Europe Travel Restrictions for Americans
Americans traveling to the European Union will soon face additional restrictions as the United States will be removed from the “safe travel” list. The European Union on Friday moved to reinstate Covid-19 travel restrictions like quarantine and testing requirements for unvaccinated citizens of the United States and five other countries. The non-binding list currently has 23 countries on it, but some of the 27 EU countries already have their own limits on US travelers in place.
The update to the travel restrictions would also apply to several other countries such as Kosovo, Israel, Montenegro, Lebanon and North Macedonia, which will also be removed from the safe travel list.
The discussion of whether to reimpose Covid restrictions on Americans was recommended by Slovenia, according to Bloomberg, and comes as cases in the US continue to rise. The changes should be approved right away and would go into effect on Monday. A delay would happen if any EU country objects.
The European Union’s safe list includes countries where the number of Covid-19 cases per 100,000 inhabitants over the last 14 days must not be above the limit of 75. Citizens of “safe” countries can visit the European Union for non-essential travel. According to the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, the US had 507 new cases per 100,000 inhabitants in the first two weeks of August.