The United States is once again reporting cases more than ever. It led to restrictions on their foreign travel.
Europe is adopting stricter travel measures for Americans.
The European Union is dropping the United States from its safe list. It is advising its member states to think over nonessential US travel permits. Europe has 25 member countries.
Ban On Us Tourists In Europe Amid Rising In COVID 19 Cases
The travel destinations in Europe attracted a large number of US travelers early this year. But the rise in US cases is not affecting the crowds at prime travel destinations. They are not in favor of following the European Union’s advice. Italy, the Netherlands, and Sweden are also imposing a new set of rules.
The Netherlands is set to put in place its new rules from today. It has designated the United States as a “high-risk area”. Israel, Lebanon, Kosovo, Montenegro, and North Macedonia are also on the list.
The travelers from the “high-risk areas” will only be allowed entry if vaccinated. Quarantine of ten days is mandatory for them. And must have a negative Covid-19 report.
Sweden has also removed the United States from its approved list.
The tourism industry hit hard by the pandemic
The pandemic has hit tourism In all the countries. The industry started reviving earlier this year. But with the rising cases and the Delta variant in place, they are again in a situation to shut their doors to the travelers.
Sweden is ready to restrict all non-essential travel from the US, whether vaccinated or not.
The Swedish residents are exempted from the restrictions if they produce the Covid-19 negative report.
The Swedish authorities are yet to decide about allowing vaccinated arrivals from countries. The country said in a press release that the new rules will be implemented for all “non-essential” travelers.
Italy also has new rules in place for visitors from various countries, including the United States. Italy was the first country to open doors for travelers from the United States.
Italy, Sweden, and the Netherlands were the first few countries to impose stricter travel rules.
The Ministry of Health, on August 31st, stated that the visitors are required to show proof of a PCR or antigen Covid test done within 72 hours of travel. This is for all vaccinated and non vaccinated.
Those who have proof of recovery from Covid-19 or are not vaccinated, are required to quarantine for five days. And take a swab test, said Italy’s Ministry of Health.
Other European countries are yet to decide on the implementation of new rules. They have said it to be a decision for a “later date.” The delay in their decision is because of their dependency on Dollars gained from the US visitors. They are aiming for the reflux of their tourism industry and pandemic hit tourist economies.
The rise in cases in the United States is said to be an effect of the Delta variant.
The contagious Delta variant caused a high number of Covid cases in July and September.