Fully vaccinated travellers from the European Union and the United Kingdom will be welcome to the United States from November, the White House and EU Ambassador to the US report. Since the start of the corona pandemic, the US has had a strict travel policy.
Travelling to the US is currently virtually impossible for people who do not have a U.S. passport or residence permit. There are some exceptions, for example for immediate family members.
Brussels and London were already easing travel restrictions for travellers from the US, but vice versa, the easing for EU and UK travellers remained out. Later, non-essential travel from the US were curtailed again. The US has not allowed non-necessary travel from the European Union for eighteen months. EU Ambassador Stavros Lambrinidis in Washington announced that he had lobbied hard against the entry ban in recent times.
European officials welcomed the decision. “Fantastic news, for German and European investment, our exports and transatlantic relations,” tweeted German Deputy Prime Minister Olaf Scholz. Commissioner Thierry Breton (Industry) sees the easing as “a logical decision given the success of our EU vaccination campaign.” British Prime Minister Boris Johnson also reacted with the news that he believes will boost trade and reunite families and friends on both sides of the ocean.
The US authorities meanwhile extended the ban on non-essential inland travel from Canada and Mexico until October 21.