EU Travel Ban News: EU lifts travel restrictions on US tourists after over a year | World News

NEW DELHI: The European Union on Friday lifted travel restrictions on American travelers. The move comes over a year after the EU banned non-essential travel from the United States.
Apart from the US, the bloc has lifted restrictions on non-essential travel from 13 other countries — Albania, Australia, Israel, Japan, Lebanon, New Zealand, Republic of North Macedonia, Rwanda, Singapore, Serbia, South Korea, Thailand, and China (subject to confirmation of reciprocity).
“The criteria for determining the non-EU countries for which the current travel restriction should be lifted cover, in particular, the epidemiological situation and containment measures, including physical distancing, and economic and social considerations. They are applied cumulatively,” the EU said in a statement.
The list, which is reviewed and updated every two weeks, presently does not include the United Kingdom.
However, the governing body added, “All persons travelling from any country for an essential or non-essential reason should have tested negative for Covid-19 in a PCR test taken at the earliest 72 hours before.” Additionally, member states may require self-isolation or a 14-day-long quarantine period, and further Covid-19 testing.

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