Industry Applauds EU Plan to Open to US Travelers, Urges Further Steps

Travel industry stakeholders on Monday cheered the European Commission president's comments that she expects the European Union to accept travelers from outside the EU who've been vaccinated against Covid-19, but said additional steps must be taken to support the return of cross-border travel—particularly around the procedures by which travelers will prove they've been vaccinated.

In an interview with the New York Times published on Sunday, EC president Ursula von der Leyen said the EC plans to recommend allowing travelers from outside the EU to enter provided they've received a vaccine approved by the European Medicines Agency, the EU's drug regulator.

"All 27 member states will accept, unconditionally, all those who are vaccinated with vaccines that are approved by E.M.A.," von der Leyen told the Times.

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