NY Times: Americans and Russians to be Banned From EU This Summer

According to the New York Times, Americans, Brazilians and Russians are among the people who will be banned to enter the EU for holidays this summer.


European Union (EU) nation states are mulling whether or not to lift the current entry restrictions in place which bans non-EU citizens from entering the block for non-essential travel.

The current restrictions, which count for all 27 EU member states as well as Iceland, Norway, Liechtenstein and Switzerland, were introduced on 16th March and are in place until 1st July.

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According to the NY Times, the EU will likely blacklist the US, Russia and Brazil, barring their citizens from visiting Europe for non-essential reasons. ©Paliparan

Draft plan

There has been a lot of speculation what the EU will decide when it comes to travel after 1st July, as many individual member states already eased entry restrictions and quarantine measures.

However, a draft plan of the EU has reportedly placed the US among with several other notable nations such as Brazil and Russia on a list of countries which will likely still face an entry ban after 1st July.

The New York Times, which has seen the draft plan and was first to report on it, wrote that EU officials are still worried by the infection rate in the three countries.

Acceptable countries

The list of acceptable countries which are likely to be allowed to send tourists to Europe reportedly consists out of nations such as Vietnam, Cuba and even China.

According to the NY Times, there could be “significant economic, cultural and geopolitical ramifications” if Americans are indeed banned from entering the EU over the summer given the deep ties between Europe and the US.

The newspaper mentioned that European officials drafting the new plan told that it is “highly unlikely an exception would be made for the United States”.

Reportedly, the lists of accepted countries and banned countries are based on scientific criteria such as the COVID-19 infection rate and has been kept as “nonpolitical as possible”.

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It might still take some months before American tourists can hop on a plane to Europe again. ©Paliparan

Booking a trip to Europe?

The EU plan has not yet been officially presented and the scoop of the New York Times could therefore not yet be officially confirmed.

According to reports, EU officials will regularly update the list of accepted and banned nationalities during the summer, so a sharp decline in COVID-19 infection rates could see countries being taken off from the blacklist again.

Booking a vacation to the EU this summer seems however fraught with risks if you come, so Americans, Brazilians and Russians are certainly well-advised to take extreme caution with advance bookings.

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Koen works as a freelance journalist covering south-eastern Europe and is the founding father and editor-in-chief of Paliparan. As a contributor to some major Fleet Street newspapers and some lesser known publications in the Balkans, he travels thousands of miles each year for work as well as on his personal holidays. Whether it is horse riding in Kyrgyzstan’s Tian Shan mountains, exploring the backstreets of Bogotá, or sipping a glass of moschofilero in a Greek beachside taverna, Koen loves to immerse himself into the local culture, explore new places and eat and drink himself around the world.

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