One graphic explains why Americans are facing an EU travel ban
The EU has published a list of recommendations for which nationalities should be allowed to enter its borders, effective from July 1 — and the US is not included.
The two curves clearly show the EU and US heading in opposite directions in dealing with the Covid-19 outbreak. New confirmed daily cases in the EU peaked around mid-March and are on a clear downward trend, with cases below 10,000 for more than a month. In the US, new cases are on a steep upward trajectory.
The decision is based on whether a country has a similar or better epidemiological situation than Europe, as well as comparable hygiene and containment measures.
The EU has recommended that member states offer entry to China, where the virus originated, on the condition of reciprocal arrangements. The other 14 countries are: Algeria, Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Montenegro, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, Serbia, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Monday the state will decide later this week on whether to slow the reopening of indoor dining in New York City as it has “been shown to pose risks in other states.”
Despite these resurgences, the EU is in a position to gradually allow for the reopening of its borders to other countries.
But for now, the US simply does not meet the criteria.
CNN’s Christina Maxouris contributed reporting.