European Union excludes United States from 'safe' travel list of countries

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European Union governments extended a travel ban for usa residents, deeming the American response to the coronavirus pandemic insufficient to allow its citizens to enter the bloc for non-essential reasons.

The list will act as a recommendation to European Union members, meaning they will nearly certainly not allow access to travelers from other countries, but could potentially set restrictions on those entering from the 14 chosen nations.

More than 15 million Americans are estimated to travel to Europe each year but cases continue to rise in the world's worst-affected country, with more than 126,00 deaths from Covid-19 although the figure is nearly certainly higher.

The other 12 nations are Algeria, Australia, Canada, Georgia, Montenegro, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, Serbia, Thailand, Tunisia, and Uruguay.

Kenyans will not be allowed to visit any of the 31 European Union (EU) member countries after they reopen their borders on July 1st. The list of countries will be reviewed every two weeks.

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The EU says that China could also be added to this list but only if Beijing reciprocates by permitting entry to EU nationals.

The EU put in place a temporary restriction of non-essential travel to the bloc on March 17, initially for a period of 30 days but extended on several occasions.

The U.S. has the world´s worst coronavirus outbreak, with almost 2.6 million people confirmed infected and over 126,000 dead, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University that experts say understates the pandemic´s true toll due to limited testing and other reasons.

The Europeans are also taking into account those countries' standards on virus testing, surveillance, contact tracing and treatment and the general reliability of their virus data.

However, the health-based criteria collided with national interests and geopolitics, with some countries reluctant to collectively ban the USA while welcoming visitors from China, where the pandemic began.

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While the recommendations and list of countries are clear, border control is something that is handled at a national level, rather than at an European Union level in Brussels.

The term "Third Country" is a term often used in the context of migration, referring to individuals who are in transit and/or applying for visas in countries that are not their country of origin.

The 27 member states are on Tuesday voting on a list of 14 proposed countries.

It also shows that only two percent of Europeans surveyed expressed the view that the US was a "helpful" ally in the fight against COVID-19.

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