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US Travel: EU travel restriction disappointing

US Travel: EU travel restriction disappointing
US Travel: EU travel restriction disappointing
Written by Harry Johnson

Travel is a crucial component of the global economy and will be necessary for a full recovery from the economic devastation of the pandemic.

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  • European Commission recommends travel restrictions for US travelers to EU.
  • Many EU countries experienced boost in inbound visitation this summer.
  • US Travel encourages the EU to remain open to vaccinated Americans.

US Travel Association Executive Vice President of Public Affairs and Policy Tori Emerson Barnes issued the following statement on news that the European Union recommends removing the United States from its list of countries for which travel restrictions should be lifted:

“This is a disappointing development following the boost in inbound visitation by vaccinated travelers that many E.U. countries experienced this summer. It’s a setback despite the uptake in vaccinations—the tool that’s highly effective against the variants—which are on the rise on both sides of the Atlantic.

“Travel is a crucial component of the global economy and will be necessary for a full recovery from the economic devastation of the pandemic. US Travel encourages the E.U. to remain open to vaccinated Americans, and likewise urge the United States to take immediate steps to begin welcoming vaccinated individuals and restoring our travel economy.”

European Union officials today recommended to suspend all non-essential travel from the United States as US new COVID-19 case numbers spiked.

Today’s announcement by the European Council amounts to a recommendation to the bloc’s 27 member states, which technically retain sovereignty over their own borders.

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Harry Johnson

Harry Johnson has been the assignment editor for eTurboNews for almost 20 years. He lives in Honolulu, Hawaii, and is originally from Europe. He enjoys writing and covering the news.

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2 Comments

  • Well, the US imposed the very same restriction (before the UE did) to European travelers since the beginning of last year, and it is still in place.
    Both sides are disappointing.

  • hmmm…I thought it was only a recommendation each country could manage as they see fit. Italy already mandates fully vaccinated, masks in all public spaces and negative covid tests. If the other countries adopted those guidelines, they would be both reasonable and help to assure everyones safety. This pronouncement could be turned into a positive for conscientious travelers and a message to those who refuse to consider the safety of others to stay home.