While border control will ultimately remain the prerogative of each member states, the European Union is hoping that once the list is approved, individual members will reopen their borders to the same third countries in tandem.
Infection rates in Brazil, Russia and India are high too, and they are also unlikely to make the cut.
The list needed a "qualified majority" of European Union countries to be passed, meaning 15 European Union countries representing 65 per cent of the population.
Only Uganda and Rwanda have been listed among the East African Countries. While many will not be ultimately granted access now, they might be greenlighted later on.
That's not likely going to be the case for the United States, which now has the highest number of coronavirus deaths and infections in the world.
The United States is now the country most affected by COVID-19 with more than 125,000 deaths - while Europe believes it has passed the peak of its outbreak.
The E.U.'s 27 members have been drawing up a list of countries whose virus levels are deemed low enough to allow people from those places to travel into the bloc, which has been mostly sealed off since March. The diplomat also said, "with their infection rates ... not even they can believe in that possibility".
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. 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. Something that is still not the case with the US.
The EU revealed its criteria was based on, among other things, states where the "number of new COVID-19 cases over the last 14 days and per 100 000 inhabitants close to or below the EU average (as it stood on 15 June 2020)".
Meanwhile, U.S. officials have voiced their extreme disappointment with the EU's decision. Since Trump took office, he has picked up fights with European leaders on a wide array of issues from trade to the Iran deal.
The move is a sign of how the U.S.is seen by Europe and elsewhere as a global coronavirus hotbed. On the negative side, the United States has banned incoming travelers from Europe's ID check-free travel zone. Tori Emerson Barnes, the U.S. Travel Association Executive Vice President for Public Affairs and Policy, said that the travel ban will likely result in a stalled economic recovery.