European Union recommends reintroducing travel restrictions for US visitors

European Union recommends reintroducing travel restrictions for US visitors

The US was removed from the so-called “safe list” on Monday.

The European Union on Monday encouraged members to reintroduce travel restrictions for visitors from the United States as Americans face a resurgence in COVID-19 cases.

The US was removed on Monday from the EU’s so-called “safe list” of countries for which travel restrictions (such as quarantine and testing requirements) were recommended to be phased out. As a result, the EU is encouraging its 27 member states to restrict non-essential travel by US visitors.

In particular, the recommendation is not binding and the authorities of each Member State remain responsible for the implementation of the recommendations.

Israel, Kosovo, Lebanon, Montenegro and the Republic of North Macedonia were also removed from the “safe list” on Monday.

The latest guidelines reversed course from June, when much of Europe began to welcome American tourists after more than a year of pandemic travel restrictions. The US has since faced an outbreak of the more contagious delta strain that has caused the number of new cases to rise across the country. On Friday, the US reported 176,742 new cases and a 7-day moving average of some 147,030 new cases per day, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

According to CDC data, only 63.3% of Americans age 18 and older have been fully vaccinated against COVID-10. In the European Union, 67.4% of adults over the age of 18 have been fully vaccinated.

In the meantime, travelers from Europe are still largely allowed to enter the US

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