It may be some time before Americans can look at the arrival signs at European airports when … [+] EU travel restrictions remain in the US as part of the alliance dpa / Photo of the rise of Covid via Getty Images Travel ban in Europe for Americans and most other foreigners is expected remain in place, while Algeria is removed from the EU’s safe travel list. As EU diplomats meet in Brussels to consider lifting – or re-imposing – travel restrictions on foreigners, Europe’s borders will likely remain closed to Americans and dozens of other countries around the world. . According to Reuters and Bloomberg, the bimonthly review of the closure of Europe’s external borders has not resulted in any other country being added to the safe list of tourists welcome to Europe. During the meeting, EU government officials called not to expand the “white list” of 12 countries and to withdraw Algeria. This brings to 11 the list of countries to which the borders of the Schengen zone are open. European diplomats informed journalists from several news organizations of the provisional decision, ahead of the official announcement scheduled for Thursday. The EU will recommend the decision to all governments, if it is “confirmed in writing by EU members,” Reuters reports. Euronews’ Brussels office also reported that Morocco could be removed from the list, but officials did not mention it to other media outlets. This is the second revision of the list since the bloc reopened to tourism. The timeline for the gradual reopening of borders and, in some cases, closure, has so far looked like this: On July 1, the EU opened its borders to visitors from 15 countries. (China was 15th on the basis of reciprocity, which was not). For the first time in almost four months, “non-essential” trips to Schengen countries have been possible. Then, on July 16, the European Commission updated its list of “safe countries” hosted in Europe. Not only did the list not grow, it shrank: to 13 countries. Serbia and Montenegro have been kicked out following the surge in Covid infections. Indeed, they have been added to the “red list” of countries still not welcome in Europe. Now the eliminated list of 11 countries will look like this if all members formally approve the decision: Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia and Uruguay. After that, members are free to do whatever they want from their borders. The EU only offers guidelines. However, most are sticking to the line, especially when it comes to keeping borders closed to Red List countries. Some have not opened their borders to the whole whitelist. China is still not included in the official tally, as the lifting of travel restrictions will not take place until it welcomes visitors from the EU. Europe faces second wave, infections among holidaymakers A man leaves the Corona test center at Cologne-Bonn airport. Free corona tests for returnees from … [+] risk zones have started at the airports of Düsseldorf, Cologne / Bonn and Dortmund. Next week they will be mandatory for all German holidaymakers and other EU residents arriving in Germany from high-risk areas. dpa / photo alliance via Getty Images The news comes as many EU countries battle a new spike in infections, leading to more internal border restrictions and quarantines. Several countries are stepping up Covid testing at airports and other border measures to tackle the threat of an increase in infections caused by returning vacationers. In France and Germany, these tests are mandatory for those who come from Covid hotspots. Epidemiological question: relative risk of Covid An empty beach in Algiers, the capital of Algeria. The Algerian government announced on July 26 a … [+] partial renewal of the lockdown measures for 15 days in 29 provinces to curb the spread of Covid-19. Algeria is experiencing a sharp increase in cases, at least three times the EU average infection rate per 100,000 population. Having similar or better Covid success is the benchmark for inclusion, or exclusion, from the EU Safe Country List NurPhoto via Getty Images The decision to add or remove a country from the list of countries with the green light for Europe goes to Covid data. The test is whether they have similar or better Covid infection trends than the EU. This is based on the number of new cases per 100,000 people in the past 14 days. When borders first reopened on July 1, the EU / UK average was 16. Today, in the midst of a resurgence, the average across the 30 EU / Schengen countries is about 20. This fell from 14.8 on July 22 according to the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control. ECDC data shows that the current range of countries in member countries starts at 1.8 in Estonia and climbs to 224 in Luxembourg (up from 183 on July 22). The average number of cases per 100,000 people in the United States is 284 as of July 27. In Algeria, this figure is 65, almost triple the EU average. Following the current update, the borders of Europe will remain closed to the rest of the world for at least two weeks. This is when the list is reviewed again, around mid-August. Not a lot of masks in Morocco. Moroccans gather at the Ouled Ziane bus station in Casablanca on July 26 … [+] to flee the city before travel restrictions to quell a new Covid outbreak come into force. AFP via Getty Images Related reading: Travel ban in Europe, here are 5 things Americans need to know Travel to Europe: EU borders remain closed to Americans and others – This is why tests at Covid airports- 19: United States in Europe, here’s what to expect United States: Trump Lifts ban on European and UK students – With visa you are welcome Travel to Europe: US is banned but here is 14 countries that can visit The health situation in the United States excludes America from being added to the list of … [+] countries for which its borders are open to tourism and other non-essential travel. And this situation can go on for a while. China News Service via Getty Images.
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