The ambassadors of the Twenty-Seven gave the green light on Wednesday to add the United States to the list of countries and territories whose travelers, even not vaccinated against Covid-19, can be admitted to the EU, said from European sources to AFP.
In addition to the United States, Albania, Lebanon, North Macedonia, Serbia, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macao have been added to this list which until then included eight countries (Japan, Australia, Israel, New Zealand, Rwanda, Singapore, South Korea and Thailand).
This does not prevent travelers from these countries or territories from being subjected by the States of destination to measures such as tests, or even quarantine, as in France.
The EU also decided in May to allow vaccinated travelers from third countries.
Due to the pandemic, the EU closed its external borders in March 2020 for non-essential travel, and for the past year has established a regularly updated shortlist of third countries whose residents are allowed to travel to Europe.
A situation that is improving in the United States
To draw up their list, the Europeans are based in particular on the epidemiological situation of the country and the progress of its vaccination campaign, the number of tests carried out as well as on the reliability of the data.
Countries can be included if they have recorded less than 75 cases of Covid per 100,000 inhabitants in the last 14 days.
In the United States the rate is 73.9, according to figures from the European Center for Disease Control and Prevention (ECDC).
Brussels is also in discussions with the United States for mutual recognition of health certificates or proof of this vaccination.
The United States and the EU have decided to set up a working group to allow "the resumption of travel in a sustainable and secure manner" between the two blocks, at the end of an EU-US summit in Brussels on Tuesday. , first meeting of this type since 2017. European Commissioner for the Internal Market Thierry Breton indicated on June 7 that the EU was demanding reciprocity from the United States in terms of welcoming European tourists.