EU to bar most travelers from U.S. as bloc reopens

EU to bar most travelers from U.S. as bloc reopens

[Ed. – A limited number of “essential” travelers like diplomats and health care workers would be allowed.  Presumably this would include journalists as well.  One guesses American service members would be restricted to traveling only or mostly via Defense-operated air transport.  Hilariously, China is likely to be on the “safe” list.]

The European Union will bar most travelers from the United States, Russia and dozens of other countries considered too risky because they have not controlled the coronavirus outbreak, EU officials said Friday.

By contrast, travelers from more than a dozen countries that are not overwhelmed by the coronavirus will be welcomed when the bloc reopens after months of lockdown Wednesday. The acceptable countries also include China — but only if China allows EU travelers to visit as well, the officials said.

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While the new list is not legally binding, member states that open up to excluded countries face the risk that their EU partners will close their borders to them — reinforcing the disjointed response to the pandemic that the bloc has been striving to overcome.

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