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What Americans Need To Know About Traveling To Europe In 2021?

The lifting of the United States’ travel ban on Europe means that American visitors can now visit the vast majority of European nations. Members of the European Union warmly welcome Americans. However, there are still laws and limitations to adhere to.

Here’s how to get around them and what to expect.

Tourists are being welcomed back to Europe.

The law gave E.U. countries that had not done so before the go-ahead to remove U.S. travel restrictions, although not all of them did so consistently. Regulations continue to differ by country (some still require COVID-19 testing; some do not, for example).

The long-awaited reunion is celebrated on both sides of the Atlantic. However, because laws change so frequently, travelers must be prepared from the beginning (destination) until the end (returning to the United States). Every week or two, the national count fluctuates. Denmark, Spain, and France all opened on June 5th, 7th, and 9th. Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and Sweden joined the ranks a few weeks later. Ireland intends to return on July 19.

Do Americans have to be vaccinated to enter Europe?

In the days after the declaration, all borders in the United States were opened to countries like Austria, Belgium, and Germany. Many, but not all, countries, such as France and Spain, removed their travel vaccine requirements for the United States.

If they are not vaccinated, travelers can frequently produce proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test result.

Note- For all international passengers two years old and older, it is necessary to provide documentation of a negative COVID-19 test acquired within three days prior to boarding an airplane in the United States (including U.S. citizens and permanent residents returning to America).

Travelers should also verify any measures and public health openings and closures in place throughout Europe.

Tips to Visit Europe in 2021 as an American

Here are four things to keep in mind if you’re a U.S. tourist getting vaccinated this year and considering a trip to Europe.

1. This is not the time to book tight connections

COVID-19 travel regulations are affecting everyone, even airport workers. The sworn declaration you must sign to enter France may lead you to take a short walk (to ensure that you do not have COVID-19). All of these factors would not ruin your vacation on their own, but COVID logistics might cause delays in transportation. They would not deter you from traveling because of that. The trick is to plan ahead of time and take lots of breaks along the route.

2. Follow the Rules and Parameters

Just because a country welcomes vaccinated tourists don’t mean you have to present your vaccination card. 

Each country’s input and output requirements are unique. In Greece, for example, you must complete a passenger location form in addition to showing your vaccination card. One of the specific criteria for this form is that it be completed on or before the day before your arrival. If you don’t fill in the day you plan to visit Greece, you won’t be allowed to board a flight or enter the country. And it doesn’t only suggest that there aren’t any exclamation points since this country is advertised as being accessible to vaccinated visitors in the headlines.

Only US travelers flying to Italy aboard COVID-free flights are now permitted to enter the country. The requirements for entry into various European countries are constantly changing and varied. It is critical to properly research and follow all applicable travel laws for each trip.

3. You Will Be Subjected To Get PCR Test Done 

Even if you have been vaccinated, you will almost certainly be asked to take a PCR test while traveling abroad.

A positive COVID-19 test is required to return to the United States. So, at the very least, you’ll have to take a test within 72 hours after returning home. However, if you wish to participate in activities outside of the United States, you may need to test negative COVID-19. Before joining or jumping between places, double-check the regulations.

4. Be Flexible With Your Flight Schedule

If you’re planning a multi-destination trip, you’ll need to be flexible with your flight schedule.

Some airline routes may not be available when you’re ready to purchase tickets due to reduced demand. If you’re looking for a certain route on a Tuesday afternoon, you could find that you only have one option and no other options for the following eight days. Be adaptable and recognize that it is desirable to return, even if your travel will need a little more logistical planning.

Do Americans need a Covid-19 test to enter Europe in 2021?

The test requirements for Covid-19 will be different depending on where you go. Tourists in England, for example, are obliged to take a test both before and after their arrival. Travelers from the United States, Canada, Japan, and the United Arab Emirates are currently permitted to visit on special “Covid tested flights,” which must be tested on Covid-19 before departure, arrival, a departure from Italy, and arrival in Italy.