EU Prepared To Bar Americans Which Could Further Affect Cruise Industry
Anna Kroupina, Open Jaw
As European Union countries prepare to reopen borders on 01JUL, they may not allow Americans to enter the bloc due to the United States' lack of control in handling the spread of the Coronavirus with it its own population.
The list of acceptable visitors is under review, but at present excludes the United States, according toThe New York Times.
The U.S. has more than 2.3 million cases and upward of 120,000 deaths, more than any other country.
Once diplomats agree on a final list, it will be presented as a recommendation next week.
Prohibiting American travellers from entering the European Union would have significant economic, cultural and geopolitical ramifications, as millions of American tourists and business travellers visit Europe every summer.
It would also be a significant blow to the US cruise industry which would have to suspend cruising in Europe until the per capita infection rate in the US was closer to that of the EU. The current infection rate for the bloc is at 16 coronavirus cases per 100,000 people, compared to 107 for the United States.
This would further limit selling opportunities for Canadian cruise sellers.
Despite the damage it would cause, European officials said it was highly unlikely an exception would be made for the United States, The New York Times writes.
The officials said the criteria for creating the list of acceptable countries had been deliberately kept as scientific and non-political as possible, basing the decision on a combination of epidemiological factors.
Once diplomats agree on a final list, the E.U. can’t force members to adopt it, but European officials warn that failure to comply could lead to the reintroduction of borders within the bloc.
European officials said the list would be revised every two weeks based on updated infection rates.
Anna Kroupina Journalist
Anna is OJ's newest member and she joins the team as a writer/reporter. She co-writes the daily news and covers events. Although she's new to the industry, pursuing a career path in travel/tourism has been a goal since her first family road trip to the Florida Keys sparked a desire to discover the world and this exhilarating, fast-paced industry.
Karen Park- June 24, 2020 @ 14:56
I wish I could say that I'm shocked.