It has been rumored and reported for almost a week now and now we have the official word that many Americans had been dreading – America and most other nations are not on the “approved” list to enter European borders as of July 1. Here are the 14 countries that made the cut.
US Travelers and Many More Not Welcome in Europe Right Now
Rolling Reviews and Reciprocity
I will start by saying this – the list will be reviewed on a regular basis and countries that are improving on the coronavirus front will be added to the list on a rolling basis. It is expected that the next update will come July 15.
At the same time, while the European Commission has said that this list is based on epidemiological data and is not political, it appears that being reciprocal with European countries for border admission could get countries on this admission list sooner. Case in point is China.
China is not one of the 14 countries but they will be allowed on the list if they will start allowing Europeans back into the country. Officials have said that reciprocity is required for the list. So, if the US reopens their borders to Europeans, maybe they would make it on the “good” list quicker.
The Countries That Europe is Open to from July 1
So, here are the 14 countries that have made this original cut:
- New Zealand
- South Korea
Just a note – Australia, for example, has a ban on their citizens departing Australia right now so it is not very likely that many tourists from Australia will enter Europe in the near future. However, Melbourne has a huge Greek population so if some of them were wanting to visit family, that may be something they could do.
Here is the official list from the EU council with information on who is currently allowed in.
In a blow to tourism in Greece (who had said before that they would open to the world and they have put testing measures in place), the US, Russia, and Israel did not make this cut. Furthermore, Greece will not allow flights from the UK until July 15. This is bad news for Greece since those countries make up more than 25% of the tourism economy.
Earlier reports last week had said that Uganda and Cuba would be on the safe list – which I had said at the time was a peculiar thing to leak. It turns out they did not make the cut either which may mean it was more of a swipe at the US and maybe a negotiating tactic than anything else.
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.