Tom Milanovic, a marketing manager for the Spanish tourism authority, said that many worried people had called him on Monday, wondering if they had to cancel upcoming trips. But so far, the European Union’s recommendation has not altered Spain’s requirements even for unvaccinated travelers, he said.
“Any U.S. citizen regardless of their status is still good to go,” he said, adding that the country issues new guidelines each week. The current guidelines, which hold until Sept. 5, continue to categorize the United States as “low risk,” meaning Americans don’t have to show a negative antigen test before flying to Spain.
Tourism authorities from several other countries said that they were not at liberty to discuss the new requirements, but as far as they were aware, the European Union’s recommendation did not change anything immediately.
Does this mean all European countries are now requiring unvaccinated travelers to quarantine?
No, but it underscores how quickly rules and regulations continue to change. Unvaccinated travelers should be prepared to keep hitting refresh on the entry requirements for their chosen location until the moment they set out to the airport. It’s also worth remembering that long before this recommendation, some countries were already requiring unvaccinated travelers to quarantine.
What if I am vaccinated, but my children aren’t?
If children are too young to get vaccinated, then the new recommendation does not affect them, a European Union official said.
What if I’m unvaccinated, but the travel is essential?
The new recommendation makes an exception for essential travel.
Does this mean that as of this week, I can safely assume that all the Americans on my flight have been vaccinated?
No, this does not change anything yet. There is no guarantee that the person sitting next to you on your flight has been vaccinated.
I now feel compelled to cancel my trip. Can I get my money back?
You can certainly try.
Kate Kilcoyne, a travel adviser for All-Travel, a Los Angeles-based travel agency, said that it’s too soon to know how airlines and cruises will respond to this new development, but her clients have generally had more success receiving credits rather than cash refunds when canceling their travel plans.