The European Union is prohibiting travel from the U.S., even as it welcomes tourists from a list of countries that includes Algeria, Rwanda, Serbia, and Uruguay. The E.U. opened its borders today for the first time since closing them March 17 in response to the coronavirus pandemic.
The approved countries had to meet certain criteria involving the number of new COVID-19 cases over the past 14 days and per capita, a stable or decreasing trend of new cases over the past 14 days, and the country’s overall pandemic response including testing, surveillance, contact tracing, containment measures, and treatment.
Unfortunately, those from the U.S. continue to be banned because the nation has failed to control the virus, and it is once again experiencing rapid spreading after a number of states relaxed their social distancing and lockdown rules. The country reported a record of 40,000 new cases on Friday alone. And Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, has warned that the U.S. is now on course to reach 100,000 new cases a day.
The U.S. leads the world with 2.68 million confirmed coronavirus cases as of Tuesday, according to Johns Hopkins University. Brazil is second with 1.37 million confirmed cases, followed by Russia with nearly 647,000 cases. Neither Brazil nor Russia is on the E.U.’s list. The United States is also number 1 in a grim tally, with nearly 130,000 deaths as of the end of June.
Here’s the list of countries whose citizens are welcome to travel to E.U. countries:
- New Zealand
- South Korea
- (Those from China are also tentatively welcome, as long as the nation agrees to allow E.U. travelers to visit it as well.)