American tourists who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 will be allowed back into the European Union this summer.
Ursula von der Leyen, president of the European Commission, told the New York Times Sunday that a switch in policy to allow trans-Atlantic travel is around the corner.
“The Americans, as far as I can see, use European Medicines Agency-approved vaccines,” von der Leyer told the outlet. “This will enable free movement and the travel to the European Union.”
“Because one thing is clear: All 27 member states will accept, unconditionally, all those who are vaccinated with vaccines that are approved by EMA,” she said.
Until now, non-essential travel to Europe has been officially banned over the fear of the renewed spread of the global pandemic.
But some European nations, who rely on US tourist dollars, have pushed for the ban to be lifted and renewed air travel across the Atlantic.