European Union to decide to which 'safe countries' external borders will be opened

EU delays decision on external border reopening

Coronavirus: EU to allow in visitors from 14 'safe' countries

The European Union will reopen its external borders to 14 countries from 1 July, however the USA has been excluded from this travel list, released on 30 June.

Notable absences were the US, Brazil, Russia - the three countries with the largest numbers of confirmed Covid-19 cases. Countries like Greece, Italy and Spain are waiting for travel restrictions to be lifted in order to ease into a resumption of their tourism sectors, which have been hit hard due to the pandemic.

The final list will be revealed at some point this week, but media reports have said Australia, Canada, Japan, and South Korea will be among those greenlighted.

The EU said China is 'subject to confirmation of reciprocity, ' meaning it must lift all restrictions on European citizens entering China before it will allow Chinese citizens back in.

The United States and Russian Federation are not included.

European Commission introduced its recommendation for the reopening of internal Schengen borders on June 15, so the citizens of European countries would be eligible to travel within the Schengen Zone freely, as they did before the Coronavirus outbreak. The bar was fixed at 16 cases per 100,000 people over the last two weeks.

When EU guidelines were released a few weeks ago officials said the list would take into account the infection rate in countries concerned. Some countries may isolate visitors from outside the bloc for a certain period.

Though the list was legally non-binding, the European Union said member states "remain responsible for implementing the content of the recommendation". The countries that figure on the EU's "safe" list are expected to lift any bans or restrictions that they might have in place on European travellers.

The list has already aroused controversy after sources revealed that the United States - the worst-affected country worldwide by COVID-19 with more than 2.4 million cases, is on the latter list. He now resides in NY writing for BGR.

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.

Countries like Germany and Spain, horrified by the devastation of COVID-19, wanted to play it safe.

The EU extended its ban on visitors not just from the U.S. but from China and from countries such as Russia, Brazil and India where infections are running high.

Whatever is decided in Brussels will exist only as a recommendation since border control remains a national competence and a limited number of flights to and from banned countries have continued throughout the crisis.

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