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1. Posted by Timoelt3m (First Time Poster 1 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

When will Americans be able to travel to Europe for leisure??
Shall i cancel my trip in September??

2. Posted by Sander (Moderator 5477 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

When the coronavirus situation in the USA is fully under control. Not "fake news" control, but actual control. So, hope for a competent president in January, add 3-4 months for his measures to take effect, and you're looking at April/May 2021...

(Which means that yes, I don't see any way you could expect to travel to Europe in September, so cancelling the trip seems to be in order.)

[ Edit: Edited on 29-Jul-2020, 20:06 GMT by Sander ]

3. Posted by AndyF (Moderator 2050 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

I agree that September seems unlikely.

If you are allowed to travel, you will not get the normal experience of visiting, and you run the risk of getting caught in a lockdown or a quarantine on your return home.

Or if you contract covid while travelling, that may be expensive / difficult! (Would your travel insurance cover it? I have my doubts, and I wouldn't want to risk it.)

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5. Posted by Beausoleil (Travel Guru 1611 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

Hi. You didn't fill out your Profile Page so I don't know where you are starting your trip. If you are from the USA, many countries in Europe are not allowing us in except for essential workers or people with necessary business. Other countries are requiring a negative COVID-19 test dated within 72 hours and others a 14-day quarantine. They are having a little spike over there right now so are very leery of letting us in with our major problem here.

If you decide to try it, be sure to check the requirements for the country or countries you plan visit and also what is needed for you to return home.

We just finished cancelling our September-October trip. We were holding out until the last minute to see if we could manage it but getting into Europe from the USA is difficult right now. On the bright side, because of this, we had no trouble cancelling everything or moving it to next year.

However, most European countries are discouraging travel for leisure from the USA if that's where you are from so be sure to check requirements depending on where in Europe you want to go.

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7. Posted by Teoni (Travel Guru 1016 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

Considering European countries are in a pattern of opening, closing and reopening then closing again just with each other I would think the USA is very far down the list of being admitted. I would be looking at your refund options.

[ Edit: Edited on 30-Jul-2020, 14:31 GMT by Teoni ]

8. Posted by Sinan.Almukhtar (Budding Member 3 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

What airlines ? If your ticket is refundable, I would cancel or reschedule for 2021.

9. Posted by leics2 (Travel Guru 1427 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

>Considering European countries are in a pattern of opening, closing and reopening then closing again just with each other

I assume by 'Europe' you mean the EU & EEA countries?

That isn't what's happening.

Individual countries may advise against travelling to X and/or place quarantine restrictions on people who have visited Y or enter Z but there has been no further 'opening' and 'closing' with each other in the manner you imply.....and there is certainly no 'pattern'.

EU (and UK) citizens have been entirely banned from visiting the US since mid-March, whether for leisure or anything else. That, plus the very important fact that the US has a much higher number of Covid cases than any EU/EEA country, mean it is unlikely individual EU/EEA countries will admit US visitors without additional requirements (e.g. testing, quarantine/self-isolation) in the near future.

Sadly, I very much doubt the US Covid situation will improve dramatically in the next couple of months so I think the OP's chances of making a September trip to an EU/EEA country or countries without being required to be tested and/or quarantined on arrival are pretty low. I'd cancel the trip and re-plan it for next year.

[ Edit: Edited on 31-Jul-2020, 06:06 GMT by leics2 ]

10. Posted by AndyF (Moderator 2050 posts) 1w 1 Star this if you like it!

Quoting leics2

That isn't what's happening.

Individual countries may advise against travelling to X and/or place quarantine restrictions on people who have visited Y or enter Z but there has been no further 'opening' and 'closing' with each other in the manner you imply.....and there is certainly no 'pattern'.

I think that's a bit of a technical distinction. In reality yes leisure travellers should certainly consider the situation volatile as Teoni suggests.

This week the UK has changed the status of Spain, Spanish islands, and Luxembourg - it may not be an outright ban but it's "advise against nonessential travel" and a 14 day quarantine upon return. I fully expect to see more places put back on that list, which were previously whitelisted, in the coming weeks. To me that's certainly a pattern of opening and closing in practical terms, and we should be all about practical advice to travellers.