European Union May Stop Welcoming U.S. Visitors

The European Union could ban American visitors due to the handling of the Coronavirus outbreak nationwide, according to Gizmodo.

Officials say the E.U. is scheduled to make its decision next week about possible traveler restrictions as a result of the pandemic, and the U.S. could be considered as well as Russia and Brazil.

There are now more than 2.3 million cases of Covid-19 nationwide and more than 120,000 deaths, according to John Hopkins University. The U.S. has the highest number of confirmed cases worldwide.

However, E.U. officials say their plans have nothing to do with President Trump’s executive order signed earlier this week freezing visas for foreign employees, according to CNN.

“This has been hiding in plain sight since 11 June, when we published the criteria. This is nothing new in the story for the U.S.,” an E.U. official said. “This has absolutely nothing to do with political decisions, this is based on the current health situation in a third country. I know some media have said for instance the executive order the United States President signed is part of this decision; it could not be further from the situation.”

The E.U. already banned nonessential travel from other countries in March. Officials say they would not force member states to comply with the list of banned countries. 

However, not agreeing to the recommendations could impact border closures in the E.U. which would make the member states more likely to agree with them.