Coronavirus

Europe won't allow US travelers after coronavirus break

The European Union moved closer to recommending that travelers from the United States shouldn’t be allowed to enter Europe even after 1 July.

Europe won't allow US travelers after coronavirus break
STEPHANE MAHE REUTERS

The United States has become the epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic and since they started reopening the economy in May, there has been a spike in confirmed cases with several states recording daily records of confirmed cases. The European Union wants to keep the U.S travel ban even after 1 July due to their failure to fully control the outbreak.

The European Union restricted nonessential travel to most of its member states under rules in effect until at least June 30. But starting July 1, European countries are loosening some of those measures and allowing travel again from more than a dozen countries, including China, that meet certain criteria.

The United States continues to count record-high numbers of new coronavirus cases and because of that they do not make the cut and that is why the EU wants to extend the travel ban which is set to end on 1 July. While the United States has failed to control the virus, Europe has become a model amid the pandemic as their number of cases have declined and remained low.

Europe’s ‘vengeance’ on Trump’s original decision

Back on 11 March, when Europe was the epicenter of the Covid-19 pandemic, the United States President Donald Trump announced a travel ban on anyone arriving from the 26 countries of the European Union. This ban was expanded a few days later to include the United Kingdom.

When Trump made this decision he argued that it was to protect Americans from the virus that was spiking in countries like Spain and Italy. This decision also caused confusion about who could and couldn’t return to the U.S., leading to chaos at the airports.