The European Union (EU) on Monday, August 30, removed the United States from the list of countries whose citizens were authorized to make non-essential travel without restrictions to the bloc’s territory during the coronavirus pandemic.
“Israel, Kosovo, Lebanon, Montenegro, the Republic of North Macedonia and the United States were removed from the list,” the EU Council said in a statement.
The move involves re-imposing restrictions on non-essential travel from those countries.
“Non-essential travel to the EU from countries or entities that are not listed [en el listado aprobado] they are subject to temporary restrictions, “the statement said.
However, this is an EU recommendation and European capitals will be able to allow a certain number of arrivals of fully vaccinated travelers, in a scenario of widespread concern about the increase in cases.
The EU pointed out this August 30 that “this list will continue to be reviewed periodically and, eventually, will be updated.”
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The EU had added the United States to that list of authorized countries on June 16.
With the arrival of the boreal summer and the beginning of the tourist season in Europe, several countries of the bloc pushed to open the door to American tourists, in an attempt to recover from the economic impact of the pandemic.
Currently, no country in Latin America appears on that list that authorizes non-essential travel. The last Latin American, Uruguay, was removed from the list in December 2020.
Just 17 countries are now on the list of countries allowed to take non-essential travel, in addition to China, in a decision that depends on reciprocity measures.