European Union Plans to Reopen to All American Travelers This Summer

European Union Plans to Reopen to All American Travelers This Summer

This article originally appeared in Travel+Leisure.

U.S. travelers are about to get many more European summer vacation options for the first time in 16 months.

European officials have agreed to add the U.S. to the European Union's safe travel list, the Associated Press reports. The U.S. is among a handful of countries - including Lebanon, Albania, and Serbia - that officials have cleared to join the list, which governs who can visit for nonessential reasons. EU officials also plan to welcome travelers from Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan beginning July 1.

Nonessential travel from the U.S. to Europe has been banned since early 2020 - a measure put into place to stem the spread of COVID-19. The EU has been promising fully vaccinated Americans the opportunity to return to Europe this summer, with countries like Greece, Italy, Portugal, and Spain already welcoming U.S. tourists.

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