EU Removes US From Covid Safe List For Non-essential Travel
Brussels, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 30th Aug, 2021 ) :The European Union on Monday recommended that its member states reimpose travel restrictions on US tourists over rising covid infections in the country.
The European Council, which represents the bloc's 27 governments, said it was taking six territories off its list of locations exempted from restrictions on non-essential travel during the coronavirus pandemic.
But most EU members have followed Brussels' travel advice during the crisis so far.
"This is without prejudice to the possibility for member states to lift the temporary restriction on non-essential travel to the EU for fully vaccinated travellers," the statement said.
Non-essential travel into the bloc from outside the EU and eight associated countries -- Iceland, Lichtenstein, Norway, Switzerland, Andorra, Monaco, San Marino and the Vatican -- has been restricted.
That decision came as the US was making major strides with its vaccination programme.
Case numbers in the country have since surged as the more infectious delta variant has spread and large swathes of the population have refused to get vaccinated.
"The European Union's recommendations are a step backwards, and clearly disappointing to the U.S. airline industry which has worked diligently to safely resume transatlantic service," lobby group Airlines for America said.
"As the EU has reopened, Americans have been eager to buy tickets, pack their bags and reunite with loved ones who they have not seen in nearly two years."