The European Union on Monday removed six territories, including the United States, from the list of countries exempt from restrictions on non-essential travel during the coronavirus pandemic.
“Israel, Kosovo, Lebanon, Montenegro, the Republic of Macedonia and the United States of America have been removed from the list,” said a European Council statement.
The Council’s recommendation, which represents member governments, does not bind national capitals, which can choose to allow fully vaccinated US travelers despite concerns about the rising number of Covid cases in the country.
But so far, most EU members have followed Brussels’ travel advice during the crisis.
Non-essential travel to the bloc from outside the EU’s 27 member states and eight associated countries – Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland, Andorra, Monaco, San Marino and the Vatican – are restricted.
However, some countries and territories are exempt from this list, but their numbers have dwindled in recent months and now includes just 17 members, plus China if Beijing answers.
“This list will be regularly reviewed and, as appropriate, updated,” the statement said.
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