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EU opening up to Vaccinated US citizen!

Mom83

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Our 33 year old son contracted Covid in mid February. He was pretty sick for about 10-14 days, but fortunately came through it in good shape. He had to test weekly once he returned to work...he still tested positive for Covid for 6 weeks after he was no longer symptomatic and had returned to work...8 weeks from when he contracted it!
I had no idea that could happen.
 

Alpinista

100+ Posts
Thought I'd pass this news item along -- something that was always on our to-do list, but never done since going to my wife's unheated house in February never seemed like such a good idea: "In 2021, Viareggio Carnival starts Saturday 18 September and ends Saturday 9 October. It represents a change from the usual, traditional period of February with some dates in January or March. This year the Carnival of Viareggio has a new name: it’s been called “Universal Carnival 2021”.
 

Alpinista

100+ Posts
Waiting for the surge of cases after the soccer celebrations (headline says the open bus tour of Rome by the team was "unauthorized" -- that's a bit late and a bit sad for a response). Still scheduled to leave for Italy in early September and still a long way from having any confidence we really will.
 

vicogirl51

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I’m getting worried too! Our positivity rate in our county today is up to 8.7%. In 2020 at the same time in the midst of Covid we were at 10%.
 

CaWino

100+ Posts
The Italian Embassy web site in the U.S. says "Those vaccinated in the U.S.A. can prove this via the "white card" bearing a CDC logo;".
I saw that, too. As Andrew noted, California has a digital pass. As a California resident and vaccinated, I have access to to pass, but it has a state logo with no mention of the CDC. I'm not sure that will cut it.

As I US citizen, I don't expect the USA to touch Digital Vaccination Passports with a ten foot pole. The issue is a political hot potato. There were earlier reports that the EU was "In talks with USA" about US citizens having access to the EU Digital Green Passport, but that seems to have fizzled out. We don't have access to Digital Green Passports now, nor do I expect that will change in the near future. One can only hope.

I have cancelled my planned September trip to Sicily and Malta. There are too many everchanging nebulous rules for me to navigate and still enjoy what is support to be leisure time. I'm hopeful for more clarity and relaxed rules by Spring 2022. Unfortunately, the USA has issues getting some significant number of folks interested in getting protected with a free vaccine. Unless that changes, we can expect covid-19 to hang around and be an obstacle to travel for much longer.
 
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NoSpin

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As I US citizen, I don't expect the USA to touch Digital Vaccination Passports with a ten foot pole. The issue is a political hot potato. There were earlier reports that the EU was "In talks with USA" about US citizens having access to the EU Digital Green Passport, but that seems to have fizzled out. We don't have access to Digital Green Passports now, nor do I expect that will change in the near future. One can only hope.
I hope you are wrong on this, but you may be right. Digital is the way to go. Just yesterday on a local radio station a caller was bragging he bought a CDC vaccination card for $100. There have been news reports of people selling the cards. A digital database would make those bogus CDC cards worthless.
I have cancelled my planned September trip to Sicily and Malta. There are too many everchanging nebulous rules for me to navigate and still enjoy what is support to be leisure time.
I think that is prudent. I wanted to go to Italy for Christmas, but I thought it would be too troublesome on many levels. e.g. testing, airline issues and restrictions within Italy.
Unfortunately, the USA has issues getting some significant number of folks interested in getting protected with a free vaccine. Unless that changes, we can expect covid-19 to hang around and be an obstacle to travel for much longer.
The resistance to vaccines is just ridiculous. Unfortunately I guess part of herd immunity is thinning the herd of the unvaccinated weak and feeble. :(
 

CaWino

100+ Posts
I hope you are wrong on this, but you may be right. Digital is the way to go. Just yesterday on a local radio station a caller was bragging he bought a CDC vaccination card for $100. There have been news reports of people selling the cards. A digital database would make those bogus CDC cards worthless.

I think that is prudent. I wanted to go to Italy for Christmas, but I thought it would be too troublesome on many levels. e.g. testing, airline issues and restrictions within Italy.

The resistance to vaccines is just ridiculous. Unfortunately I guess part of herd immunity is thinning the herd of the unvaccinated weak and feeble. :(
NoSpin, I think that we are entirely on the same page. An interesting side note, Malta's restrictions concerning tourists from the USA were originally state specific with twelve states excluded from entry to Malta: Idaho, Missouri, Arkansas, Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi and the remaining usual suspects.

Interestingly, the restriction appears to be primarily related to vaccination rates. The rule has since changed as of July 19, 2021 so that proof of full vaccination is all that is needed, regardless of state of residence. However, according to the US Embassy - Malta web site, beginning August 1, the Government of Malta will require CDC vaccination cards to be digitally verified, but further details have yet to be released. I'm not holding my breath.

Oy vey! The multitude of changing rules is enough to make anyone's head spin, except for you, of course. After all, you are NoSpin -;)
 
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