In the days and hours leading up to the highly anticipated opening date of July 1 (for travel to Europe), it was well-known that American tourists would not be among those welcome. In the end, the decision was made to welcome 14 countries and also China, if China would welcome Europeans. This “red” and “green” list was to be re-examined every 2 weeks. Well, here is the expected update.
European Borders Actually Closing a Little More to the World
I would be surprised if anyone thought the US would be added to the “green” list as cases continue to be reported in the US. Not only that, but many Americans that had originally had plans for Europe have since moved those plans to other locations or decided to stay at home for 2020.
The original countries on the July 1 list were:
- New Zealand
- South Korea
Of course, China was to be added once they allowed Europeans to make the total count at 15. But, that list has shrunk just a little due to climbing cases in two of these countries.
Two More Countries Are Said to Join the “No” List
Those two countries are Serbia and Montenegro. Travelers from Serbia had been heading to Greece in great numbers and the majority of the new cases being reported in Greece are due to people coming in over the land borders. Because of the rising numbers in Serbia, and also Montenegro, these countries have been added to the “Red” list of banned countries for the time being.
For residents in those countries, this is much more disappointing than for people in America, for example. This would be due to the fact that these countries are already on the continent of Europe so this ban would close off nearby countries to these residents.
Who Is Allowed?
Even countries that have had improved infection numbers did not make the new list – no new country has made the list. This is likely out of an abundance of caution from Europe since many other countries would not make as significant an economical impact as Russia, the UK, and the US would.
Croatia is allowing Americans but they need to have a reservation in-country and also a negative Covid test to enter.
Remember, this does not mean that all Americans are banned from Europe – check this page to see what would qualify an American to visit Europe right now.
Should Americans Hold Out Hope of European Travel This Year?
Greece says they may welcome Americans as soon as the end of July, if certain conditions are met. But, most passengers would need to enter through other European countries to arrive in Greece and the rules are literally changing constantly.
At this point, I would just assume that European travel for Americans will not happen this summer – maybe not even this fall. If you wanted a European vacation, consider checking out some of the beautiful places in America instead. In fact, this is likely something that the American tourism industry would like much, much more!