The United States has been added to the list of countries whose travelers, even unvaccinated, will be able to enter the European Union.

On June 16, 2021, the 27 member states of the European Union gave the green light to the addition of the United States to the list of countries whose travelers, even not vaccinated against COVID-19, can be admitted to the EU territory. The decision should apply by June 20, 2021.

Along with the US, Albania, Lebanon, North Macedonia, Serbia, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macao were also added. The choice was based on the epidemiological situation of each country and the progress of their vaccination campaign, the number of tests carried out, and the reliability of the data available.

The EU, with the exception of Ireland, closed its external borders in March 2020 for non-essential travel due to the pandemic. Since May 2021, fully vaccinated travelers from any country can enter the EU.