Europe travel ban for Americans continues as US COVID-19 cases rise


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For the second time this month, the European Union on Thursday extended its travel ban for Americans due to COVID-19 infections continued to increase in the United States.

The EU has started lift their travel restrictions outside the OR on July 1, welcoming visitors from 14 countries including Canada, South Korea and Australia. The United States was excluded from this initial list, and the EU extended ban to Americans visit the block on July 16.

The announcement, by the European Council, came after EU officials conducted their bi-weekly review of travel restrictions, examining coronavirus trends and containment measures in each country to determine whether to add or reduce the list of authorized travelers.

The key measure: the pandemic epidemic in a given country must be contained in the same way – or better – than in the EU.

The United States had more than 4.4 million cases of COVID-19 from Thursday, and more than 151,000 deaths, more than any other nation, according to Johns Hopkins University.

European countries have made much 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 over 1.7 million cases from Thursday.

Three US states – California, Florida and New York – have more than 400,000 cases, while a fourth, Texas, has almost 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 dozen or so countries where citizens are allowed to visit the EU. The list has not changed for two weeks, when Montenegro and Serbia were removed:

  • Australia
  • Canada
  • Georgia
  • Japan
  • Morocco
  • New Zealand
  • Rwanda
  • South Korea
  • Thailand
  • Tunisia
  • Uruguay
  • China, subject to confirmation of reciprocity

Thursday’s decree does not apply to travel to Britain, which left the EU in January.

The US State Department advised Americans against international travel since march.

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