Transatlantic travel between the USA and the EU (and therefore the Netherlands) has been more or less impossible since March 2020, with the outbreak of the Corona pandemic.

However, according to an interview, published in The New York Times on Sunday 25th April 2021, with European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen , this is now set to change in Summer 2021.

Mrs. van der Leyen told The New York Times that American tourists and travellers who have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19 will be able to visit the EU over summer.

She also stated that this is result of the rapid vaccination rollout in the USA, coupled with the progress that has been made during discussion between the US and the EU on potential vaccine certificates, and on the practical and technological implications of how to make certificates from each location usable so that citizens can use them to travel unrestricted.

Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines (the ones being distributed within the U.S.A) have all been approved by the EU, which means they will be accepted at European borders, Mr’s von der Leyen also stated.

Although she did not give an exact timeline when tourism could open up again between the US and the EU, or specifically how the system will work in detail, her comments were a clear indication that the current restrictions are set to change soon.

Based on Mrs. von der Leyen’s comments last weekend in her interview with The New York Times, the European Commission will recommend the change in travel policy, although individual member states may still reserve the right to impose stronger restrictions if necessary.

Discussions between Brussels and Washington D.C. are ongoing.

“The Americans, as far as I can see, use European Medicines Agency-approved vaccines…This will enable free movement and the travel to the European Union…(and) all 27 member states will accept, unconditionally, all those who are vaccinated with vaccines that are approved by E.M.A.,”

— Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission

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