EU Removes U.S. From List Of Countries Allowed For Optional Travel

The EU has updated the list of countries and territories where optional travel is allowed. The U.S., Lebanon, Israel, North Macedonia, Montenegro and Kosovo have been removed from the document due to the worsening situation with the coronavirus, the EU Council announced.

Earlier, The Wall Street Journal reported that the EU may recommend a ban on optional travel from the U.S., citing diplomatic sources.

« The Council updated the number of states and territories where optional travel restrictions are to be temporarily lifted. Particularly, the U.S., Lebanon, Israel, North Macedonia, Montenegro and Kosovo have been removed from the list, » the statement said.

A total of 18 states are on the list. The EU Council updates the list every two weeks. The United States was added to the list on June 18. Since the start of the pandemic, 38.8 million cases of infection and 637,800 deaths have been reported in the United States.

source: ec.europa.eu

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