EU Recommends to Reimpose COVID Restrictions for Travellers From the US

EU Recommends to Reimpose COVID Restrictions for Travellers From the US

According to the European Union’s (EU) recommendation, people entering from the US should again be subject to stricter controls since the incidence in the US has been rising again. Moreover, restrictions will also be reimposed on five other countries.

The EU again recommends stricter entry rules for people from countries such as the US and Israel. As the Council of Member States announced, a total of six countries have been removed from the list of third countries for which corona restrictions are no longer to apply. This is due in particular to the high incidence figures. In addition to the US and Israel, North Macedonia, Montenegro, Kosovo and Lebanon are also affected.

However, the changes will have no consequences for people who seek to travel to Germany from the US and Israel and the aforementioned Balkan states. Germany has been classifying the countries as high-risk areas for some time. Travellers who have not been vaccinated or have recovered, therefore, currently have to be in quarantine for five to ten days.

At this stage, it is no longer just the infection numbers that are decisive. Other criteria are the speed at which the virus is spreading, the burden on the health system or a lack of data on the corona situation.

The background to the German classification that has already taken place is that it is ultimately up to the EU states whether they follow the EU recommendations. Germany is so often more restrictive and acts earlier when the number of cases in a country increases.

The EU only added the US to its list of third countries in June, which should no longer be subject to entry restrictions. However, there was also criticism of this decision since the US, for its part, has so far adhered to far-reaching corona entry bans for people from Europe.

“We insist that there are comparable rules for travellers in both directions,” said EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen recently on the subject.

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