As the deadly variant of COVID-19 Delta continues to spread and vaccination rates do not move much in the right direction, tourist destinations in the United States and beyond have been forced to make tough decisions about what to do with unvaccinated visitors. They are trying to balance attracting the greatest number of tourists to compensate for the massive financial losses due to the pandemic and creating safety protocols that will keep everyone safe. In recent weeks, a growing number of foreign countries have imposed vaccine requirements on American travelers to their shores. And, citing growing COVID figures, the European Union announced in August that it had removed the United States from its “safe travel list” and urged member countries to implement restrictions for travelers in from the United States.
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Several countries, Sweden, Bulgaria and Norway, have now banned all travelers from the United States, regardless of their vaccination status. In Sweden, “there is a ban on non-essential travel … directly from non-EU / EEA countries. The ban applies to foreign nationals from countries outside the EU / EEA and will remain in effect until October 31, 2021. “, which includes the Americans. .
The Bulgarian restrictions state that “US citizens traveling directly from the US to Bulgaria are not allowed to enter Bulgaria unless they meet an exception as the US is classified as a red zone country.” Some of these exceptions include EU citizens and essential workers.
And Norway’s approach is similar. On the country’s tourism website, Norwegian officials note: “If you live in most other countries outside the EU / EEA (including the US)… you are currently not allowed entry. in Norway. While there are also some exemptions, having a U.S. vaccine certificate is not one of them. However, Norwegian websites indicate that “ssolutions are being developed to extend [entry] … To people who have been vaccinated with vaccines approved in the UK, US and WHO. This has not yet been clarified. “
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Meanwhile, France, the Netherlands, Spain, Greenland, Estonia, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Malta, and Latvia have all opened their borders to people vaccinated from the United States, but unvaccinated tourists from the United States are largely not allowed.
Many Caribbean countries have also issued vaccination warrants for tourists. For example, visitors to the Turks and Caicos Islands must bring not only proof of vaccination, but also a negative COVID test before allowing entry. Those planning a trip to Trinidad and Tobago should also note that the country has imposed a strict daily curfew from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. to minimize potential transmissions. Grenada, however, has some of the strictest entry requirements. The country says visitors must be fully immunized with a vaccine approved by the World Health Organization and must provide proof of a negative COVID test within 72 hours of departure. Once you arrive, you will need to take an additional PCR test and will need to quarantine until the test results are available (which is usually a period of 48 hours).
Other European countries, including the Czech Republic, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Italy and Romania, currently allow unvaccinated travelers from the United States, but they require that they carry out several COVID tests and / or long quarantines before entering.
Given the fluidity of the pandemic, it is recommended that you regularly check the United States Department of State’s most recent travel recommendations and search rules at your intended destination before booking travel.
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