After a summer of European adventures for American travelers, the EU is removing the United States from its “safe list” of countries whose citizens it recommends should be allowed to travel freely within the bloc of 27 nations. The United States has passed the level of 75 new COVID-19 cases per 100,000 population in the past 14 days that the EU deems acceptable for inclusion on the Safe People List.
Israel was also suppressed, Kosovo, Lebanon, Montenegro and North Macedonia. EU recommendations are not binding on individual member countries, which are free to set their own rules for welcoming international visitors.
“This is without prejudice to the possibility for member states to lift the temporary restriction on non-essential travel to the EU for fully vaccinated travelers,” he added. EU announcement noted.
The United States made the Safe People List in June, marking the first time since March 2020 that Americans have been able to travel to most countries in the bloc for pleasure travel. The US has not reciprocated, maintaining restrictions on visitors from the EU. vaccination warrants or other measures, Americans can get back on the safe people list.
As individual EU members can set their own rules, there will likely still be a complicated patchwork of protocols for traveling across Europe. Travelers should check the requirements of each destination they visit or pass through to ensure they are in compliance.