European Union Will Open Its Borders To Vaccinated Americans This Summer
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen has announced that all 27 European Union members will allow Americans who have been vaccinated to enter Europe this summer if they have proof they received a European Medicines Agency (EMA) approve vaccines. Vaccines being used in the U.S. have also been approved in the E.U. The EMA is Europe’s equivalent to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the U.S. “The Americans, as far as I can see, use the European Medicines Agency approved vaccines, this will enable free movement and travel to the European Union,” said the E.C. president.
While an exact date has not been set for Europe to reopen to Americans, sometime in the middle of June is when many European Parliament members have said is the most probable. U.S. airlines have been reactivating stored airplanes and have seen about 60% of their domestic demand return over the last month or so, with United, and American’s load factors averaging around 80% on many flights over the last few weeks. “Transatlantic travel is still all but gone with most of Europe off-limits for Americans, so today’s news of Europe opening up will help airlines meet travelers pent-up demand says Amy Holtz, a vacation travel agent.