European Union extends ban on US travelers as borders reopen

Henrietta Strickland
July 1, 2020

The countries include Australia, Canada, Japan, Morocco and South Korea.

The EU says that China could also be added to this list but only if Beijing reciprocates by permitting entry to EU nationals.

Kenya is among countries whose citizens will not be allowed to enter European Union countries as the block prepares to reopen its external border on Wednesday.

Travelers in countries that did not make the list can still enter if they fall under the following exemptions: EU citizens or family members of an EU citizen; long-term EU residents or family members; those with an "essential function or need", such as diplomats, healthcare workers or certain agricultural workers.

"In eight of nine surveyed countries, the share of respondents who have adopted a more negative view of China in the past year has increased by a factor of two and a factor of 10", the report states.

The decree, which will be reassessed every two weeks, signals that the ban disrupting both business and leisure travel across the Atlantic won't be lifted until USA authorities control the spread of the deadly virus.

The US, Brazil and Russian Federation - countries where the coronavirus is still spreading - will most likely remain excluded for the time being.

The United States is now the country most affected by COVID-19 with more than 125,000 deaths - while Europe believes it has passed the peak of its outbreak. However, today, June 29, a meeting was held in Brussels, at which they chose to revise the list and reduced it to 15 countries.

Neither. According to the European Commission, UK nationals are still to be treated in the same way as EU citizens until the end of the Brexit transition period (31.12.2020).

However, the health-based criteria has collided with geopolitics, with some countries reluctant to collectively ban the United States while welcoming visitors from China, where the pandemic began. They pushed to have a short list of countries with low infection rates, a good health service and reliable health data.

The decision has been the result of long and hard negotiations between European Union countries with varied approaches to travel restrictions.

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