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Who will make the decision to allow US travelers into the EU countries?
What are the conditions required to lift the ban?

Posted by
3789 posts

The separate countries will decide.
There is most likely some matrix of #of cases per #population and number of days of sustained reduced new cases.
Also bear in mind countries allowed in hsve varied and 14 day quarantine has ser saeed between requiring it or not. It is far from a stable plan.

Posted by
6858 posts

The European Union - they would strongly prefer that individual countries don't go their own way, but rather have a consistent set of standards (obviously that's an ideal). They already have a set of conditions published but, no doubt, these will be tailored to meet current needs over time.

Posted by
22 posts

Thanks Do you have a link to the conditions?

Posted by
10989 posts

It is up to each EU member. The EU itself offers guidance but a member country doesn't have to follow it. As of now, most are following the same criteria. (As an example, Hungary closed its border to all foreign visitors earlier this month including those from other EU countries. The EU is trying to fight it but so far has not been successful.)

You can try the website

It is kept pretty much up to date as to rules. You can even set it as to which country you are coming from to get rules tailor made for you.

Cases of Covid-19 are beginning to pick up in many EU countries so the rules can literally change daily.

Posted by
13424 posts

Nick and Frank II nailed it. Interesting note, for a period of time Hungary was letting in US citizens while excluding some European citizens.... so it can be a mixed bag. A few non-EU countries are currently open to US citizens, but for how long? I think there will always be push back on EU standards as its a ones size fits all approach.

Posted by
18241 posts

I don't know what the criteria might be to lift the ban, but right now, since Sept 1, the US has had almost twice the new cases per capita as western Europe, so I don't see them lifting the ban soon.

And cases like this, American spreads virus in Germany, certainly won't help.