EU May Bar U.S. Travelers As It Reopens Borders, Citing Virus Failures
Although European Union countries may be “rushing to revive their economies and reopen their borders after months of coronavirus restrictions,” the New York Times reports that they may “block Americans from entering because the United States has failed to control the scourge.”
- Currently, European nations are considering two lists of acceptable visitors, both of which “include China, as well as developing nations like Uganda, Cuba and Vietnam.”
- “Countries on the E.U. draft lists have been selected as safe based on a combination of epidemiological criteria,” such as the average number of new infections over the past 14 days per 100,000 people.
- While the E.U. average for this is 16, it is 107 for the U.S..
- The possibility of the U.S. being excluded from this list is “a stinging blow to American prestige in the world and a repudiation of President Trump’s handling of the virus in the United States, which has more than 2.3 million cases and upward of 120,000 deaths, more than any other country.”
However, “prohibiting American travelers from entering the European Union would have significant economic, cultural and geopolitical ramifications.”
- For example, Europe would not be able to gain from the millions of American tourists that typically visit every summer.
- Additionally, there is a risk of losing a close ally, as it could create a rift between the E.U. and the U.S.
Once this list is finalized, “the E.U. can’t force members to adopt it, but European officials warn that failure of any of the 27 members to stick to it could lead to the reintroduction of borders within the bloc.”