Travel news latest: Europe to lift US travel ban this week

European Union governments have voted to lift travel restrictions for US residents, in an update to the bloc's 'white list'.

Travel news latest: Europe to lift US travel ban this week
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European Union governments have voted to lift travel restrictions for US residents, in an update to the bloc's 'white list'. The move will end quarantine for all transatlantic visitors, regardless of their vaccination status, and allow non-essential travel across the EU.

Ambassadors from the EU's 27 countries approved the addition at a meeting today, with the change to take effect in the coming days.

Albania, Lebanon, North Macedonia, Serbia and Taiwan will also be added, while Chinese administrative regions Hong Kong and Macau will be included with a requirement for reciprocity removed.

While some EU member states already allow vaccinated Americans to visit, inclusion in the list means that restrictions will be lifted across the bloc. However, transatlantic travel would not fully open until the US reciprocates; it currently restricts most EU residents from entering the country.