Restrictions leave US travelers high and dry

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In downtown Buffalo, New York, crossing the border into Ontario, Canada, used to be as easy as driving one mile across the Peace Bridge over the Niagara River. But that’s now a forbidden route.

In the coronavirus era, New York residents and out-of-state road trippers aren’t allowed to cross the border for leisure travel.

US citizens have been shut out of their neighboring country to the north and a slew of nations around the world. The latest travel news affecting Americans: The European Union is considering blocking travelers from areas with severe Covid-19 outbreaks after it opens it borders on July 1.

Since the United States has more confirmed coronavirus cases than anywhere else in the world, with numbers increasing in some states each day, US travelers are unlikely to be allowed in any time soon.

“The US’s chances are close to zero,” an EU diplomat told CNN. “With their infection rates … not even they can believe in that possibility.”

Although potential travel bubbles are being discussed all over the world — Fiji is the latest in talks to join one with Australia and New Zealand — the United States has yet to form or join a bubble.

Where does this new world order leave US citizens with a penchant for travel?

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