The US is set to be removed from the EU’s list of “safe” destinations as a new Covid wave fuelled by the Delta variant worsens in the country.
America has seen cases spiralling as states take different approaches to the pandemic with many areas opting not to introduce new restrictions despite the Delta surge.
The surge in infections is set to see the US removed from the EU’s list of safe countries, which directs EU member states to relax travel restrictions for those particular destinations.
Canada, South Korea and Ukraine are among the destinations currently on the EU’s “safe” list.
Travellers from safe list countries can usually enter the EU without quarantine by showing proof of vaccination or a negative test, though EU member states can still choose to enforce their own rules.
The EU says the list is agreed based on “the health situation, the ability to apply containment measures during travel, and reciprocity considerations”.
An EU diplomat told The Times: “The decision is primarily because of the worsening Covid infection situation in the US, but Washington’s decision to keep restrictions for Europeans all summer has made taking it all that much easier.”
Earlier in the summer, Joe Biden had hinted at eased US travel restrictions for residents of the EU and UK, more than a year after a travel ban was first put into effect.
However, talks crumbled due to the spread of the Delta variant, which is much more infectious than previous Covid strains, and has demonstrated its ability to spread rapidly as countries attempt to forge a path out of the pandemic.
Vaccination efforts have also stalled in the US, with polling indicating deep political divisions on the issue.
Only 52 per cent of Americans are fully vaccinated, compared to 63 per cent in the UK, 60 per cent in Germany and Italy, and 58 per cent in France.
Donald Trump was booed by his own supporters at a rally earlier this month when he revealed he had been vaccinated and “recommended” others also get the jab.
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