In addition to China, residents of the following countries are set to be allowed to travel to Europe as of July 1: Algeria, Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Montenegro, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, Serbia, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia and Uruguay.
In the same decision, the European Union will lift travel restrictions for Chinese residents as of July 1, on the condition that Beijing confirms that the same applies to European Union citizens.
The 15 countries from where worldwide travel is permitted are Algeria, Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Montenegro, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, Serbia, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay and China. Reciprocity is a condition of being on the list.
Travel restrictions should be lifted for countries listed in the recommendation, with this list being reviewed and, as the case may be, updated every two weeks, an European Union press release said.
The move is aimed at supporting the European Union travel industry and tourist destinations, particularly countries in southern Europe hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. Shares of Korean Air Lines Co., Korea's No. 1 full-service carrier, rose 1.73 percent to close at 17,650 won ($14.67) on Wednesday on expectations that the number of outbound travelers would increase following the bloc's latest decision. The US, Brazil and India have not made it to the list.
The Council then released a list of 14 nations whose citizens will be allowed to enter the EU's 27 member countries and four other nations in Europe's visa-free Schengen travel zone.
The commission said that citizens of Brazil, Qatar, the United States and Russian Federation would only be able to enter Europe at a later date when the epidemiological situation in these countries improves.