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Europe Closed to Americans?
News Bytes 06/25/2020 17 Comments

Europe will reopen its borders next week. But depending on the status of the coronavirus pandemic and a U.S. ban on some visitors, Americans may not be welcome.

European nations closed their borders in March. They seem on track to reopen borders between each other by July 1. Now officials in Brussels are debating what rules should apply when lifting restrictions for the outside world.

The European Commission says “travel restrictions should not be lifted [in] countries where the situation is worse” than the average of the 27 European Union (EU) member countries plus Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, and Switzerland.

That measure will probably rule out the United States. According to figures from Johns Hopkins University, new coronavirus infections in the country continue to rise. In some areas, the increase is enough to be called a “surge.”

Outbreaks in Brazil, India, and Russia are high too. It’s unlikely that the EU will let their citizens in either.

In contrast, aside from a new outbreak tied to a slaughterhouse in Germany, the virus’s spread has slowed across the EU.

For the EU, key standards for opening up to the outside world will include the number of new infections per 100,000 people and a country’s overall response to the pandemic in terms of testing, surveillance, treatment, contact tracing, and reporting cases. Officials hope to revise the list of allowed countries every two weeks.

But more than health measures, any country is first expected to lift its own travel restrictions for people from all EU and Schengen nations. (The Schengen is an area made up of 26 European countries that have no border controls between them.)

More than 10 million Europeans visit the United States each year. But in a decree on March 11, President Donald Trump suspended the entry of all people in the Schengen area.

“The potential for undetected transmission of the virus by infected individuals seeking to enter the United States from the Schengen Area threatens the security of our transportation system and infrastructure and the national security,” President Trump’s proclamation said.

Most experts believe that until the EU-U.S. visitation issue gets resolved, travel between Europe and the United States will remain paused.

(People cross the border between France and Spain at Behobie, southwestern France, on June 21, 2020. AP Photo/Bob Edme)

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1st Comment

I think that they are just trying to be safe. Eventually, everything will calm down and open back up entirely.

I agree Riley, their just

I agree Riley, their just being safe. I hope everything will go back to normal soon.

Whew. When the headline read

Whew. When the headline read "Europe Closed to Americans?" I freaked out a little because I want to travel the world, and some of my top destinations are places in Europe. But sounds like this is a temporary measure. I'm glad Europe is being careful.

This is Mylee

Yah they are just being safe. I am glad that the borders are opening up soon . My older cousin lives in England and she and her husband are in total lock down. They can only go to the store and walk there dog. In a tiny apartment. And Lena p. That is cool how you want to travel the world! Europe would be fun to go to lol.

This is Mylee

P.s. we got our world teen magazine yesterday day what about y’all ?

This is London

I soooooo want to visit London lol and Europe. I do want to see more places but when u have 6 siblings it’s a little hard we can go about 5 hrs a day in a car trip. But no more fr.

@ Everyone

we've been to london, spain, italy ( we lived there two years at one point ), turkey ( but that's not in europe :) ) did u guys notice the last 2 articles have been set in europe? LOL!

@ mylee s

we got ours 2 day ago, i think

u guys know how on the world

u guys know how on the world watch news how it says something about like " news in 3 is a preview of WORLD watch, coming in august " isn't that the same thing ? i guess i just do not understand

@ Everyone

from me

This is Mylee

Me too lol .

@ Mylee

I just got mine

This is Mylee

Cool

@ Mylee S.

I got mine the other day.

Not really

This is what the UN says, England is not part of the UN, so they probobly will have open borders to US Citizens. Correct me if Im wrong.

Wall

This reminds me of the Trump Wall.

@Mylee

I got my May/June one at the beginning of May, but I have not gotten my July/August one yet.

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