E.U. Travel Ban May Affect Caribbean Nationals in U.S.

Caribbean nationals in the United States eager to travel overseas to shake off prolonged confinement caused by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, but not sure if they want to immediately return to the region, just had their option of destinations reduced.

The European Union late last month announced it is re-opening its borders, but travelers from the U.S., those holding American passports, may have to wait a while longer before they are allowed entry.

Residents of the U.S., which witnessed rapid surge of COVID-19 cases across the country towards the end of last month, learned on June 30 they would be among those from 14 nations blocked from entering the E.U. for at least two weeks. The list will be updated and revised after that time.

They will not be allowed entry into the 27 members countries which make up the E.U., plus four other nations which are part of the continent’s visa-free Schengen travel zone.

Reports indicate that over 15 million Americans travel to Europe annually. Many Caribbean nationals living in the U.S. and elsewhere are usually among them.