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European Union governments agreed connected Monday (30 August) to region the United States from the EU's harmless question list, meaning US visitors and those from 5 different countries are apt to look tighter controls, specified arsenic COVID-19 tests and quarantines, writes Philip Blenkinsop.

Israel, Kosovo, Lebanon, Montenegro, and North Macedonia person besides been taken off. The database seeks to unify question rules crossed the bloc, though it does not hindrance idiosyncratic EU nations, which are escaped to find their ain borderline policies.

Already immoderate EU countries, specified arsenic Germany and Belgium, categorize the United States arsenic red, requiring tests and quarantines, portion for neighbours France and the Netherlands, the United States is classified arsenic safe.

The database is mostly compiled connected the ground of the COVID-19 concern successful each country, with reciprocity besides a factor.

European Union flags flutter extracurricular  the EU Commission office  successful  Brussels, Belgium May 5, 2021. REUTERS/Yves Herman

Average regular US COVID-19 cases person risen to much than 450 per cardinal radical successful the week to 28 August, compared with beneath 40 successful mid-June erstwhile the European Union added the United States to its list, figures from Our World successful Data show.

Case rates for Israel, Kosovo and Montenegro are adjacent higher, the information shows.

The EU harmless database present comprises 17 countries, including Canada, Japan and New Zealand.

The bloc inactive lets successful astir non-EU visitors who are afloat vaccinated, though tests and periods of quarantine tin apply, depending connected the EU state of arrival.

Despite EU appeals, Washington does not let European citizens to sojourn freely. The bloc itself has been divided betwixt those acrophobic astir the deficiency of reciprocity and accrued U.S. cases and others much reliant connected tourism and reluctant to restrict U.S. travellers.

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