Americans will not be allowed to travel to EU countries when the block opens to international visitors on July 1.
For the second time this month, the European Union extended its travel ban on Americans on Thursday, as COVID-19 infections continued to rise across the United States.
The EU first began lifting out-of-block travel restrictions on 1 July, welcoming visitors from 14 countries, including Canada, South Korea and the United States. Australia. The United States was left out of that initial list, and the EU extended its ban on Americans visiting the bloc on July 16.
The announcement, by the European Council, came after EU officials carried out their quarterly review of travel restrictions, examining coronavirus trends and containment measures in each country. to determine whether to increase or decrease the list of permitted travelers.
Key measures: Pandemic outbreaks in a given country need to contain them equally – or better – than in the EU.
The United States has had more than 4.4 million COVID-19 cases since Thursday, and more than 151,000 deaths, more than any other nation, according to Johns Hopkins University.
European countries have made significantly more progress in containing the coronavirus, which causes COVID-19. According to EU data, the bloc – which includes the European Economic Area (EU countries plus Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway) and the United Kingdom – reported more than 1.7 million cases as of Thursday.
Three U.S. states – California, Florida and New York – have more than 400,000 cases, while a fourth, Texas, has nearly as many. No other EU country has more than 300,000 cases, according to the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control.
Here are the twelve countries where citizens are approved to visit the EU. The list has not changed since two weeks ago, when Montenegro and Serbia were removed:
- New Zealand
- South Korea
- China, subject to confirmation of reciprocity
Thursday’s decree does not apply to travel to Britain, which left the EU in January.
The U.S. State Department has warned Americans against international travel since March.
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