A senior official of the European Union (EU) reported that as of July, when borders are expected to be open, U.S. travelers wishing to enter EU member countries will only be able to do so if they can certify that they have been fully vaccinated against the CCP Virus (COVID-19).
Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission, reported on Sunday that taking into consideration the strong vaccination campaign carried out in the United States and that the vaccines applied here all received emergency approval from the European Medicines Agency (EMA), “This will allow free movement and travel to the European Union,” she said.
The European Medicines Agency (EMA), the bloc’s drug regulator, approved the three vaccines used in the United States, those produced by Moderna, Pfizer, and Johnson & Johnson.
“Because one thing is clear: the 27 member states will accept, unconditionally, all those who are vaccinated with EMA-approved vaccines,” the official added.
European Union member states had entirely restricted non-essential travel from the United States for more than a year when the CCP Virus pandemic began.
At the same time, the European community has been discussing since January the implementation of a digital green passport to allow free movement. This mobile application indicates that the user has been vaccinated or has recovered correctly after having contracted the disease, or has a rapid test (PCR) to prove that he/she is not infected.
This green passport will be required for its own citizens to be able to circulate freely. In the case of Americans, it will be a condition, with few exceptions, to be fully vaccinated to enter.
Individual EU member states will still have the final say on whether U.S. tourists can cross their borders, Ursula von der Leyen reported.
The issue of vaccination passports has generated controversy worldwide, with civil liberties groups arguing that such a requirement would violate privacy rights by denying critical services to people who are not vaccinated.
It should be noted that all vaccines in circulation have been approved at an early stage of testing, so adverse outcomes are still in the pipeline, and there is not yet enough information to compel people, especially those who are not at risk, to get the controversial vaccine.
Several U.S. governors, including Texas Governor Greg Abbott and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, both Republicans, have issued executive orders banning the use of vaccine passports in their states.