Most Americans have long been hoping that winter and autumn would bring the pandemic freezing from above, and travel to Europe wholly free and clear. However, the new “seasonal” flu outbreak has thrown such a wrench into the plans, with several new travel restrictions and cautions being put in place across the continent. The “Ebola effect” has been in full swing this season, as African tourists are being quarantined and even tourists who show flu symptoms are being told to stay home. The winter snows are coming.
With so many restrictions, it may be difficult for travelers to leave their homes and visit Denmark, the home of my ancestors. There is still time, however to make arrangements to visit some of Europe’s best known attractions, including Denmark’s famous “Greenland zoo”. I’ve often thought that Americans traveling to Europe would be frowned upon by Danish citizens, but they do not appear to be so. For a few days in June visitors can enjoy the Greenlands with a brief stop in Copenhagen, Denmark. After that, American travelers must rely on other means to travel throughout the region.
There are ways to travel between the US and Europe without showing evidence of infection with the deadly virus. A traveler can obtain an immigrant visa through the Federal government or through a private, safe, and reliable agency that does background checks and financial means tests on applicants. Some have suggested that the introduction of a no proof of medical travel policy may help decrease the number of cases of false positives. However, this has yet to be seen.
Many, if not most, travel packages include airfare, rental car, and even a guide to help trek across the borders and into various cities. In the case of a Europe tour, these are generally provided free of charge by tour operators and supported by a variety of public services. A tourist might also be able to secure a special event deal, which includes hotel accommodations, airport shuttle, and access to certain sights and activities. Certain events such as soccer tournaments, golf tournaments, and horse shows require a special permit and tourism visas, which are readily available from the competent authorities.
If necessary, there are organizations that help tourists get ready for travel to Europe during the months of November and December. This is especially important for those who need to travel to Europe prior to the onset of the seasonal H1N1 pandemic. It can take up to six months before an infected person shows symptoms and can possibly prevent the disease from spreading. In order to apply for a travel vaccination status, a traveler must fill out a form that provides personal information and contact information.
Those who are concerned about traveling to Europe but do not have an existing medical condition can visit the European Vaccine Centre in London. This organization offers vaccination guidance and is one of the largest promoters of immunizations in Europe. Those considering travel to Europe should visit the center’s website, which offers detailed information on when vaccines are offered where and how they can be purchased. Those who are unsure whether they have received a passport or vaccination card, and wish to travel to Europe, should contact their local vaccination office for more information.
Although there are travel restrictions in some areas of Europe, particularly with regard to health issues and contagious diseases, all Americans with proper documentation will be allowed to travel freely. The CDC advises travelers to pay special attention to hygiene at all times. Cleanliness is a key aspect of avoiding the spread of flu and other contagious diseases.
The Department of Homeland Security advises citizens of America to get tested before traveling to any country, including Europe. Anyone who has recently traveled to Europe or South America and whose symptoms seem like those of a common illness should get a consult from a healthcare practitioner before setting out. Certain countries, such as those in eastern Europe, do not allow citizens to enter the country without a visa. In those cases, the traveler would need to obtain a visa in order to enter the country. Some travelers choose to get tested before leaving for a European trip in order to make sure they are not headed towards another illness.