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Europe's Travel Ban Has Been Extended By Two Weeks, But Will Be Lifted Just In Time For Summer Vacation
Many travelers were anticipating the reopening of Europe’s borders on June 15th, however, the EU has decided to extend its travel ban for a few more weeks. Those planning to travel to Europe this summer will still be able to do so, starting in July.
Europe’s travel ban has been in place since March 17 and applies to 30 countries, including the U.S. The ban was renewed by officials by 30 days in both April and May.
The upside is that for the first time in 4 months, international travelers will be able to vacation in European countries starting July 1st.
Josep Borrell, Vice President of the European Commission told journalists Wednesday that lifting the travel ban will be “gradual and partial.”
Forbes predicts that low-risk countries will be able to visit European countries first. “This reopening to travelers from countries outside the Schengen area and the EU must be done in a coordinated, proportionate and non-discriminatory manner,” says Terezija Gras, Croatian Secretary of State for EU and International Affairs.
Each country will be having its own updated sanitary guidelines and screen processes for tourists. For example, when traveling to Greece, travelers will not have to quarantine but there will be spot tests. Spain and Portugal are also planning to welcome international travelers.
However, European travelers wanting to visit the U.S. will have to wait, as Trump has not yet lifted the banning of tourists from the EU entering U.S. borders.