The European Travel Ban

Tensions are high and rising ever higher and Colorado travel agencies, particularly our Denver vacation planning and travel agency, are checking the news every day to see if there are any updates regarding international travel to Europe and what it means for Americans. The travel industry has already been in relative shambles due to the outbreak of COVID-19 as we’ve previously reported, but this travel ban could strike a particular blow to couples looking to enjoy a honeymoon vacation or a quick getaway to Europe. The travel ban against Americans was announced on June 29th and went into effect on July 1st.

For those with family who live in the European counties, this poses an extra layer of strain and confusion as many will no longer be able to visit relatives until the travel ban is lifted. On the flip side, those with citizenship, or passports based in other countries, may be able to come and go freely as they are returning home. For all others, they will be denied entry into any member nation of the EU.

Joining the US on the list of no entry are India, Russia, and Brazil. What is the basis for this blockage of travel? The EU argues that these countries have not done enough to stop the spread of COVID-19 and that travelers pose excessive and egregious risk to peoples of the EU nations; the leaders state that they fear a second wave will spread, especially if tourists from the aforementioned countries are allowed in.

The potential good news out of this situation is that the list will be updated every two weeks and if any so choose, countries can allow visitors from these barred nations in, but at their own risk. Were US coronavirus cases to go down over the coming weeks, it is likely that the EU leaders would readmit American travelers abroad. As of July 1st, over 2.6 million cases have been confirmed in the US and new hot spots are appearing across the map.

For those looking forward to a trip overseas to one of the many popular destinations, such as London, Paris, and Rome, this ban may come as a shock and/or inconvenience, if not outright annoyance. There are still other attractive vacation spots and tourism hot spots available to US travelers and we’d be happy to go over such a list. Beach vacations are still available and we can help you plan the perfect honeymoon, or weekend getaway, devoid of crowd interactions so that you can practice safe social distancing while still enjoying your time off. Airline prices are beginning to creep up, so now may be a good time to lock in a low rate to save yourself some extra money; call our Denver travel agency office today to learn more about our featured getaways.

As the coronavirus pandemic continues and the EU takes aggressive measures against American travelers, we will be paying close attention as the situation unfolds and will have regular updates about a continuation of the restriction, or an alleviation of it.

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