EU Discussing Today the Reintroduction of Travel Ban on Americans
August 26, 2021
During a meeting scheduled to be held today between the EU ambassadors, the Slovenian representatives are set to propose the reintroduction of the entry ban on American travelers, due to a surge in the number of COVID-19 cases in this country in recent weeks.
The US has marked a number of 507 new positive cases with COVID-19 per 100,000 people during the last 14 days, the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) data indicates, which means that now its infection rates are beyond the rates one country should stay under in order for its citizens to be eligible to enter the EU for non-essential purposes.
Following this turn of events, the country is automatically considered a high-risk area, like all other countries with infection rates of between 480 to 959 positive cases for 100,000 inhabitants during 14 days, as SchengenVisaInfo.com reports.
According to ECDC data, the continent of America has reported 80,477,464 positive cases for the 14 days week notice, with the United States experiencing the highest number of infections – 36,681,559, Brazil (20,364,099), Argentina (5,088,271), Colombia (4,870,922) and Mexico (3,108,438).
The US also accounts for the largest number of deaths in the American continent, reporting 621,636 deaths since August 15, followed by Brazil (569,058), Mexico (248,652), Peru (197,487) and Colombia (123,580).
The EU ended its travel ban for non-essential reasons imposed on several third countries such as Albania, Lebanon, North Macedonia, Serbia, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau, including here the United States. Since June, fully vaccinated American travelers have been exempted from testing and quarantine requirements when entering the majority of European countries.
The decision of lifting entry restrictions for Americans followed Ursula von der Leyen’s statements, who is the head of the EU Commission, that Americans should be able to travel to Europe since they are being vaccinated with the same authorized manufacturer shots as Europeans are.
“The Americans, as far as I can see, use European Medicines Agency-approved vaccines. This will enable free movement and travel to the European Union,” Von der Leyen said back in April.
While EU officials and companies urge the US to ease travel rules, the same has kept a strict travel ban on Europeans for more than 500 days now, despite many European countries having a lower infection rate than the US currently does. For the most recent 14-day period, the representatives for the European countries have reported 61,095,909 positive cases with the virus, almost 20 million less than the US.
The World Health Organization data updated in the last 24 hours reveals that 1,146 people have died in the US due to Coronavirus implications and 227,282 people tested positive for the virus. The country, which counts more than 328 million inhabitants, has suffered 625,046 deaths since the pandemic started, and 37,816,239 people were infected with the virus.