Like much of the world, the European Union has also seen a drastic downturn in its economy during the COVID-19 pandemic. This has caused many lawmakers to urge the EU to open back up for business. However, many others have shown opposition to the opening of the EU to foreign tourists, especially those from the United States. Much of this is due to the failure of the Trump administration to contain the virus. This has made any guidelines and restrictions vague at best, thus keeping many travelers in limbo. Today, EU officials have stated that they are working on a plan that is both based on scientific and nonpolitical reasoning. However, it is unlikely that the United States will be included in the list of allowed nations unless drastic progress is made.
EU Opening & Reviews
The EU has since July 1st announced that they would begin to open up their borders to a variety of nations, including China, but only if they allow EU members as well. One country missing from this list is the United States due to the overwhelming amount of cases being found. EU officials have stated that they will be reviewing that list each week to determine if the country can be opened to Americans. However, with the numbers rising every day in America, that is becoming less and less likely.
Which Americans are Allowed into the EU?
Although there is a current ban on U.S citizens, not all Americans are ban from entering the country. The EU has created a list of exceptions that Americans can read and figure out if they would be allowed. In terms of occupations, Americans who are deemed essential such as diplomats, special workers, or asylum seekers from other countries, could be allowed in. Other reasons that you may be let in can include a death in the family or someone in need of your care. The EU is not opened to those simply wanting to take a vacation for the summer.
What if You Don’t Fall Under These Categories?
If you do not fall under these guidelines but still need to get to Europe, you are allowed to visit both Ireland and Great Britain because they are under Europe’s free movement zone. However, even within these areas of Europe, you are still asked to quarantine for 14 days.