Travel Ban


Makayla Joffe

As the coronavirus spread, many restrictions came into place. One of those is the travel ban, more specifically between America and Europe. The travel ban restricted people from traveling from America to Europe and vice versa. 

This travel ban was essential in order to limit the spread of the coronavirus. The U.S. is one of the most affected countries due to the pandemic. Europe has also been greatly affected because it is one of the most visited continents and densely populated. There are a small number of exceptions that allow U.S. citizens to travel to Europe. This includes students, healthcare professionals, passengers in transit, and some family members. American citizens who are also residents of Europe are allowed to travel. However, it can be difficult for some of these exceptions to take place such as increase in infection rates and new lockdown restrictions. 

The travel ban can prevent the continued spread of the coronavirus, from country to country. The ban restricts people from seeing family and friends. If either a family or friend was sick and they lived in the opposite country they would not be able to visit and care for their loved one. There are many families that have not seen one another in person in over a year.  It has presented such hardship on individual businesses and individual well being.

If you want to travel from the U.S. to Europe, you are required to quarantine for 7-14 days, get tested, or take a health screening in order to stay safe. With more and more individuals receiving the COVID vaccine there is hope that the travel ban will be lifted. Entry into some European countries or the United States may even require proof a person received the vaccine.