The European Union has revised the list of safe travel countries for 11 non-member states after removing Algeria from the list, according to a European Council statement issued on Thursday.
The EU will gradually lift travel restrictions at the external borders for residents of Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea. Below, Thailand, Tunisia, and Uruguay, according to the statement.
The United States remains on the list of restricted nations, and China is still pending approval based on reciprocity.
“The criteria for determining the third countries for which the current travel restriction is to be lifted cover in particular the epidemiological situation and containment measures, including physical distance, as well as considerations. economic and social. They are applied cumulatively, “the statement said. “Reciprocity should also be considered regularly and on a case-by-case basis.”
The statement added that in order to be considered safe for travel, non-EU nations must have numbers of coronavirus cases per 100,000 inhabitants that are close to or below the EU average during the EU. last 14 days, as well as a steady or declining trend of the new. cases during that period compared to the previous 14 days.
The EU is also taking into account the “overall response of other nations to COVID-19,” including whether they have implemented reliable coronavirus testing, surveillance, contact tracing, containment, treatment and reporting.
In countries where travel restrictions continue to apply, there are exemptions for EU citizens, long-term EU residents, families of EU residents and citizens, and for “travelers with an essential function or need. “
The European Council said it would continue to regularly review the list of safe travel countries, adding, “Travel restrictions may be completely or partially removed or reintroduced to a specific third country already listed under changes in some conditions and, as a consequence, in the assessment of the epidemiological situation. If the situation in a listed third country deteriorates rapidly, rapid decision-making shall be applied. “
However, it is up to EU member states to decide exactly how to implement any changes to border policy.