European Union member countries have been expanding their new travel rules particularly in relation to U.S. nonessential tourists who plan to visit Europe. Specifically. EU members that took such steps after the EU Commission announced the removal of US from its list of safe countries, include Spain, Denmark, Norway, Italy, and France,
Although the U.S. was previously included in EU’s safe travel list, the decision for its removal is not only due to the country’s increasing number of coronavirus cases; but also due to lack of reciprocity. As it is, the US is still imposing a travel ban against nonessential EU travelers.
France and Spain Released Travel Guidelines Concerning US Travelers
According to the French embassy, effective September 12, US tourists who are completely vaccinated are the only ones allowed to enter France. On the other hand, unvaccinated visitors may be allowed but only for essential reasons. In such cases, unvaccinated essential US travelers have to quarantine for seven days and provide a negative coronavirus test upon arrival.
Spain on the other hand announced through the U.S. Embassy and Consulate in Spain and Andorra that effective September 06, the country will require nonessential travelers from the U.S to present proof of vaccination. In addition, they must also obtain a QR code from Spain’s Travel Health portal. Acquiring a QR code can be facilitated by using the country’s ‘SpTH app, which can be downloaded at the iTunes App Store, Google Play STore, or the Spanish government website.
Regardless of age, every US visitor entering the country must have their own QR code to present upon arrival and while traveling in Spain, even if they stopped over in another country before entering Spain.