EU to Revisit Travel Restrictions on U.S. Travelers

By Paul Riegler on 9 August 2021
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Although it seems as if the European Union has just reopened its borders to U.S. travelers, the rising number of coronavirus cases in the United States, fueled by the India, or Delta, variant, may soon result in the reestablishment of travel curbs.

The bloc added the United States to its list of safe countries in June at a time when the country did not have more than 75 new coronavirus cases each day per 100,000 inhabitants over a 14 day period.  More recently, that figure has been 270 daily cases per 100,000 people, well above the threshold for staying on the safe countries list.

Now, the European Commission is considering removing the United States from the  list of countries whose inhabitants are allowed to visit the Continent.

The current safe list includes over 20 countries including Albania, Armenia, Australia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Canada, Israel, Japan, Lebanon, New Zealand, Qatar, Serbia, Singapore, South Korea, and of course the United States.

Although the United States has not yet reopened its borders to EU travelers, transatlantic traffic has nonetheless recovered to almost 50% of pre-pandemic levels.

The dramatic increase in the number of cases in the United States in recent weeks – the country is seeing an average of over 100,000 new daily infections as of August 9 – is, of course, going in the wrong direction and likely to result in disappointment on both sides of the Atlantic.

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