Aug. 30 (UPI) — The European Union is expected to reinstate travel restrictions on U.S. residents, possibly as soon as Monday, due to rising COVID-19 cases nationwide, according to news reports.
Some countries in the bloc were upset when Britain and the EU permitted entry for fully vaccinated Americans in June, but the United States maintained restrictions on travelers from both areas.
The EU “safe” travel list has been generally accepted by its 27 members, but it’s not binding — meaning some may decide to keep permitting U.S. tourists for economic reasons.
Vaccinated travelers from countries on the safe travel list can enter the EU without quarantining, or if they show a recent negative coronavirus test. Those not on the list are subjected to quarantines and additional testing.
The EU is also considering removing Israel, Kosovo, Lebanon, Montenegro and North Macedonia from the safe travel list, the reports said.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, President Joe Biden’s chief medical adviser, said the U.S. coronavirus surge has been “both entirely predictable, but entirely preventable.”
“And you know we know we have the wherewithal with vaccines to turn this around,” Fauci said, according to CNN. “We could turn this around and we could do it efficiently and quickly if we just get those people vaccinated.”