Although Americans are allowed to visit most European countries, the US government still imposes travel bans on citizens of 26 countries. The first travel ban imposed on European countries was announced in March 2020, when former President of the United States, Donald Trump, introduced the initial thirty-day ban.
Since March 2020, there have been few attempts by the US government to ease entry restrictions into European countries, starting with countries with low rates of coronavirus.
“We’ll make certain announcements about other countries, including Europe, as we move forward. And where they’re making progress, we’ll start to open it up. But only where they’re making progress. They’re making good progress. I think we’re making very good progress,” Trump said. .
However, American travelers were welcomed into Croatia until last year, despite other European Union countries banning American tourists. According to an official notice, all other foreign nationals, including US citizens, have been allowed to enter Croatia for business, tourism or other personal reasons if they provide the appropriate proof, TheSchengen.com reports.
Moreover, Croatia once again announced that it is ready to receive American travelers in May, and has since kept its borders open to them.
“It is our duty to provide all the basic requirements for a safe and comfortable trip, as well as the expected planning of a vacation. In this sense, Croatia is among the first, if not the first, European destinations to actually apply broader criteria for tourist visits, the same criteria that should soon be applied in European Union”, said Tourism Minister Nicolas Brniak.
Since March, Iceland has also opened its borders to vaccinated Americans, becoming the first country to allow vaccinated travelers into the country.
In June, Denmark followed suit, allowing fully vaccinated American travelers despite not being advised by the European Union Commission. The Netherlands, Portugal and Frankfurt have also started transatlantic flights with the United States.
Besides Germany, Italy has eased its restrictions on American travelers by only letting them in if they use a ‘COVID-tested’ flight to get there. Now, travelers are only required to provide proof of vaccination, proof of recovery or a negative COVID-19 test result upon arrival.
On the other hand, the Spanish government has allowed vaccinated Americans to visit their country, including unvaccinated travelers, without submitting to entry requirements.
The case was not the same with the United States. Although the country has indicated several times that it plans to remove the entry ban for Europeans, such a thing has not happened yet, and so far, Europeans have been banned from traveling to the US for 525 days so far.
The last time the US announced it was planning to remove the travel ban on Europeans was in July when President Joe Biden commented during a press conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
“It’s in the process of (looking at) how quickly we can lift the ban… and I’ll be able to answer that question for you in the next few days,” Biden said.
However, a week later, sources from the White House revealed that the US government did not intend to lift the restrictions due to the high infection rate of the Delta coronavirus detected in the European Union.
In the wake of these circumstances, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, who previously urged the EU to lift entry restrictions for Europeans, called on the United States to rescind its travel ban, saying that this situation should not last for weeks.
Previously, EU representatives had asked the US to lift entry restrictions for business travelers, noting that 60 percent of investments in the US come from them and that this barrier does serious damage to their business. Moreover, the EU’s top diplomat in Washington, Stravos Lampriddenis, called this approach a mistake and criticized the United States for preventing European business managers from overseeing their investments.
The Airline Passenger Experience Association (APEX) urged President Biden to end the travel ban through a letter signed by CEO, Dr. The letter also noted that this ban is not based on scientific evidence, and that it keeps families divided at a time when they most need to be united.
World Health Organization data revealed that 620 deaths were reported in the United States during the past 24 hours, while 14,652 people tested positive for the Corona virus. Since the pandemic hit, the United States has reported 614,267 deaths related to COVID-19, and 36,099,344 people have been infected with the virus.
On the other hand, as of August 18, data from the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control shows that 3,5381,520 positive cases and 746,566 deaths have been reported across the European continent.