This is a breaking story and something that is still developing. The New York Times has said that the European Commission is working on a report that will be presented to member nations before the reopening date of July 1.
Report: EU May Ban Americans
There are two lists being compiled, according to the NY Times. One has the US, Brazil, and Russia on it and would ban people coming to Europe from those countries. The other list (actually two more lists being debated)that has allowed countries has countries on it like China, Uganda, Cuba, and Vietnam.
The list of countries that would be banned is in response to the virus numbers that are climbing in those countries. This list would be revisited every two weeks to see how the virus numbers are improving/not improving.
What About Countries Like Greece That Have Already Said They Will Welcome Americans?
Here is the thing – any nation in the EU bloc can refuse to follow the recommendation. But, such a refusal would mean that countries could close internal borders to that/those countries that do not follow the recommendation.
This may sound like a huge thing but many internal borders closed during the refugee crisis (mostly land borders) and more closed during the last few months. So, it is possible and it would mean that a country like Greece would have to decide which they value more – open borders with other EU nations or American tourists.
If they go for American tourists, it will mean that Americans can only enter Greece by flying on airlines direct to Greece or with Turkish Airlines, Qatar Airways, British Airways – any airline that would have its point of entry into the EU being Greece.
But, if this list is being revisited every two weeks, it could be that countries just go along with the recommendation. This could also be something to leverage the US into opening its own borders to Europeans again since testing is in place in some EU arrival points and could be installed in other locations if they wanted to make sure any/all visitors entering the EU are virus-free.
The European Commission will be making their recommendation before the July 1 reopening date. At present, it appears that the US may find that their citizens will not be welcome in Europe after it opens to other countries like Cuba. But, this is a fluid situation and one that could change by mid-July.
At present, if you planned on traveling to Europe in July, I would recommend postponing those plans (if you don’t want to wait till the last minute) or maybe think about going somewhere else this summer.
There are Americans that can enter – people that have dual citizenship with an EU nation, a resident permit, immediate family who are nationals, etc. I just returned from the US to Europe using a resident permit and it was not an issue at all.