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EU Bars U.S. Travelers in Reopening Plan

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July 1, 2020 -- The European Union will open its borders to travelers from 15 nations starting July 1, but not to visitors from the United States, Russia, and Brazil.

Those three nations haven’t gotten the coronavirus under control, as measured by the EU’s standards. 

According to an EU news release, the nations that made the cut are Algeria, Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Montenegro, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, Serbia, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, and Uruguay. China will be allowed on the list if it reciprocates and allows EU citizens to enter its borders.

The United States banned most travelers from the European Union in March and has not dropped its restrictions. The New York Times reported that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the U.S. and the EU are working to find a compromise so travel could resume.

For a nation’s residents to be allowed into the EU, that nation must have a stable or decreasing trend of new cases in the last 14 days, according to the news release.

Those nations must also have a number of new COVID-19 cases over the last 14 days and per 100,000 inhabitants that was close to or below the EU average of June 15. 

Since March 16, the EU has banned most visitors other than “essential” travelers to its 27 member nations plus Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, and Switzerland. Those four nations are part of the Schengen open-borders area.

The U.S. has the most cases (2.6 million) and the most deaths (more than 126,000) of any nation in the world, with its numbers going up daily. Brazil and Russia have the second and third most cases in the world, according to Johns Hopkins University.

The EU’s list will be revised every two weeks as coronavirus case numbers are updated. The EU member nations will be responsible for enforcing the restrictions.

WebMD Health News Brief Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario, MD on July 01, 2020


European Council of the European Union. “Council agrees to start lifting travel restrictions for residents of some third countries”

New York Times. E.U. Formalizes Reopening, Barring Travelers From U.S.

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