European Union to recommend lifting travel restrictions on American tourists


European Union to recommend lifting travel restrictions on American tourists
European Union to recommend lifting travel restrictions on American tourists
Mayorkas boost mask mandate ahead of travel season
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas emphasizes the federal mask mandate ahead of the busy summer travel season - a CDC order which applies to those traveling into, within or out of the United States. (May 25)

BRUSSELS — The European Union is expected to recommend that member countries start lifting restrictions on tourists from the United States.

EU ambassadors agreed Wednesday to consider adding the United States to the list of countries from which nonessential travel is allowed. EU ministers will formally vote on the recommendation Friday.

If approved, it would apply to all U.S. travelers, including those who are not vaccinated. However, it's worth noting that the EU recommendation is nonbinding and not enforceable.

Each of the EU's 27 member states can decide how and when to adopt the recommendation and set its own guidelines, including requiring COVID-19 tests or proof of vaccination for entry.

Some EU countries have already started allowing in American visitors.

► Have COVID vaccine, will travel:  These are the countries open to fully vaccinated Americans

► Europe travel:  Portugal reopens to US travelers with negative COVID-19 tests

The European Council updates the list based on epidemiological data. It gets reviewed every two weeks.

Contributing: Eve Chen, USA TODAY

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