With Borders Reopening, the European Union Will Likely Bar American Visitors

Yes, it's due to our increasing coronavirus numbers

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Coronavirus info at Madrid-Barajas Adolfo Suárez Airport.
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By Kirk Miller / June 24, 2020 11:48 am

Your European vacation is most likely coming in 2021.

As the European Union slowly reopens to visitors (starting on July 1), officials are determining exactly who can visit. According to drafts of different measures seen by reporters at The New York Times, Americans may not be on the approved list due to our increasing coronavirus numbers. Right now, the U.S. has more than 2.3 million cases and around 120,000 deaths, more than any other country.

Based off of two potential lists, Europe will allow visitors from China and even developing nations like Uganda, Cuba and Vietnam, but not the U.S., Russia or Brazil. However, the upcoming list will be revised every two weeks based on world conditions.

As the Times notes:

President Trump, as well as his Russian and Brazilian counterparts, Vladimir V. Putin and Jair Bolsonaro, has followed what critics call a comparable path in their pandemic response that leaves all three countries in a similarly bad spot: they were dismissive at the outset of the crisis, slow to respond to scientific advice and saw a boom of domestic cases as other parts of the world, notably in Europe and Asia, were slowly managing to get their outbreaks under control.

In March, the Trump Administration had banned visitors from most of Europe due to the high numbers of COVID-19 cases.

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