California travelers face a growing set of restrictions as foreign and domestic destinations begin to grapple with life after the pandemic.
When the European Union reopens its borders on Wednesday, that will not include travelers from the US And on Tuesday, New York State expanded the list of states from which travelers must quarantine to 16, including California.
Now, when you wake up on the other side of your next red-eye flight to LaGuardia, JFK or any other New York airport, you will be asked to be quarantined for 14 days. The same is true for 15 other states, compared to the top nine that the governors of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut imposed restrictions last week.
In addition to California, Georgia, Iowa, Idaho, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nevada, and Tennessee were added to the list, while Washington state was removed. Travelers from Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas and Utah were already required to be quarantined upon arrival in New York.
If you travel to New York from the following states, you must be quarantined for 14 days.
The states are: AL, AR, AZ, CA, FL, GA, IA, ID, LA, MS, NC, NV, SC, TN, TX, UT.
– Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) June 30, 2020
Any hope of a European vacation in the middle of the pandemic has also been crushed. There are 15 countries that will again be granted access to the EU starting on Wednesday: Algeria, Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Montenegro, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, Serbia, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay and China.
Notably missing from the list: the United States. Join the US In the list of countries that are not welcome: Brazil, Russia and India, the three countries that follow the US in cases of total coronavirus.
With 2.6 million confirmed cases, the US has more than those three countries combined. Its per capita case rate is the highest of any wealthy country (796 per 100,000 inhabitants), yet its death rate follows the United Kingdom, Spain and France, which were slated to open their borders on Wednesday. However, in all three EU states, their cases were flat or fell. Cases in the United States are emerging a second time and have exceeded their initial peak.
With summer here and vacations on the horizon, the coronavirus crisis has set in motion many plans. Yosemite National Park has postponed the opening of more camps after the increase in new cases across the state, while Disneyland canceled its reopening scheduled for July 17. For months, Hawaii has required all visitors to the islands to be quarantined for two weeks.
The result could be a loss of 150 million trips for American families this summer, according to a forecast by the American Automotive Association (AAA). A report released by the agency last week estimated that Americans would hit the road 15% less this summer, still 700 million trips from July 1 to September 30, the biggest hit to travel in the country since 2009 recession.