The European Union has changed the list of safe travel countries to 11 non-member countries following the removal of Algeria from the list, according to a statement issued by the European Council on Thursday.
According to the statement, the EU will phase out travel restrictions at the external borders for residents of Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia and Uruguay.
The U.S. remains on the list of restricted nations, and China is still awaiting approval on the basis of reciprocity.
“The criteria for identifying third countries for which the current travel restriction should be lifted include, in particular, the epidemiological situation and isolation measures, including physical remoteness, as well as economic and social considerations. They apply together,” the report said. “Reciprocity should also be taken into account on a regular basis and on a case-by-case basis.”
The statement added that for non-EU countries to be considered safe to travel, the number of coronavirus cases per 100,000 population is close to or below the EU average in the last 14 days, as well as stable or declining new cases over the previous 14 days. .
The EU also takes into account other countries’ “joint response to COVID-19”, including whether they have implemented reliable coronavirus testing, surveillance, contact tracing, isolation, treatment and reporting.
Peaks that continue to impose travel restrictions provide for exemptions for EU citizens, long-term residents of the EU, families and citizens of EU citizens, and “travelers performing a necessary function or need”.
The European Council stated that it would continue to review the list of safe travel countries on a regular basis, adding: “Travel restrictions may be lifted, in whole or in part, or reintroduced for a specific third country already included in the list, subject to changes in certain conditions. assessing the epidemiological situation. If the situation in a listed third country deteriorates rapidly, rapid decision-making should apply. “
However, it is up to the EU Member States to decide exactly how to implement any changes to border policy.