April 26, 2021
Alexandria, VA, April 26, 2021 – Zane Kerby, President & CEO of the American Society of Travel Advisors (ASTA), issues the following statement in response to the European Union’s (EU) announcement that fully vaccinated American travelers will be allowed entry into the Union this summer:
“We are gratified that the EU has recognized the economic importance of a viable international travel system. Allowing Americans who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to visit Europe this summer is welcome news at a time when Americans are planning overseas trips with their travel advisors.
“As welcome as this announcement is, fulfilling its potential requires action on the part of the U.S. government. Since the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has determined that fully vaccinated travelers are less likely to get and spread COVID-19, logic dictates that the rule requiring Americans returning from overseas to test negative for COVID-19 before boarding their return flight be revised to exempt those returning from the EU. Doing so will help the travel industry make the most of this development while protecting public health and reducing the risk of Americans stranded overseas at their own expense.
“We call on the CDC to modify its international air testing rule, and to continue work on systems to establish vaccination, immunity or a negative test result so that international travel can safely return to pre-pandemic levels.”
Rebranded in 2018 as the American Society of Travel Advisors, ASTA is the leading global advocate for travel advisors, the travel industry and the traveling public. Its members represent 80 percent of all travel sold in the United States through the travel agency distribution channel. Together with hundreds of internationally-based members, ASTA’s history of industry advocacy traces back to its founding in 1931 when it launched with the mission to facilitate the business of selling travel through effective representation, shared knowledge and the enhancement of professionalism. For more information about the Society, visit ASTA.org. Consumers can connect with an ASTA travel advisor at TravelSense.org.