American Air staff are among the empty ticket kiosks at Los Angeles International Airport in Los Angeles, California on Friday May 22, 2020.
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Travelers from a list of 15 nations will be able to join the European Union starting Wednesday, but the United States is not on the list.
Thirty countries in Europe (26 of which are EU members) closed their external borders in March to mitigate the spread of Covid-19. As the majority reopen their economies, they are also beginning to receive outside visitors, albeit at a much slower rate than before the pandemic.
European Union governments decided on Tuesday to open their external borders to Algeria, Tunisia, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Georgia, Japan, Montenegro, Morocco, Rwanda, Serbia, South Korea, Thailand and Uruguay. Chinese travelers will also be able to enter the EU, but only if China announces that it will also accept European visitors.
The decision was made based on the health situation of the countries of origin and will be reviewed every two weeks.
For each country on the list, the EU said the following criteria must be met: the number of new Covid-19 cases in the past 14 days and for every 100,000 inhabitants must be close to or below the EU average; there should be a steady or decreasing trend of new cases during this period compared to the previous 14 days; and the overall response to Covid-19 needed to be considered.
The recommendation was given to all EU member states and Schengen associated countries (Iceland, Lichtenstein, Norway and Switzerland).
However, it is not binding, which means that EU Member States can reopen its borders to any countries that want The European Commission, the executive arm of the EU, has insisted that external borders must be reopened in a coordinated way to avoid any chaos in travel, but ultimately It is a national decision.
In this context, European governments have been advised not to lift travel restrictions for countries not included in the list until it has been decided in a coordinated manner.
The United States currently has the highest number of coronavirus infections, nearly 2.6 million, in the world, according to Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Anne Schuchat, deputy chief director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said in an interview Monday that the virus is moving too fast in the United States, in what she described as a “very discouraging situation” “
In recent days, the United States has set records for new daily infections as cases increase mainly in the south and west of the country.
In March, President Donald Trump suspended travel from Europe to the United States. At the time, the EU criticized the decision for being taken “unilaterally and without consultation.”