US dropped from EU list of Covid-safe countries for travel

Web DeskWeb Editor

31st Aug, 2021. 06:53 pm

European Union governments have approved to eliminate the United States from the EU’s safe travel list.

 This means U.S visitors and those from five other countries are likely to face constricted controls, such as Covid-19 tests and quarantines.

 Israel, Kosovo, Lebanon, Montenegro, and North Macedonia have also been taken off the safe travel list.

The list seeks to unify travel rules across the alliance, though it does not bind separate EU nations, which are free to regulate their own border procedures.

Whereas EU countries, such as Germany and Belgium have categorized the U.S as red, demanding tests and quarantines, while for neighbors France and the Netherlands, the United States is categorized as safe.

The list is accumulated on the basis of the Covid-19 condition in each country, with interchange also a factor.

On the contrary, the daily count of US Covid-19 cases has increased to more than 450 per million people in the week to Aug 28, which in comparison with mid-June was below 40 when the European Union added the United States to its list.

Coronavirus positive case rates for Israel, Kosovo, and Montenegro are even higher, the data shows.

The EU has now listed 17 countries in their safe list, including Canada, Japan, and New Zealand.

The bloc still lets in most non-EU visitors who are fully inoculated.

Although the tests and periods of quarantine can apply, conditionally on the EU country of the entrance.



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