It looks like 2021 will not be another lost summer of travel for U.S. citizens. In addition to widespread domestic re-openings, Iceland and Greece are now open and France has indicated vaccinated Americans will be welcomed this summer.
Summer In Europe: Greece Now Open To Americans, France Hints At Re-Opening
Starting today, Greece has re-opened to American citizens (the USA joins a fairly exclusive list of nations that are allowed to visit Greece, though a wider re-opening is planned for May). Your CDC vaccination card or negative PCR test (not older than 72 hours) is enough to get you in, though you may be subject to random testing upon arrival and must arrive in one of the following airports:
- Athens (ATH)
- Chania (CHQ)
- Corfu (CFU)
- Heraklion (HER)
- Kos (KGS)
- Mykonos (JMK)
- Rhodes (RHO)
- Santorini (JTR)
- Thessaloniki (SKG)
You must also fill out this Passenger Locator Form prior to arrival.
Meanwhile, French President Emmanuel Macron appeared on CBS’s Face The Nation yesterday and expressed hope of a path to travel for vaccinated Americans this summer:
“We will progressively lift the restrictions of the beginning of May, which means that we will organize in the summer time with our professionals in France for French European citizens, but as well for American citizens. So we are working hard to propose a very concrete solution, especially for US citizens who are vaccinated, so with a special pass, I would say.”
ICYMI: French Pres. Emmanuel Macron says France will “progressively lift” travel restrictions at the beginning of May, including for American citizens who are vaccinated.
— Face The Nation (@FaceTheNation) April 18, 2021
Note that it is not necessarily Macron’s decision to make.
Still, a summer in France is now within reach. If the United States re-opens border to citizens of the European Union in May, as is now rumored, it may be that we see the entire Schengen Area re-open to vaccinated Americans.
Iceland has also re-opened to vaccinated Americans and children born after 2005 are exempt when traveling with their parents.
I’ll be traveling to Europe this summer, lockdown or not, to spend time with my wife’s side of the family. While lockdowns continue across France and Germany (and even Greece right now), there is hope that with warmer weather and more vaccinations new case numbers will drop as they have in the United States.
It always behooves us to exercise caution when traveling and we should continue to take all reasonable precautions, but I am elated that the world is starting to re-open again. It has been a long time and I cannot wait to freely travel once again.