"We are hopeful that the decision will be reviewed soon and that at least on a limited basis worldwide traffic between the United States and the European Union will resume", said Nicholas Calio, CEO of Airlines for America.
The list of nations that will be allowed to visit the European Union without travel restrictions from July 1 are: Algeria, Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Montenegro, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, Serbia, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia and Uruguay.
The Europeans will update the list every two weeks, according to the official press release outlining the details and listing all "safe nations" here.
Starting Wednesday, the EU will lift border restrictions for its own citizens in a move aimed at saving the European tourism season in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Criteria also include the measures put in place against the virus in the country, including the number of tests available, and the reliability of the data. However, non-EU citizens and British citizens are not included in the ban.
According to Euronews, EU officials failed to agree on a common list of the countries that would definitely be banned from entering the block upon the border reopening but managed to create a list of the countries with a better epidemiological situation, the citizens of which will be able to enter Europe by the end of next week.
Then in mid-March the Europeans limited all non-essential travel to the 27 EU member states plus Liechtenstein, Iceland, Norway and Switzerland.
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The countries are Algeria, Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Montenegro, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, Serbia, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia and Uruguay.
Which countries are on the list?
The pandemic is still gripping the United States, where some regions have re-opened certain locations and activity sites, only to shut them down again. As long as individual European countries have agreed (and most will), travellers from these 14 nations will now be allowed into Europe.
American travelers spent $67 billion in the European Union in 2019, according to US government figures.
However, the policy will act as a recommendation to the 27 member countries, meaning they could potentially set restrictions on travellers from the 14 nations.
"I hope that they can get it together and bring down their numbers as much as they can", she said of the United States.
Under the current rules, Turkish or United States citizens can not enter the European Union unless they are close relatives of an European Union citizen, long-term residents of the European Union, or work in the healthcare sector. That's bad news for Europe's tourist industry and airlines on both sides of the Atlantic.