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Europe Un-Invites American Visitors

September 4, 2021 • 12:41 pm CDT
(Vax Before Travel)

The European Council (EC) updated the list of countries, special administrative regions, and territorial authorities for which travel restrictions should be lifted as of August 30, 2021. In particular, Israel, Kosovo, Lebanon, Montenegro, the Republic of North Macedonia, and the United States of America were removed from the approved list.

Non-essential travel to the EU from countries or entities not listed in Annex I is subject to temporary travel restriction.

The Council recommendation is not a legally binding instrument. The authorities of the member states remain responsible for implementing the content of the recommendation. They may, in full transparency, lift only progressively travel restrictions towards countries listed.

An EC member state should not decide to lift the travel restrictions for non-listed third countries before this has been decided in a coordinated manner.

Note: If you are overseas and your US passport expired on or after January 1, 2020, you may be able to use your expired passport to return directly to the United States until December 31, 2021, says the US Department of State's website.