United States Removed from Safe Travels List
Today, the European Council has removed the United States from its Safe Travels list, a list that the US was only added to in June 2021. The safe travel list is an advisory list of countries with low COVID 19 infection rates which non-essential travelers can travel from to the European Union countries. Those removed today include the US, Israel, Kosovo, Lebanon, Montenegro, and North Macedonia.
As this list is advisory, the removal of the US has no current practical effect until each individual country in the EU implement travel restrictions. However, it is expected that most members of the EU will follow the recommendations. This means that once it’s implemented, Americans traveling to Europe for vacation, tourism, or other non-essential reasons will no longer be allowed to unless they fall under one of the exceptions. These exceptions include fully vaccinated non-essential travelers and essential travelers. Essential travelers include EU nationals, longer term EU residents and their family members; health care workers; highly qualified workers on urgent assignments; and others. According to EU guidance, these travelers will be allowed to enter some EU member states (each country has different rules about travel requirements) even if they reside in one of the non-safe travel list counties.
Currently the United States’ travel ban on the European Union countries has not been lifted yet. For more information on the US’ EU travel ban, please click here.
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