Europe’s decision to allow vaccinated US tourists will ‘lead to a flurry of new bookings,’ expert says
The European Union is reversing its longstanding stance on American tourists and will welcome vaccinated U.S. passport holders this summer, the New York Times reported.
"[This] is going to see a spate of new bookings this week ... because people have a much greater sense of confidence that they can go to Paris or Barcelona this summer," said Scott Keyes, founder and chief aviation expert at Scott's Cheap Flights said Yahoo Money.
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The details and schedule remain unclear when vaccinated Americans will be allowed to visit the 27-nation block and what vaccine documentation will be required from tourists. However, the decision will be made after the vaccine has been successfully launched in the United States, said Ursula von der Leyen. President of the European Commission, in a statement to the New York Times.
The European Union is reversing its longstanding stance on American tourists and will welcome vaccinated U.S. passport holders this summer, the New York Times reported. (Photo: Getty)
According to a CNN report, searches for Europe are already up 19%. This is despite the State Department's plan to reclassify the countries of the world according to CDC guidelines last week and to designate 153 of 209 countries as Level 4: Do not travel, the highest and most stringent travel advice level.
With the pandemic delaying all American travel to the US, reopening the EU will "go a long way in spreading where people are on summer vacation," Keyes said. Crowds at certain U.S. vacation hotspots like national parks and beaches that were inundated with visitors last summer may decline and recur before the pandemic.
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"As more countries begin to reopen their borders, especially to vaccinated Americans, more and more people are likely to expand rather than feel more restricted to the lower 48 [domestic] targets," he said.
Ever popular European capitals like Athens, Paris, and Rome are prepared to see Americans by Keyes this summer. After a year of social distancing, US tourists dream of this place to indulge yourself.
"People will want to make up for lost time," he said, not settling for goals, "halfway on their bucket list."
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