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EU to accept travelers from 15 nations; U.S. stays on blacklist

EU to accept travelers from 15 nations; U.S. stays on blacklist
Passengers are screened at the Fiumicino Airport in Rome, Italy, on Monday. The European Union will begin reopening external borders on Wednesday to travelers from more than a dozen nations, not including the United States. Photo by EPA-EFE/Telenews

June 30 (UPI) -- Travelers from the United States will still be denied entry in the European Union when the 27-member bloc reopens external borders on Wednesday, the alliance said.

EU members on Tuesday released a list of 15 nations where coronavirus case levels are low enough to admit their travelers. As expected, the United States -- which has experienced a surge of cases in recent days -- is not on the list.

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The EU's external borders have mostly been closed to non-essential travel since March 17. Starting Wednesday, however, travelers from Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, South Korea and nine other countries will be allowed admittance.

The other nine are Algeria, Georgia, Montenegro, Morocco, Rwanda, Serbia, Thailand, Tunisia and Uruguay. Visitors from China will also be admitted once authorities in Beijing lift their own restrictions on European travelers.

EU officials said nations seeking to lift their travel bans must show that new COVID-19 cases over the last 14 days, and per 100,000 inhabitants, are at levels close to or below the bloc's average. They must also show "stable or decreasing" cases over a two-week period. They are also judged on their "overall response to COVID-19," which considers actions like testing, surveillance, contact tracing, containment, treatment and reporting.

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The United States is by far the world leader in cases, with almost 2.7 million, according to figures Tuesday by Johns Hopkins University.

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Visitors wear face masks as they tour the Whitney Museum of American Art as it reopens on September 3. Photo by John Angelillo/UPI | License Photo

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