Americans Barred from the European Union, Except for Ireland and the U.K.

The European Union on Tuesday confirmed earlier reports that Americans will be barred from entering its member nations when borders open up for travel on July 1.

The decision reportedly comes after rounds of negotiating between E.U. who weighed both COVID-19 risks with the impact that the ban would have on its tourism industries (seven million Americans traveled to Eureope between June and August last year according to U.S. government data). It includes all countries in the E.U. members aside from Ireland, which isn’t included in the E.U.’s Schengen zone. It also does not include the U.K. 

Under the plan, citizens from the United States will continue to be banned from entering E.U. countries because of COVID-19 infection rates. Citizens from Canada, New Zealand, Australia, South Korea, and more, will be allowed to enter and travel freely within Europe.

There is no timetable as to when U.S. citizens could be allowed into the E.U. nations. The plan, at the moment, is for the E.U. member states to review the list biweekly to determine if changes should be made.

Also, keep in mind that the U.S. Department of State, Global Level 4 Health Advisory – Do Not Travel is still in effect.  

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