The news that the U.S. has been taken off the EU safe list for travel is not the disaster it could be for travel–it obviously depends on whether travelers are vaccinated and crucially, whether or not European countries will change their travel rules before the end of summer.
At first glance, it’s a mixed bag. Countries belonging to the EU/Schengen area (which allows the free-flow of travel across the European bloc) are not obliged to follow EU-wide recommendations. And where some have, they have done so in unique ways, creating separate lists, for instance, for the newly-listed unsafe ex-safe countries (Israel has also been taken off, as
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