The US has been removed from the EU safe-travel list following a rise in coronavirus cases across America.
The move could lead to European countries banning American holidaymakers, although some which are highly dependent on US tourism may continue to grant them quarantine-free entry.
COVID rates in the US have reached 337 per 100,000, which is almost double the threshold set by the EU to be included on its safe travel ‘white list’.
The UK currently has 331 cases per 100,000.
The EU confirmed it had removed the US from its ‘white list’ of countries for which it recommends individual states lift travel restrictions. It has also removed Kosovo, Israel, Montenegro, Lebanon and North Macedonia.
As a result, it is likely that countries will ban American holidaymakers or impose new entry requirements, but the final decision is left to individual states.
Meanwhile, the US continues to ban holidaymakers who have been in the UK or the EU in the previous 14 days.