HealthDay News — The fully vaccinated will soon be welcome to visit countries in the European Union, officials there announced Wednesday, May 19, 2021. The new measures for tourists and other travelers could take effect as early as next week, The New York Times reported.
Visitors will be allowed into the bloc’s 27 member states if they have been fully immunized with vaccines approved by the European Union regulator or the World Health Organization. They include the Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson, AstraZeneca, and Sinopharm vaccines. That would make Americans, who have been receiving shots from Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson, eligible to travel to the EU.
Visitors from countries considered safe from a COVID-19 perspective will also be allowed to visit Europe, and a list of those countries will be finalized on Friday, The Times reported.
EU member states will still be able to require negative polymerase chain reaction tests or quarantines for certain visitors. The EU will also have a legal “emergency brake” that will let it quickly return to more restrictive travel rules if a threatening new variant or other COVID-19 emergency emerges, The Times reported.