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European Commission President Von der Lein: Americans who have been vaccinated will soon be able to enter Europe

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European Commission President Von der Lein said that the recovery of travel will depend on "epidemic conditions, but the situation in the United States is improving, and I hope that the situation in Europe is also improving." (AFP)

European Commission President Von der Lein did not give a clear timetable when he was interviewed by The New York Times, but New Times said that the new regulations are expected to be implemented this summer. This will end the non-essential travel ban imposed by the European Union on most countries for more than a year.

(Washington) European Commission President Von der Lein said that Americans who have been vaccinated against coronavirus are expected to be allowed to enter the European Union within a few months, as long as they are vaccinated with a vaccine approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA).

Von der lein revealed the above news in an interview with The New York Times on Sunday. She did not give a clear timetable, but “New Times” said the new regulations are expected to be implemented this summer. This will end the non-essential travel ban imposed by the European Union on most countries for more than a year.

The European Medicines Agency has granted emergency use authorization for three vaccines used in the United States, namely Pfizer, Modena, and Johnson & Johnson vaccines.

Von der Lein said: “As far as I can see, Americans are using a vaccine approved by the European Medicines Agency, which will allow them to move freely and have the opportunity to travel to the European Union. Because one thing is clear: all 27 members of the European Union The country will unconditionally accept, anyone who has received a vaccine approved by the European Medicines Agency.”

However, “New Times” pointed out that although the EU will recommend this change, individual member states can still retain stricter restrictions, including quarantine.

“New Times” said that the rapid progress of vaccination work in the United States and the progress of negotiations on how to use vaccine certificates are the reasons why the European Union plans to approve the resumption of transatlantic leisure travel.

Von Delane said that the United States has made “great progress” and is expected to vaccinate 70% of adults by mid-June.

She added that the recovery of travel will depend on “epidemic conditions, but the situation in the United States is improving, and hopefully the situation in Europe is also improving.”

It is understood that Brussels officials are discussing the possibility of free travel by issuing vaccine certificates by the government. However, the US government has stated that for privacy reasons, it will not issue so-called vaccine passports, and will leave it to private and non-profit organizations to lead this work.

So far, about 42% of the U.S. population has received at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine, and 28.5% of people have received two doses of the vaccine.

Passengers from seven countries including Singapore included in Greece exemption list

At the same time, Greece announced that starting from Monday (26th), passengers from Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Thailand, South Korea, Russia and Rwanda will be included in the exemption list.

However, travelers from these countries must have an official certificate that they have been vaccinated, or a report of a negative coronavirus test.

Prior to this, Greece has allowed travelers from five countries including the United Kingdom, the United States, the United Arab Emirates, Serbia and Israel to enter without isolation.

The epidemic in Greece has remained severe in recent months, and the number of confirmed cases in many areas has increased, putting increasing pressure on hospitals. However, Prime Minister Mizotakis said last week that the epidemic has shown signs of stabilization, and he confirmed that the tourism industry will resume on May 15 as planned. Tourism is a key industry in Greece, accounting for one-fifth of its economic output.

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