The EU Considers Barring American Travelers Over Coronavirus Concerns

EU delays decision on external border reopening

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The list of countries included in the recommendations are: Algeria, Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Montenegro, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, Serbia, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay.

The list is based on the COVID-19 situation in each country.

The US and Brazil are both struggling with increasing numbers of coronavirus infections, while Chinese citizens will be allowed entry once a reciprocal agreement is made for European Union citizens into China.

The "safe" countries would have to lift any bans they might have on European travellers and the list will be updated every 14 days.

Earlier this week, it was reported that at least 16 USA states were halting plans to reopen, as reported Covid infections surged across the country.

The EU cannot agree on a list of "safe countries" from where travellers could visit Europe in July, with some member states requiring more time to decide, diplomats said Saturday (27 June).

The EU council stressed that "member states remain responsible for implementing the content of the recommendation", meaning this will vary from country to country.

EU delays decision on external border reopening

While the decision has in theory been driven by the countries which have low infection rates as well as reliable data, political considerations have also undoubtedly been weighed.

"A redrawn text of 10-20 countries was put to them, but many said they needed to consult first with their governments, diplomats said", the outlet reported.

While the recommendations and list of countries are clear, border control is something that is handled at a national level, rather than at an European Union level in Brussels.

The "EU+ area" includes all member states of its so-called Schengen visa area (including Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus and Romania), as well as the four Schengen Associated States.

The United Kingdom is considered part of the European Union during its post-Brexit transition that ends on December 31.

The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the United States has surged over the past week, and President Donald Trump also suspended the entry of all people from Europe's ID check-free travel zone in a decree in March.

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