US dropped from EU’s coronavirus safe travel list

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The EU on Monday removed the U.S. from its accredited coronavirus travel record following a evaluation of restrictions.

The transfer means unvaccinated U.S. travelers might as soon as extra face restrictions on nonessential trips to Europe — just months after the U.S. was added to the protected travel record.

Instances and hospitalizations have increased sharply in the U.S. in current weeks. Nations on the EU’s record need to have 75 or fewer infections per 100,000 individuals over the earlier 14 days; the U.S. is far above that.

The Council of the EU also decided to take away Israel, Kosovo, Lebanon, Montenegro and North Macedonia from the listing. EU member nations aren’t obliged to comply with the Council’s suggestion, however most do.

The EU final yr restricted nonessential travel from non-EU nations in a bid to stop coronavirus imports; the nonbinding journey listing catalogs the nations which the Council considers protected enough for travel. That evaluation occurs on the idea of countries’ health state of affairs, strategy to the pandemic, and whether or not the EU’s opening is reciprocated.

That hasn’t occurred with the U.S., which continues to limit entry for EU citizens.

The Biden administration’s refusal to carry journey restrictions has created frustration within the bloc. Earlier this month, European Fee President Ursula von der Leyen called on the U.S. to carry its journey ban, arguing the epidemiological situations within the U.S. and the EU have been “very comparable.”

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