Where Can Americans Travel in Europe?

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The European Union (EU) and the Schengen area are concerned with providing the best care for their citizens, which includes protecting their citizens and landmass from disease outbreaks like the Covid-19. Restrictions have been placed on countries with high rates of Covid-19 outbreak.
The EU has a list of safe countries from which they allow visitors. Recently, the United States was removed from the list due to rising cases of the Covid-19 virus within its borders. The restriction is expected to be raised as soon as the cases begin to drop in the United States.
ETIAS is the European Travel Information and Authorization System and is expected to be in action in 2022. A visa waiver program allows visitors to travel within the ETIAS EU countries without restrictions.

Restrictions on Americans from entering Europe

Can Americans Travel to Europe? Yes, for sure, Americans can travel to Europe. However, different countries in the United States could potentially face different restrictions in Europe. The EU, which has some member countries as part of the ETIAS program, has advised its member countries to impose restrictions on visitors from the United States.
Due to the increasing number of Covid-19 cases within the United States, European countries are expected to place restrictions on visitors from the United States. Depending on the country of departure in the United States, visitors may be subject to quarantine or PCR tests upon arrival. The restrictions, however, do not affect fully vaccinated Americans. This means that Americans who have received a European Union-approved full course of the Covid-19 vaccine can travel within many states of Europe without restrictions.

Can unvaccinated Americans Travel to Europe?

Can Americans travel to Europe without full vaccination you may ask? Unvaccinated Americans can travel to Europe only for essential duties, which the visitor must prove. If the visitor can prove it is an essential visit, they must abide by the rules and regulations concerning PCR testing and quarantine.
The European Union only advised its member states to reduce unvaccinated Americans' visits to their state to only essential travels. Member states can decide to permit unvaccinated Americans into their borders.

What European countries can unvaccinated Americans visit?

Following the European Union's advice, many European countries are beginning to place restrictions on visitors from the United States into their borders. Each member state of the EU has its entry requirements. These requirements should be checked by intending American visitors to Europe before filling out their ETIAS online application.
Serbia and The United Kingdom currently allow unvaccinated visitors from America into their border. On entry into their borders, the visitors are required to be tested. The UK and Serbia are not members of the European Union.

What exceptions exist to the restriction rule?

The EU advised restrictions on unvaccinated Americans to prevent the spread of the virus within its borders. There are a few exceptions to this rule.
Americans who can prove they are traveling for urgent reasons are fully vaccinated. Those coming in from a safe country within the United States are permitted to enter into Europe, provided they have not been in a high-risk country two weeks before the date of arrival.
Long-term visa holders, healthcare professionals, diplomats, US citizens with permanent residency, agricultural workers, and travelers stopping over in Europe on their way to a third country are exempted from the rule.

When can Americans visit Europe again?

Individual states in Europe set the rules for entry into their borders. However, for the European Union to mark a country as safe, it should meet these requirements:
  • The country must have Covid-19 data lower than or equal to the rate beingexperienced in the EU for at least two weeks.
  • The country must have credible data for contact tracing, reporting, treatment,surveillance, containment, and testing of Covid-19 cases. These data must be termed as satisfactory by the European Union.
  • The country must have decreased or stable fresh cases of the virus outbreak.

Countries that fulfill these requirements can be added to the European Union's safe list.

Effect of ETIAS on public health

ETIAS stands for European Travel Information and Authorization System. It is a visa waiver system that applies to business and tourism travel needs.
The ETIAS application takes into consideration the public health status of the European countries, and as such, when filling the ETIAS application, information on health conditions would be required. It is all in a bid to secure the health of nationals, visitors, and residents at large.
Written by: Fikayomi Abisola
Abisola is an ETIAS Travel and Immigration writer with several years of writing experience in the industry. Abisola has a unique enthusiasm for travels, tours, and tourism and loves to educate travellers about the criteria involved in international travelling.

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