After four months of travel bans, Europe will soon be officially open to visitors from some 54 countries. Neither the United States nor Brazil, Qatar and Russia. Australia, Canada, China, Costa Rica and Turkey yes.
After much debate, particularly over the inclusion criteria, the list of approved countries should be revealed this week. It will be reviewed every two weeks.
But according to Euronews, the planned July 1 date for the reopening of the EU border may be delayed. Since officials cannot decide which countries will make the welcome list and which will not.
There is also a heated discussion, he says, about the criteria used to determine the two lists. “When the EU guidelines were published two weeks ago, officials said the list would take into account the infection rate in affected countries,” according to epidemiological data.
“There are now 54 on the acceptable draft list … it is clear that these numbers may continue to fluctuate.”
54 countries are welcome, give or take some
Here are those countries, in alphabetical order, for which Europe plans to lift the travel ban. They are the ones who have hitherto reached a preliminary list for the return of international tourism in Europe. Euronews says it obtained the list “from EU diplomatic sources” on Thursday.
In addition to the nations of Canada and the Caribbean, it includes many Southeast and Central European countries as expected. In addition to Africa, the western Pacific and Southeast Asia.
About 50 nations have been put on a banned list. Borders will not be reopened to them. More details should come earlier this week.
Some countries may circumvent the recommendations
UK travelers are being treated as fellow Europeans during the Brexit transition period. Until the end of the year, they enjoy unrestricted travel and are exempt from the travel ban. The UK also plans to keep Americans at bay, with a quarantine on arrival.
The EU’s recommendations to members are just that. The 30 countries that implemented the travel ban since March 17 are not required to enforce it. Some may choose to keep their borders closed to international travelers, even some Europeans. Others, like Greece, may receive visitors from the banned list, from countries with high rates of Covid-19 infection.
EU officials say the list will be updated taking into account the health situation in other countries and its Covid-19 response. But there is another factor that weighs heavily: whether the country has lifted travel restrictions in the EU. Something that is not yet the case with President Trump’s travel ban on Europe.
Bosnia and Herzegovina