Dubai, United Arab Emirates (CNN) — The possibility of European travel for Americans is beginning to shrink again as countries adopt new measures in response to the recent surge in COVID-19 infections in America.
Earlier this week, the European Union announced that it would withdraw the United States from its safe list, and advised its 27 member states to reconsider allowing entry to non-essential American travelers.
Several major tourist destinations, which welcomed back badly needed visitors from the United States earlier this year, chose to ignore non-binding EU advice.
While Italy, the Netherlands and Sweden became the first to impose new travel restrictions.
As of today, September 4, the Netherlands says the United States will be designated a “high-risk region,” joining Lebanon, Israel, Kosovo, Montenegro and North Macedonia as new additions to that list, according to a government website.
And while travelers from these and other high-risk countries are allowed entry if they are fully vaccinated, they must still undergo a 10-day quarantine. From September 6, they must also test negative for COVID-19.
Sweden, which previously exempted US travelers from a ban on nearly all non-EU arrivals, also removed the country from its approved list, along with Lebanon, Israel, Kosovo, Montenegro and North Macedonia.
Sweden said in a press release that the measure will apply to all non-essential arrivals, whether they are vaccinated or not, although those with Swedish residence permits who can submit recent negative test results can be exempted.
She added that the Swedish authorities are studying whether to allow the arrival of fully vaccinated arrivals from certain provinces and “will come back to this issue at a later time.”
Italy, which was among the first European countries to open its borders earlier this year, also introduced new measures affecting arrivals from all destinations, including the United States.
On August 31, Italy began requiring all visitors to show evidence of a PCR examination within no more than 72 hours of departure, regardless of whether they had received a vaccination against the Corona virus.
Travelers who have not been vaccinated or have evidence of recovery from COVID-19 must self-quarantine for five days upon arrival and undergo a swab test, according to the Italian Ministry of Health.
It is not yet clear whether other European countries, many of which have been relying on an influx of travelers dollars from the United States to help revive their pandemic-hit tourism economies, will also review their actions.