BRUSSELS (AP) -- The European Union announced Tuesday that
it will reopen its borders to travelers from 14 countries, but most Americans
have been refused entry for at least another two weeks due to soaring
coronavirus infections in the U.S.
Travelers from other big countries like Russia, Brazil and
India will also miss out.
Citizens from the following countries will be allowed into
the EU’s 27 members and four other nations in Europe’s visa-free Schengen
travel zone: Algeria, Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Montenegro, Morocco,
New Zealand, Rwanda, Serbia, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia and Uruguay.
The EU said China is “subject to confirmation of
reciprocity,” meaning it must lift all restrictions on European citizens
entering China before it will allow Chinese citizens back in.
Countries on the safe list are expected to
lift any bans they might have in place on European travelers.
The daily number of new confirmed cases in the United States
has surged over the past week. The U.S. has the world’s worst coronavirus
outbreak, with nearly 2.6 million people confirmed infected and over 126,000
dead, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University that experts say
understates the pandemic’s true toll due to limited testing and other reasons.
In contrast, aside from a notable recent outbreak tied to a
slaughterhouse in western Germany, coronavirus spread has generally stabilized
across much of continental Europe.
The EU list does not apply to travel to Britain, which left
the EU in January. Britain now requires all incoming travelers -- bar
a few exceptions like truck drivers -- to go into a self-imposed 14-day quarantine,
although the measure is under review and is likely to ease in the coming weeks.
The requirement also applies to U.K. citizens.