It’s time to dust those passports off! For those of us fortunate enough to have been fully vaccinated (thank you, science!) against Covid-19, the drive to get back out there is stronger than ever. On Wednesday, we were delighted to read in the New York Times that the European Union passed a motion to reopen its borders to fully vaccinated travelers, including Americans. The news comes as a long-awaited “welcome back” for LGBTQ+ travelers who have been quarantined at home waiting for a new adventure.
As soon as next week, Americans are welcome to travel to Italy after booking a special “Covid-tested flight” in which all passengers agree to get tested before and after flying (available from New York and Atlanta), and submitting a digital passenger locator form provided by the E.U. Each country has its own requirements and guidelines for international travelers, so its best to take some time to research online before you book the best way to responsibly travel when you’re ready to take off. And while you’re traveling, keep in mind these CDC guidelines for traveling while vaccinated.
This is a huge step in our return to normalcy, and while we still have a long way to go in distributing vaccines to E.U. countries and defeating the coronavirus, we will gladly start booking our flights to Italy again in the meantime. If we know anything to be true, it’s that LGBTQ+ travelers are some of the most steadfast supporters of the tourism and hospitality industry, and we will be back soon!