President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, said she expects all 27 EU member states will accept travelers who have received COVID-19 vaccines approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA). That would include the three vaccines that have been authorized for use in the United States — Moderna, Johnson & Johnson and Pfizer-BioNTech. “This will enable free movement and travel to the European Union,” von der Leyen said Sunday in an interview with The New York Times, which first reported the story.
One of the conditions is that travellers must be vaccinated. It is unclear how countries will determine if travelers have been fully vaccinated, but nations and air carriers in Europe have been discussing the use of vaccine passports or vaccine certificates for months. Von der Leyen could not give a specific date when the European borders for US travellers will reopen, but it is most likely that this will happen during the Summer period, so the touristic European season, which attracts millions of US customers, can fully profit of it.
“The International Air Transport Association — a trade association that accounts for 82% of total air traffic — is developing an app that will allow passengers to share tests and vaccination results with governments. The software is designed to help reopen borders without quarantine and revive the global airline industry, which the pandemic has devastated.”
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