European Union formally Bars U.S. Travelers Due To Coronavirus Threat
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The European Union will temporarily ban travelers from the United States as a sharp rebuke of the Trump administration's mishandling of the COVID-19 pandemic. As European Union nations continue to ease coronavirus restrictions, the EU is considering recommending that member states block American visitors from visiting their countries due to the surge of coronavirus cases in the US, according to two EU diplomats.
"The criteria will be focused on circulation of the virus," said one EU diplomat, adding that Brussels is looking to keep out travelers from countries "where the virus is circulating most actively."
No final decisions have been made and it is ultimately up to individual members to decide who can enter each country.
The New York Times was first to report on the possibility. The EU diplomats had not seen the draft lists of acceptable travelers the Times reported on, but they said they are aware that discussions are ongoing.
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