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Traveling (driving) around Europe this July - with US passport

After doing some research, I still haven't been able to find a clear answer to my question - so I'll post it here.

This July I plan to drive around Europe traveling from Switzerland to France, Belgium, Luxembourg, Germany, .... and a few other places.

In the car there will be a person with a USA passport (Swiss resident - with Swiss residence card) .

Is there any reason I should think this is not a good idea.

During my research I found that this is not going to be a problem, then I heard on the news that the EU "may" not allow US tourists into the EU this summer.

I did a similar trip last year and want to recreate it.

My worst case scenario thought I have is ---- at an EU border, the border patrol to turn away the US passport person saying the EU does not allow US tourists at this time.
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Re: Traveling (driving) around Europe this July - with US passport

By US tourist they mean tourists arriving from the US, not US citizens who are arriving from other EU/Schengen countries.

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Re: Traveling (driving) around Europe this July - with US passport

The Media haven't been clear or correct about who they say will be "banned". Currently just about every non-EU+ state is banned, and the EU+ are discussing which countries should come off the list.

As the US has a much higher infection rate than the EU+ AND because it still bans Europeans from their territory the EU+ is not considering allowing 'Americans' back in, for the time being.

By this they mean residents of the US. A Canadian, or a Fijian living in the US would be equally covered by these rules. Always take your permit with you and present it, without being asked, with your passport.

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This July I plan to drive around Europe traveling from Switzerland to France, Belgium, Luxembourg, Germany, .... and a few other places.
As long as you stay in the Schengen area I doubt you would even be asked for your papers. Border crossings are mostly back to pre-C19 processes.
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Re: Traveling (driving) around Europe this July - with US passport

I think you might get turned away at one or more borders. The different countries will interpret the travel ban differently.
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Re: Traveling (driving) around Europe this July - with US passport

Repeat after me. “I live in Switzerland, I havent been to the US since ...”. You will be fine, if anyone bothers to ask.
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Re: Traveling (driving) around Europe this July - with US passport

What matters is your residency and from where you travel, what passport you hold is completely irrelevant.
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Re: Traveling (driving) around Europe this July - with US passport

Just for info - sharing personal experience, shortly after 15th June I drove to Prague, stayed over a week and returned late last week, no controls at all in either direction at CH-DE-CZ borders.

I also met a UK based Slovakian guy in a service station (driving a UK registered car) near Nuremberg who'd driven from Bristol and had no controls at UK-French-Belgian-German borders (he'd had a negative test before setting out).
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