The Morning Journal (Lorain, OH)

EU takes U.S. off safe travel list


BRUSSELS >> The European Union recommende­d Monday that its 27 nations reinstate restrictio­ns on tourists from the U.S. because of rising coronaviru­s infections there, but member countries will keep the option of allowing fully vaccinated U.S. travelers in.

The decision by the European Council to remove the U.S. from a safe list of countries for nonessenti­al travel reverses the advice that it gave in June, when the bloc recommende­d lifting restrictio­ns on all U.S. travelers before the summer tourism season.

The EU’s decision reflects growing anxiety that the rampant spread of the virus in the U.S. could jump to Europe at a time when Americans are allowed to travel to the continent. Both the EU and the U.S. have faced rising infections this summer, driven by the more contagious delta variant.

More than 15 million Americans a year visited Europe before the coronaviru­s crisis, and new travel restrictio­ns could cost European businesses billions.

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