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Europe Still Open to Vaccinated Americans! 

What We Know, What We Don't Know--and How to Find Out

A Guide to Making Informed Decisions

Updated August 31, 2021


On June 18, the European Union added the United States to its “white list" of countries approved for entry. On August 30, the EU changed its stance and has restricted entry only to vaccinated Americans.

What does this mean?

While keeping borders open to vaccinated travelers, the EU's recommendation no longer also provide for entrance with a negative COVID-19 test result or proof of recovery from COVID-19. In some views, this makes travel even safer vaccinated travelers due to less intermingling with non-vaccinated travelers. The European Council’s recommendations are not legally binding, and countries may choose their own requirements. 

At present, the United States still requires all those flying into the U.S. (including returning U.S. citizens and residents) to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test received within three days before boarding their flight to the U.S. These tests are found with increasing ease in Europe, many of them expedited by tour companies.

The EU has created an official website to make it easy for travelers to determine each country’s requirements:

Most tours on our site are operating
The tour operators we represent are all based in Europe and staffed by Europeans with clients primarily from within the EU. As the operators take a conservative approach to ramping back up, many tours currently have lower capacities--especially tours that typically attract many clients from outside of Europe.

The United States has reduced its Do Not Travel warning to nearly all of Europe
The CDC now advises: "Make sure you are fully vaccinated before traveling to these destinations. Unvaccinated travelers should avoid nonessential travel to these destinations." 

What We Don't Know--Yet

Which types of proofs of vaccination or other status will be required to enter Europe
At present, the CDC vaccination form is being accepted by border officials as well as restaurants, hotels and other public spaces.

Which types of proofs of vaccination or other status will be required to re-enter the U.S. or Canada
U.S.: At present, the United States Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) require all air passengers entering the United States to present a negative COVID-19 test, taken within three calendar days of departure or proof of recovery from the virus within the last 90 days. 

Canada: To be allowed to board a flight to Canada, all air passengers 5 years of age or older, including Canadians, are required to show a negative COVID-19 molecular test result taken within 72 hours of their scheduled time of departure to Canada.

(Note: Many local tour operator partners are organizing tests at the end of tours.)

How To Find Out

Entering Europe
The European Union has an official website that gives up-to-date information on conditions in each country as well as requirements for travelers from various points of origin to each EU nation.

We also recommend this unofficial guide that we’ve found to be highly accurate and updated regularly.

Returning Home
The United States State Department keeps information current on its travel advisories page, where you find information country by country and for re-entering the U.S.

The Canadian government has a similar Travel Advice and Advisories site.

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