The European Commission President, Ursula von der Leyen, told The New York Times that Americans who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 should be able to travel to Europe by summer. The union's 27 members would accept, unconditionally, all those who are vaccinated with vaccines that are approved by the European Medicines Agency.

"The Americans, as far as I can see, use European Medicines Agency-approved vaccines" von der Leyen said. "This will enable free movement and travel to the European Union."

“Because one thing is clear: All 27 member states will accept, unconditionally, all those who are vaccinated with vaccines that are approved by E.M.A” she added. The agency, the bloc’s drugs regulator, has approved all three vaccines being used in the United States, namely the Moderna, Pfizer/BioNTech and Johnson & Johnson shots.

Ms. von der Leyen did not offer a timeline on when exactly tourist travel might open up, or details on how it would occur.

Further details are not available at the moment but this is a welcome change from the current travel ban. Earlier, Greece, Croatia and Iceland are also confirmed to be open to fully vaccinated American tourists this summer.