(Bloomberg) – The European Union will discuss Thursday whether to re-implement travel restrictions for visitors from the United States in the face of the increase in new cases of coronavirus.
Slovenia, which holds the rotating presidency of the EU and is currently responsible for launching an assessment of countries authorized to make non-essential travel to the bloc, recommended that the US be removed from the list, according to two officials familiar with the plans.
The US reported 507 new cases of COVID-19 per 100,000 residents during the 14 days to August 15, according to the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control. That’s well above the 75-case limit set in the EU guidelines.
The norms also specify that the trend of new cases must be stable or decreasing, and with a positivity of no more than 4% of the COVID tests carried out. The guidelines also consider whether variants of concern have been detected in the nation in question and whether a country has reciprocated in the opening of the trips.
The bloc’s guideline is a recommendation and any decision about which countries will be allowed to enter and what restrictions will be imposed ultimately rests with the governments of each member state. While countries have largely abided by EU guidelines, there have been times when particular nations have deviated from them.
The latest proposal recommends removing several other countries, including Israel, said the officials, who asked not to be identified because the discussions are private.
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