A wonderful announcement today was made that will be music to the ears of vaccinated Americans keen to explore Europe on a yacht charter this summer. The EU has made an agreement that it will open its borders to Americans and other non-EU citizens this upcoming season, following more than a year of travel restrictions.
The 27 ambassadors for the European Union nations have unanimously agreed to update rules regarding travel from outside the EU. Whilst EU leaders still need to officially approve this proposal (due to take place next week), the announcement signals a significant badge of approval for travel.
What we know so far, is that all three vaccines being used in the US (Johnson & Johnson, Pfizer and Moderna) will be accepted as entry requirements to the EU. A "white list" will also be created for non-EU countries. Any citizen on the "white list" will be allowed to travel to Europe, as this list is reserved for countries with a 14-day average of under 75 new cases each day per 100,000. This list will be published later this week.
Countries can be removed from the "white list" if cases or new variants arise.
No exact date has been set yet, though it is expected that once the proposal has been ratified by all 27 leaders of EU countries, restrictions will be eased shortly thereafter.
Europe is a perenially popular yacht charter destination — and none the more so than the Mediterranean, offering a dizzying variety of picture-perfect cruising grounds. A vacation along the glittering French Riviera, the old-school charm of the Amalfi Coast or the heavenly secluded beauty of Corsica or Sardinia never fails to please.
To book a yacht charter in Europe this summer, please consult your chosen yacht charter broker. To find our more about potential destinations to visit, check out our Mediterranean yacht charter guide.