European Union takes U.S. off safe travel list

E.U. takes U.S. off safe travel list due to Covid surge, backs travel restrictions

The European Union recommended Monday that its 27 nations reinstate restrictions on tourists from the U.S. because of rising coronavirus infections there.

The European Union on Monday recommended that its member countries reintroduce travel restrictions for visitors from the United States who are unvaccinated against the coronavirus, a fresh blow to the continent’s ailing tourism sector and a sign that potential measures to curb the spread of the coronavirus might remain in place for months.

The European Council of the European Union, which represents governments of the bloc’s 27 countries, removed the United States from a “safe list” of countries whose residents can travel without requirements such as quarantine and testing.

The change is not mandatory. Each E.U. member state imposes its own travel rules and can decide whether to follow the guidelines or not, so it was not immediately clear which countries, if any, would reintroduce restrictions or when they might begin.

The E.U. also removed Israel, Kosovo, Lebanon, Montenegro and North Macedonia from the list.

The recommendation doesn’t apply to Britain, which formally left the E.U. at the beginning of the year and opened its borders to fully vaccinated travelers from the U.S. earlier this month.

U.S. coronavirus deaths have been over 1,200 a day for several days, seven times higher than they were in early July.


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