What Americans Need to know about the European Travel Ban
European nations will begin opening their borders to international travelers starting July 1st. Tourists and nonessential travelers from a list of countries, which have been voted safe in regards to their control of the current pandemic, will be allowed entrance to Europe and Spain. USA is not on the list, as of now.
Who is on the list of banned countries?
As of July 1, all European countries as well as the non European Union nations of Iceland, Norway, Switzerland and Liechtenstein will open their borders to this list of countries: Algeria, Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Montenegro, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, Serbia, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay, China *subject to confirmation of reciprocity.
How long will the ban be in place?
It has been stated by European officials that the list will be reviewed and updated every 2 weeks. The USA could be added to the list by August, but that all depends on the response the US has to the current trend of infections within the borders. When the situation improves, they may be added to the list and allowed entry to the EU. If the situation worsens for a country currently on the list, they may be removed and banned entry to the EU.
What are the exceptions?
There are exceptions in the case that a person has residency or citizenship in a nation within the European Union. Health workers, seasonal farm workers, humanitarian workers, students and a few other exceptions are mentioned in the full list which can be found here.
Are the leagues in Europe cancelled?
As far as we know, all leagues are on schedule to resume on their normal start dates. Teams are currently signing players, including players from the list of banned countries. It is impossible to predict the future and what will happen with the travel restrictions but every club is preparing their rosters as they do every season. We currently are offering our players to teams and have had multiple players sign these past few months. Those players plan on arriving to their new teams for the pre-season. We will be posting the information about the player signings in the following weeks.
Players registered to Europrobasket programs
If you are registered to arrive in August stay current on the situation as it will be evolving continuously. Be patient and feel free to contact us for more information. We will be posting regular updates. If you are not allowed to travel to Spain we will modify your arrival dates at no extra cost. Just send us an email with your changes or concerns.
If you have booked a flight already most airlines will give you a refund or a credit towards changing your flight to a future date. We recommend that you follow the situation and make a decision when it is clear that you will not be able to arrive on your scheduled arrival date.
Europrobasket staff is closely monitoring the situation and we are here to give advice and make the process as easy for our clients as possible.