MIAMI – The EU Commission recommended its members to facilitate free travel to Europe for US tourists, a measure that could save part of the summer season for those countries where tourism is paramount for the economy.

Following the EU recommendation, the 27 members countries have ratified, with effect from June 20, the inclusion of the US in the “green list” of countries whose citizen may travel freely without undergoing test or quarantine on arrival or being in possession of a vaccination certificate

The EU Commission has recommended that a PCR test should be necessary but has left any final decision on travel rules to each national government. The new situation would put an end to the almost total restriction on nonessential travel in force since last year.

United Aiurlines Boeing 777-300 N225OU. Photo: Luca Flores/Airways

Back in the Safe List

Besides the US, several other countries have also been added to the safe list taking into consideration the epidemic situation, and the vaccination campaign. Greece and Spain did not wait for the EU recommendation to open their borders to tourists, a decision that went into force as early as March 2021.

Travel within the EU will be highly facilitated by the adoption of a common COVID certificate, expected to come into being in July if the works and its acceptance by the member countries will come to a successful end. Some countries have already started using and accepting certificates since the beginning of June without waiting for a formal acceptance.

The EU Commission also said that citizens of non-EU countries may also obtain a COVID certificate from a EU member, a measure that would greatly facilitate travel between EU and non EU countries.

Featured image: American Airlines Boeing 777-200 N774AN. Photo: Miles Aronovitz/Airways