EU decides to keep travel restrictions with Turkey in place after biweekly review

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The European Union has decided to keep travel restrictions with Turkey in place after their first biweekly review of coronavirus measures for travelers.

The list, which was updated 16 days after it was first published on June 30, does not include any new countries but removes two Western Balkan countries – Serbia and Montenegro – due to a sharp increase of coronavirus cases in both in the last two weeks, according to the Schengenvisainfo website.

Economists believe Turkey’s tourism sector will be hit hard by the European travel restrictions, without travelers coming in from especially the UK, Germany, and the Netherlands.

According to EU data, the bloc – which includes the European Economic Area (EU countries plus Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway) and the United Kingdom – had 1.6 million total cases. Over the same 14-day period, those 33 countries combined recorded just over 57,100 cases, USA Today reported.

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