Tuesday 11 August, 2020

The list of countries banning American travellers is growing

The countries (listed below) have almost completely banned American travellers from crossing their borders. (iStock photo)

The countries (listed below) have almost completely banned American travellers from crossing their borders. (iStock photo)

There’s bad news for some American travellers unfortunately as 31 European countries have banned US citizens from crossing their borders. This is in addition to Canada, China, Japan, as well as Australia and New Zealand, who have both closed borders to all foreign visitors.

The ongoing restriction of US travellers from the EU, according to Travel Noire is based on three major criteria: whether the trend of new cases is stable or decreasing; what the county’s overall response to COVID-19 has been; and whether the number of new COVID-19 cases over the last 14 days and per 100,000 inhabitants is close to or below the EU average.

The ban may seem harsh and is certainly a blow to US citizens, but the United States currently has more than 3.9 million confirmed cases and more than 143,000 deaths – more than any other country in the world.

Here is the list of 31 European Union (EU) member countries and Schengen associated countries where US citizens are currently banned from visiting:

Austria

Belgium

Bulgaria

Croatia

Republic of Cyprus

Czech Republic

Denmark

Estonia

Finland

France

Germany

Greece

Hungary

Iceland

Ireland

Italy

Latvia

Lichtenstein

Lithuania

Luxembourg

Malta

Netherlands

Norway

Poland

Portugal

Romania

Slovakia

Slovenia

Spain

Sweden

Switzerland

List aside, there’s a bit of a leeway here, US citizens are still able to visit the UK as long as they self-isolate for 14 days upon arrival, as the UK withdrew from the EU on January 31. Nine Caribbean nations, the United Arab Emirates, Maldives, Turkey, Cambodia, and a few countries in Africa are allowing American travellers within their borders.

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