The Schengen agreement is a pact that was signed in 1985 in the Schengen city of Luxembourg and entered into force in 1995. With this agreement, which was joined by a multitude of European countries to allow free internal movement among the member citizens of the adhering states and promoting trade and police aid among all of them to prevent cross-border flight.
The borders of the 26 member countries they are limited to crossing from one country to another simply with an official identity document that allows the person to be identified as a Schengen citizen.
The Schengen agreement and the health crisis
With the declaration of the global health crisis, the Schengen Agreement was partially annulled to prevent citizens from being able to travel freely through member countries to try to control the spread of the virus and limit mobility as much as possible. This caused that for the first time in 25 years there were again exhaustive controls between borders, having to justify the movement with a safe-conduct that allowed the trip.
The United States prohibits travel to the Schengen countries
How has this affected trips to the United States from the countries adhering to the Schenge agreement n? Despite the fact that the vaccination rate in the country is very high given that almost 50% of the population already has the complete vaccination schedule.
However, the norm is to try to reduce mobility and justify that only healthy people travel to the country and that they will not spread the virus.
The countries that have conditional mobility to the United States are the following in this list:
China, Iran, countries adhering to the Schengen Area agreement in Europe (Germany, Austria, Belgium, Vatican City, Denmark, Estonia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Finland, France, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Norway, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Czech Republic, San Marino, Sweden, Switzerland), United Kingdom (England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland), Republic of Ireland and Brazil.
Travel to the United States from Europe
To travel to the United States from Europe (or other countries with reduced mobility), one of the three conditions set by the country’s health authorities must be met:
- Have the complete vaccination schedule certified
- Present a negative PCR with a maximum period of 3 days upon arrival in the country
- Be in possession of a medical certificate that proves that the disease has passed in the 90 days prior to arrival in the country
To learn more about these exceptions, you can consult our blog post Travel to the United States from Europe to know the necessary conditions in depth.
Apply for ESTA Visa
If you meet the conditions to travel to the United States, you should know that the country’s mobility policy is strict and meeting one of the 3 previous conditions is not enough to be able to travel to the country.
You must have your passport in order both when you enter and when you leave and, as a company recommendation, take out medical insurance, and more so with the current situation to be able to have a possible complication insured, since access to health entails a high cash outlay.
On the other hand, apply for the ESTA Visa it is essential to allow you to enter the country. If your stay in the country is for tourist, school or business reasons for a company for which you work based outside the United States, you can apply for the visa exemption and process the ESTA Visa.
For more information, you can consult the frequently asked questions on our website to find out more details about everything you need to travel to the United States and enjoy the advantages of having an ESTA Visa, whether you are a citizen or not a member of countries with the Schengen agreement.