27 June 2020. ABC News: With coronavirus cases in the U.S. on the rise, the European Union is taking a step to prevent its member nations from seeing a backslide.
Most American travelers are to be banned from entering any of the EU’s 27 member countries, an outside advisor to the EU who has been consulting on negotiations confirmed to ABC News. EU officials had been negotiating a list of which countries’ travelers would be allowed to enter in recent days.
The list is finalized, according to the source, but as first reported by The New York Times, this is still pending formal approval from member countries and the EU’s own relevant bodies.
Nothing has been publicly announced yet, and it’s unclear what, if any, exceptions will be made.
Among those countries that won’t be banned is China, where the outbreak began, according to the Times.
Even before the official announcement, the U.S. Travel Association, a nonprofit representing the travel industry, released a statement calling the decision “incredibly disappointing” and “unwelcome news.”