Most US travelers will be barred from entering the European Union from tomorrow, July 1, when it reopens. This policy is due to the fact that his pandemic COVID-19 is still very common in the US, European officials said. The 27 EU members have compiled a list of countries where the virus is thought to be at a fairly low level and will therefore allow their descendants to travel to the bloc, which has been closed for the most part since March. The list of "safest" countries was officially presented by European officials on Tuesday. The US has the most outbreaks but most deaths from COVID-19 so far are not included.
The 15 countries on the list are as follows:
- New Zealand
- South Korea
It is also expected to be added to the list China, provided that it in turn will allow travelers from the EU to enter their country.
Both the EU and the US had cases of the virus in late March and early April. But while strict measures lockdown have shown that these numbers are declining across Europe, in the US there have been, recently, recent outbreaks in states such as Florida and Texas, while the President, Donald Tramp, encouraged society to reopen and return to "normalcy." More than 125.000 people in the United States have died from COVID-19 since the pandemic broke out.
In March, when Europe was at the center of the global pandemic, Trump announced travel restrictions. However, the EU clarified that this list is not a kind of political vengeance and retaliation against Trump, but is based on epidemiological criteria. According to a European report released last week, there were 107 cases per 100.000 people in the United States in the past 14 days, with an average of 16 cases per 100.000 across the EU. For any country not included in the list, the restrictions imposed on unnecessary travel in March remain in force. Those restrictions do not apply to EU citizens living abroad, to healthcare workers, to persons involved in industry freight forwarding, for diplomats and military staff as well as for people traveling for serious family reasons.