Delegates from 27 European Union (EU) countries this Wednesday (16) approved in Brussels to allow the entry of tourists from the United States and five other countries in the European bloc.
Diplomatic sources told France Press and Reuters news agencies that the ambassadors’ agreement has not yet been formally endorsed by the Council of Europe, the body representing member states, but that it will come into force “in the next few days”. Will go
The measure applies to non-essential travel and, according to France Press, This also applies to citizens who have not been fully vaccinated against COVID-19..
citizens of other than the United States Taiwan, Serbia, North Macedonia, Albania and Lebanon. Macau and Hong Kong, the administrative regions of China, will be included upon reciprocity.
However, the judgment provides that Tourists may be subjected to additional measures such as laboratory testing or quarantine, while landing on European soil.
The list does not include any country in Latin America.. Currently, only eight countries have no restrictions: Australia, South Korea, Israel, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, Singapore and Thailand.
With summer in the Northern Hemisphere and the tourist season in Europe, the bloc’s countries are mobilizing to allow the return of at least a portion of foreign tourists as part of an effort to stimulate economic recovery.
People disembark at the airport in Barcelona, Spain on June 7, 2021. EU countries are taking steps to boost foreign tourist arrivals ahead of the European summer. – Photo: Emilio Morenatti / AP
With the pandemic, the European Union closed its external borders to non-essential travel in March 2020, but maintains a list of countries whose citizens can enter as tourists.
To join the list, A country may have registered less than 75 new cases of COVID-19 for every 100,000 residents in the past 14 days. According to the European Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the US rate is currently 73.9.
For example, in Brazil there were 427 new infections per 100,000 residents in the past two weeks (nearly five times more than allowed)., according to data from “Our World in Data”, a project involving the University of Oxford. world average 70. is (Slightly less than the EU requirement).
to free the movement of Europeans within the bloc, The European Union also initiated the implementation of a health passport., which certifies that the carrier has been fully vaccinated, tested negative, or has already had COVID-19.