Europe Poised to Reopen Borders to 14 Countries, But Not to Americans or Russians

Salzburg and the Salzach River at night

By Anna Breuer on 28 June 2020
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After four months, the European Union is preparing to reopen its borders, but the list of countries whose citizens will be able to enter will be very short.

Fourteen to be exact.

The Committee of Permanent Representatives, which is comprised of the ambassadors of EU member countries to the bloc, agreed late Friday to allow citizens of Algeria, Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Montenegro, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, Serbia, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, and Uruguay admittance.  The United Kingdom is also on the list as it is being treated as an EU member during its transition year to its exit from the group.

The news was reported by the French newspaper Le Monde.

Non-essential travel to the European Union has been banned since mid-March, but the ban came into effect only after member states individually closed their national borders amidst confusion and without any EU-wide coordination as the pandemic grew.

Citizens of Brazil, Russia, and the United States are out of luck. Also excluded are those citizens from China, Israel, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey, among others.

The list will be reviewed every 14 days based on objective criteria concerning the Covid-19 situation in a given country. The 27 countries took into consideration the epidemiological situation in a given country including the infection rate, rate of transmission, testing capacity, contact tracing, and prevention rules in force.

One such criterion is the rate of new infections per 100,000 members of the population. Based on this, Brazil, Russia, and the United States were excluded as the rate in those countries is much higher than it is in the European Union, where it is 16.

New cases in the United States have spiked across the American South and West over the past two weeks.

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