Spain and France are opening up to Americans this week

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Fully vaccinated Americans will be welcomed in Spain and France this week as European countries continue to ease pandemic restrictions and launch international tourism after a long hiatus, making use of their own policies before a passport scheme of vaccines across the EU in July.

Key facts

As of Monday, Spain is open to international tourists who have been fully immunized with a Covid-19 vaccine approved by the World Health Organization or the European Medicines Agency at least 14 days before arrival.

American travelers should present a certificate proving their vaccination status and a health check form upon arrival, with children under 6 years old (children under 6 are exempt) traveling with vaccinated adults who have to provide a negative Covid test or a certificate that details the recovery from the disease within the last 90 days.

France will also reopen on Wednesday for international tourism and American tourists. not wanting to quarantine for seven days upon arrival you will have to follow similar, although more onerous, rules to Spain.

In addition to providing proof of vaccination: France stipule a longer period of four weeks for the Johnson & Johnson vaccine: travelers must present a negative Covid test when boarding.

Once it launches in early July, Americans will also be able to use the EU-wide vaccine certificate program to prove their status, which will hopefully resolve ambiguities in what different countries consider acceptable proof of immunization.

Key Background

International leisure travel has slowly returned to Europe after more than a year of tough restrictions that shut down the tourism sector. France and Spain are not alone in welcoming tourists before the 27-member bloc does so in concert, with Cyprus and Greece as two of several European countries heavily reliant on tourism and unwilling to Wait while the bloc approves the rules for the entire EU. . The rules imposed They are tougher on Americans than in other countries, with certain low-risk countries like Australia, New Zealand and Singapore, as well as those traveling within Europe, often without the need for testing or vaccinations.

What to watch out for

New variants, both within Europe and for visiting countries, could lead to regulatory changes, possibly at short notice. Thousands of british they rushed Back home, learning that Portugal would be removed from the country’s “green list,” exempting travelers from quarantine this week. Some countries, like Spain, also enforce quarantines in countries at risk, such as India, even if travelers have been vaccinated.

What we don’t know

It’s unclear how countries around the world will consider different vaccines when it comes to international travel, especially some produced in Russia and China that don’t have the same amount of public data available as many Western vaccines. Two vaccines produced in China, by Sinopharm and Sinovac, are emergency licensed by the WHO, normally a benchmark regulator when it comes to international recognition.

Other readings

Vaccinated Americans May Travel to Europe This Summer (Forbes)

Europe Opening: EU Travel Restrictions in June, Covid-19 Testing Requirements, Quarantine by Country (Forbes)

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