The Council of the European Union is scheduled to review the list of epidemiologically safe third countries, based on the list that advises member states to remove the entry ban imposed on residents of the countries of which they are part.
Various sources confirmed to Reuters and Bloomberg that the blocking is looking into the possibility of re-banning travelers from the United States, after they no longer meet the conditions for joining the list, after an increase in the number of COVID-19 cases detected in its territory.
The United States was added to the list on June 18, along with several other countries, including Albania and North Macedonia, after they met the requirement to have fewer than four percent positive tests out of all COVID-19 tests conducted in the previous seven. . days and a stable or decreasing trend of new cases during this period compared to the previous 14 days, among other conditions.
However, sources say the threshold to be included in the EU’s list of epidemiologically safe third countries after the country crossed the cap of 75 new COVID-19 cases per 100,000 population over the past 14 days.
In the past 24 hours alone, WHO data shows that the United States recorded 635,150 new cases of COVID-19.
The European Union recently widely criticized the US authorities for refusing to lift the travel ban on arrivals from Schengen area countries and Ireland, including European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen.
Just this week, TheSchengen.com reported that von der Leyen asked the United States to end the ban, claiming that the European Union and the United States are in the same conditions in terms of their COVID-19 situation, and as such, it does not make sense for the United States to continue to maintain The ban is in effect.
But White House sources revealed, Thursday, that the United States is working on a plan through which it becomes mandatory for incoming travelers to be vaccinated against the Corona virus in order to be eligible to enter the territory of the United States.
The same source claimed that the plan is in the early stages of development, and will include “a phased approach that will mean over time, with limited exceptions, that foreign nationals traveling to the United States (from all countries) need to be fully vaccinated.”
While the plan isn’t good news for travelers from countries like Canada and Australia, who can now travel to the US regardless of their vaccination status, it’s good news for travelers from the European Union because it means the majority of them will eventually be. Able to travel to the United States.