The European Union said Monday that its member countries would add some travel restrictions for visitors from the United States who are unvaccinated against COVID-19.

The European Council — which includes 27 countries throughout Europe — took the United States off of its “safe list” of nations where residents can travel without need for quarantine or testing, according to The New York Times.

  • That said, each EU member has its own COVID-19 travel rules and can decide whether or not to follow these guidelines.
  • It’s unclear which countries will add these restrictions for the U.S. or when the restrictions will begin.
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The announcement comes as COVID-19 cases continue to surge in the United States. According to CBS News, there have been more than 150,000 COVID-19 cases per day on average. That’s a 21% increase over the last two weeks.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has continued to add new countries to its “Level 4: Covid-19 Very High” risk list, which is its list of countries that have a high number of COVID-19 cases.

Experts have maintained that getting the COVID-19 vaccine remains the perfect way to stay safe against COVID-19.

  • “What is going on now is both entirely predictable, but entirely preventable. And you know we know we have the wherewithal with vaccines to turn this around,” said Dr. Anthony Fauci, the White House medical adviser for the coronavirus, according to CNN. “We could turn this around and we could do it efficiently and quickly if we just get those people vaccinated.”