"It is very good to see that the United States will ease travel restrictions for vaccinated passengers" from November, said Executive Vice President of the European Commission Valdis Dombrovskis, through his official Twitter account.
For the head of the community executive with the portfolio of “An economy at the service of people”, this is “excellent news for business, commerce and investors”, as well as for “the ties between the EU and the United States”, namely at a time when the community space “enters the recovery” of the crisis generated by the pandemic.
“We will continue to keep everyone safe,” said Valdis Dombrovskis.
Also via Twitter, the European Commission said, on its official website, “it welcomes the US announcement that fully vaccinated EU travellers will soon be able to travel again to the United States”.
“A long-awaited step for separated families and friends and good news for business,” said the institution.
The United States has announced that, from the beginning of November, it will allow the entry of travellers from the European Union and the United Kingdom, as long as they have a full vaccination.
Travellers must provide proof of vaccination and a negative test taken three days prior to travel, said Jeff Zients, head of the White House's Covid-19 pandemic combat team, during a virtual press conference.
Passengers who meet these requirements are not even required to quarantine, Zients said.
Travel restrictions, which had been in place since March 2020, has been criticised by European partners, who highlighted that vaccination levels are higher in the EU than in the United States.
The US government will also require airlines to collect contact information from international travellers, to make it easier to track possible cases of contagion, explained Zients.