Europe Reopening Could Exclude Americans
The coronavirus pandemic has wreaked havoc on travel around the world. But some countries who are past the peak of the pandemic are now reopening their borders. Countries in the European Union have already opened borders for travel within the union and a few other European countries.
But on July 1, borders will open up to more countries around the world. The details of which countries’ citizens will be allowed to visit Europe starting from July, has not been finalized yet. But there is bad news for American looking to visit Europe.
Americans Could be Barred
The New York Times reports that current proposals could block Americans from entering because the United States has failed to control the pandemic.
Draft lists of acceptable travelers seen by The New York Times would group Americans with Russians, Brazilians and others, and bar them from entering the EU for now. The United States has 2.3 million cases so far over 120,000 deaths. The pandemic has been under control more recently, but the reopening has brought spikes in new cases and hospitalizations in some states.
The drafts from the European Union are drawn up based on a benchmark of the E.U. average number of new infections. That is currently at 16 per 100,000 people, over the last 14 days. By comparison, the United States is at 107, Brazil’s at 190 and Russia’s has 80 infections per 100,000 people, over the last 14 days.
A ban on Americans from Europe would most likely see some reciprocal action taken by the United States. That has been a warning that has been repeated several times.
Back in March, Europe was the epicenter of the pandemic. Most citizens from European Union countries were banned from traveling to the United States. Then in May and early June, President Trump said that Europe was making progress. He hinted that restrictions could be soon eased. But since then, no further steps have been taken towards resuming travel between the continents.
And if Americans are not allowed to travel to Europe, most likely the same will be true for Europeans travelling to the United States.