The EU has named 14 countries whose citizens are considered “safe” to enter from July 1, despite a pandemic, but the United States, Brazil and China are excluded.
Among the named countries are Australia, Canada, Japan, Morocco and South Korea.
According to diplomats, the EU is ready to add China if the Chinese government offers a mutual deal for travelers from the EU.
EU border controls have been abolished for EU citizens traveling inside the unit. Rules for British travelers are discussed separately in the Brexit negotiations.
UK citizens will continue to be treated in the same way as EU citizens until the end of the Brexit transition period on December 31. Therefore, during this time, UK citizens and their families exempt from travel restrictions,
The current “safe” list, which is still subject to change, includes Algeria, Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Montenegro, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, Serbia, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia and Uruguay.
Britain is currently negotiating “air bridges” with several EU member states, so the coronavirus does not completely block summer vacations – the busiest season in Europe for tourism, which employs millions of people.
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The EU procedure for formalizing the list and the criteria by which countries are rated as safe or not should be completed by noon on Tuesday.
A qualified majority of EU countries – at least 55% of EU countries, representing 65% of the EU population – have signed up on the list.
There were splits between those like Spain, who wanted to develop tourism, but preferred to play carefully, because Covid-19 hit them so much, and those like Greece and Portugal, which are dependent on tourism, but less susceptible to the virus. ,
You might think that it would be quite simple to decide which non-EU countries are considered “safe”. But it was a winding, controversial process in which politics and economics mixed with health.
Countries such as Germany and Spain, horrified by the devastation of the Covid-19, wanted to be careful.
They proposed a short list of countries with low morbidity, good health care and reliable medical data.
But Greece and Portugal had other ideas. In an effort to increase their post-localization, marking the economy with tourism and not suffering from widespread infection in the midst of a pandemic, they wanted to get the longest list possible.
Then came France, insisting on reciprocity. According to Paris, if a country outside the EU bans flights from the block, they should not appear on the list.
And finally: diplomatic considerations. It’s embarrassing to include some countries in the EU, but not others. Thanks to visitors from Canada, Japan and China from July 1 – if Beijing allows entry into the EU – but not to travelers from the United States.
After several days of trading, the final list is an attempt to compromise. A lot of metaphorical sweat, blood and tears for the list, which is advisory in nature, is open to exceptions and will be regularly updated and updated.
Last week’s reports say member states rank two different lists. The Politico website reports that one of them covers countries with less than 16 cases of Covid-19 per 100,000 people, and the other with 20 cases, including Canada and Turkey. The list is expected to be reviewed every two weeks, so the US may be added later.
Earlier this month, the European Commission also emphasized that opening borders with non-EU states in the Western Balkans has been a priority since July 1. However, an EU member, Croatia, said last week that travelers from Serbia, Kosovo, Bosnia and Northern Macedonia will face 14 days of self-isolation due to rising infections.