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EU may ban tourists from US   Europe

Started Jun-24 by Gimmie Chocolate Shorty (TOILETHEA1); 66 views.

E.U. may block travelers from America as U.S. struggles to contain coronavirus

"The E.U. average new cases for 14 days per 100 000 people is 16. For the U.S. it is 107," one diplomat said.

The European Union could block incoming travelers from the United States even after it partially reopens its borders because the number of coronavirus cases in the U.S. is still too high, two E.U. diplomats said Wednesday.

The E.U. has drawn up a draft list of countries whose citizens would be allowed to enter the bloc after June 30 as the continent attempts to reopen amid the pandemic.

But according to the most recent working document circulated at a meeting of E.U. ambassadors on Wednesday, the U.S. is not among the countries whose citizens would be allowed in, the diplomats said.

"It's very fluid. There was a list last night. This morning a new one was circulated," one diplomat said, speaking on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk publicly about the deliberations.

Wednesday's meeting was briefed that the number of U.S. cases in the past 14 days was 107 per 100,000 people, compared with just 16 per 100,000 people across the E.U., the diplomat said.

Asked if the U.S. was included on the second draft list of countries, they added, "With 107 new cases per 100,000 people, what do you think?" Another also confirmed the U.S. was excluded in the most current version of the list.

The New York Times first reported Tuesday that a draft E.U. list would exclude U.S. travelers from being able to enter the continent

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European Union bars travelers from U.S. citing coronavirus concerns

The move is a sign of how the U.S. is seen by Europe and elsewhere as a global coronavirus hotbed.

LONDON ?— Most travelers from the United States will be barred from entering the European Union after it reopens its borders Wednesday because the coronavirus is still far too prevalent in the U.S., European officials announced Tuesday.

The E.U.'s 27 members have been drawing up a list of countries whose virus levels are deemed low enough to allow people from those places to travel into the bloc, which has been mostly sealed off since March.

That list of safe countries was officially unveiled by European officials on Tuesday. The U.S. — which has the most coronavirus cases and deaths in the world — was not on it.

The 15 countries that did make the list are: Algeria, Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Montenegro, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, Serbia, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia and Uruguay.