According to a report, the European Union has named 14 countries whose citizens it feels are "safe" to travel to the continent amid the coronavirus pandemic but the United States, China, Brazil and Russian Federation have been excluded from the list.
British residents can also travel to many European Union countries, although non-essential travelers to Britain are required to self-isolate for 14 days.
European Union officials have been quick to point out that decisions on who can and cannot enter the bloc are not political, but based on science that allows member states to keep their citizens safe.
European Union envoys to Brussels have launched a written procedure which would see the list endorsed Tuesday as long as no objections are raised by member countries.
The full list of 14 countries is Algeria, Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Montenegro, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, Serbia, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, and Uruguay.Читайте также: Poland's Duda fails to gain majority in presidential election, says exit poll
The commission said that citizens of Brazil, Qatar, the U.S. and Russian Federation would only be able to enter Europe at a later date when the epidemiological situation in these countries improves.
The Croatian EU presidency has, however, given member states to take a position on a list of countries likely to be allowed to enter the Schengen area as some member states has asked for more time to decide.
An EU diplomat said the bloc's executive commission had proposed three criteria for allowing in passengers from third countries, including the epidemiological situation of that country, but EU member countries would have to determine what the relevant measurements and thresholds should be. The Politico website said one covered countries with fewer than 16 Covid-19 cases per 100,000 people and the other with up to 20 cases, which would include Canada and Turkey. They pushed to have a short list of countries with low infection rates, a good health service and reliable health data. However, today, June 29, a meeting was held in Brussels, at which they chose to revise the list and reduced it to 15 countries.
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