European Union sets 'safe' travel list, excluding U.S.

01 Juillet, 2020, 05:13 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
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The European Union will reopen its external borders to 14 countries from 1 July, however the U.S. has been excluded from this travel list, released on 30 June.

Euronews has obtained, from European Union diplomatic sources, the latest draft list of the countries for which Europe's borders will be open, and can confirm what we reported on Wednesday that Brazil, the USA and Russian Federation are indeed not on the approved list.

The 15 countries that did make the list are: Algeria, Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Montenegro, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, Serbia, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia and Uruguay.

China is on the list, but will be subject to a reciprocal agreement in which the Chinese government must allow European Union citizens into the country. It is only an advisory list and each European Union country can let in any non-EU country it chooses. At least 2.5 million had been infected in the country and 128,000 people had died, according to the Johns Hopkins University Coronavirus Resource Center.

European countries have slowly begun to emerge from months of lockdown, although localised outbreaks have been reported in parts of Germany and the UK.

The EU and Schengen area countries (Switzerland, Norway and Iceland) lifted border controls for EU citizens travelling inside the bloc on June 15th and from July 1st will open their external borders.

The EU's decision to exclude Americans was not a surprise, as the USA grapples with alarming flare-ups across its South and West and continues to bar Europeans from visiting here.

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The list would allow a "safe and slow start" to the European travel season but it would be reviewed every 14 days, she said.

The EU on 17 March closed its borders to non-member states due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. While some of the hardest-hit states - New York, New Jersey, and MA - took drastic measures to get the infection rate down to a manageable level, Texas, California, Florida, Arizona, and others have watched their case numbers spiral out of control in recent weeks.

Besides its own member-countries, the EU will now allow travel from 14 countries, as stated by the Council of the EU - a club representative of EU governments.

It is said the countries however 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.

Greece opened its borders to global travel on June 15 to the mainland, with island airports slated to open on 2 July, and will test visitors for Covid-19 coming from France, Italy, the Netherlands and Spain.

In March, President Donald Trump suspended all people from Europe´s ID check-free travel zone from entering the US, making it unlikely now that USA citizens would qualify to enter the EU.


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