unconditionally, all those who are vaccinated with vaccines approved by the EMA,” Ursula Von der Leyen assured the New York daily.
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The President of the European Commission did not reveal a precise timetable, but the New York Times said the new rules could be put in place as early as this summer, as vaccinations ramp up around the world.
The European Medicines Agency has approved the three vaccines in use in the United States: Moderna, Pfizer-BioNTech and Johnson & Johnson.
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The pandemic has devastated the tourism industry on the European continent, as evidenced by the closure of borders to non-essential travel introduced by several EU countries. She is thinking about setting up a health passport that she would like to launch this summer for travel within her.