• American travellers can start taking European vacations again, whether they're vaccinated or not.
  • The European Council said on Friday that member states should "gradually lift the travel restrictions."
  • The list will be reviewed every two weeks, and will be updated as needed, the council said.
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The European Union has officially lifted all bans against American travellers.

In a statement issued on Friday, the European Council said member states are allowed to "gradually lift the travel restrictions at the external borders" for residents of 14 countries, including the US, CNN reported.

The list is expected to be reviewed every two weeks and updated if necessary.

The German network Deutsche Welle, France's Agence France-Presse, and Reuters news agency first reported on the plans on Wednesday.

Travellers from Albania, North Macedonia, Serbia, Lebanon, Taiwan, Macau, and Hong Kong are also included on the list of countries to have restrictions dropped.

According to the European Council, the countries were selected based on specifications linked to the "epidemiological situation and overall response to Covid-19, as well as the reliability of the available information and data sources," CNN reported.

The decision applies to both vaccinated and unvaccinated travellers, a European source with knowledge of the discussions confirmed to Insider.

Individual EU countries can still choose to demand a negative Covid-19 test or quarantine upon arrival.

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