The recent rise in the number of COVID-19 infections recorded in the United States, caused mainly by the Delta variant, has led governments worldwide to start closing their doors to Americans and tighten their preventive measures.
A total of 168,200 new COVID-19 infection cases and 1,286 deaths have been registered in the United States in the last 24 hours, according to the figures published by the World Health Organization. The same source shows that 39,091,213 people have tested positive for the Coronavirus while 635,606 people have died since the beginning of the pandemic, VisaGuide.World reports.
Besides, the virus could cause the death of another 100,000 people in the US, by December, according to a recent University of Washington report.
Even though the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Anthony Fauci, told Forbes that such forecast could be prevented if more people in the US get vaccinated, some of the US territories that were the most affected by the disease, reported the highest number of new vaccinations per capita, as BBC reported, based on the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data.
The current COVID-19 situation also continues to damage the already devastated travel and tourism sector of the US. The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) previously announced that due to the lack of visitors, the US risked suffering a $155 billion financial loss in 2020, as a result of the COVID-19.
Despite some countries’ decision to ban non-essential travel from the US, other countries continue to welcome American visitors, even amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, provided they are fully vaccinated. However, citizens of the US must be aware of what countries they are permitted to visit.
What Countries Allow Entry Vaccinated Travelers from the US?
At present, travellers from the United States who are fully vaccinated can also visit the following territories, despite the current Coronavirus situation.
- The British Virgin Islands
- Costa Rica
- El Salvador
- Republic of Georgia
- St. Bart’s
- St. Lucia
In March 2020, the US government also banned entry from some countries, including all EU Member States, in an effort to stop the further spread of the virus. Such travel restrictions continue to be kept in place.
Have European Countries Implemented the EU Recommendation to Reimpose Travel Restrictions for US Arrivals?
Due to high COVID-19 infection rates, the Council of the European Union advised its Member States to impose stricter travel requirements for arrivals from the US and temporarily halt non-essential travel.
Even though since June 18, Americans were permitted to enter European countries restriction-free, as it was considered a safe territory, on August 30, the Council of the EU removed the US from its epidemiologically safe countries list.
Despite the EU recommendations to tighten their restrictions for Americans and ban travel for non-essential purposes, the following countries continue to permit entry for US travellers, while other European countries have still not made their position clear.
Croatian authorities refused to implement EU recommendations while announcing that they would permit vaccinated travellers from the US to visit its territory.
Such a decision was confirmed by the Croatian Minister, Davor Božinović.
Portugal’s government recently announced that travel for non-essential purposes for arrivals from the United States is also permitted, provided that travellers have been fully vaccinated against the disease.
Despite the EU recommendations, the Irish government clarified that it would not impose stricter rules for US travellers as the EU recommendation “is non-binding, and the Member States retain control over their own border restrictions.”
Soon after the EU advice, some European countries such as Italy, Iceland, and Bulgaria began to impose stricter rules for arrivals from the US in a bid to halt the further spread of the virus.