EU - Travelers Banned from US, Brazil, and Russia

Arno Froese

The US, Brazil and Russia did not make the cut of “safe countries” whose nationals can travel to the bloc. European officials said the ban “is an exercise of self-responsibility” amid global surges.

The US has seen its number of cases steadily rise after most states eased lockdown measures. A lack of interstate coordination and an uneven response from the federal government has contributed to several new outbreaks across the country.

Other countries whose travel restrictions were extended include Brazil, Russia and India, which have seen their number of positive cases surge. The US, Brazil, Russia and India are the countries with the highest number of confirmed cases in the world.

Meanwhile, the EU has approved visitors from Australia, Canada and Japan. Chinese travelers will be allowed to visit pending reciprocal access to China for EU visitors.

Other countries approved for EU travel include Algeria, Georgia, Montenegro, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, Serbia, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia and Uruguay.

The countries were chosen based on certain criteria, including that the number of new cases over a 14-day period had to be “close to order below the EU average.” The countries also needed to have a “stable or decreasing trend of new cases over this period.”

The UK will be treated as part of the EU, according to the Council, until the end of the year. The UK currently has a mandatory quarantine period of 14 days for those traveling to the country. Other EU countries have already withdrawn similar mandatory periods.

The EU has kept a travel ban in place at its external borders since mid-March. The ban was extended to non-EU Schengen area member states, including Switzerland, Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein.

Europe’s tourism industry is still reeling from restrictions that have all but upended the sector. An extended travel ban on American tourists means a major source of income won’t be coming any time soon.

More than 15 million Americans travel to Europe each year, many in the summer, long considered the continent’s peak tourism season. The European Commission has described the EU’s tourism industry as “one of the ecosystems most affected by the coronavirus.”, 30 June 2020

Arno's commentary

What becomes self-evident is that lockdowns are being relaxed in many parts of the world, and the overwhelming desire of all people is: get back to normal. But, will it be normal? Most unlikely, because the coronavirus has affected the entire world, and is the key to closer cooperation in the future. We must keep in mind that the world must become one.

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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