EU Advises Covid-19 Travel Restrictions on Visitors from the United States and Israel
The European Council on Monday removed a total of six countries, including the United States and Israel, from the list of safe third countries for non-essential travel into the EU.
The removal from the list means that the Council recommends for EU member states to reintroduce temporary entry bans or travel restrictions for visitors from the United States and Israel due to the surge in coronavirus (Covid-19) infections and hospitalizations that have been recorded.
Kosovo, Lebanon, Montenegro and the Republic of North Macedonia were also dropped from the EU’s list.
It should be reminded that the Council’s recommendation is not a legally binding instrument.
The list of epidemiologically safe third countries for which EU member states should lift travel restrictions is reviewed every two weeks and, as the case may be, updated.
Updated list of safe third countries
According to the Council, following a review of its recommendation on the gradual lifting of the temporary restrictions on non-essential travel into the EU, member states as from August 30 should gradually open their external borders for residents of the following third countries, special administrative regions and territories: Albania, Armenia, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Hercegovina, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Japan, Jordan, New Zealand, Qatar, Republic of Moldova, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, South Korea, Ukraine and China (subject to confirmation of reciprocity).
Moreover, the Council advised for travel restrictions to be gradually lifted for Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan.
According to the Council, the criteria to determine the third countries for which travel restrictions should be lifted cover the epidemiological situation and overall response to COVID-19, as well as the reliability of the available information and data sources.
Residents of Andorra, Monaco, San Marino and the Vatican should be considered as EU residents for the purpose of the Council’s recommendation.
Schengen associated countries (Iceland, Lichtenstein, Norway, Switzerland) also take part in the recommendation.