European Union states discuss borders reopening for some non-Schengen countries, USA excluded

Elias Hubbard
June 30, 2020

It is known that Brazil, the U.S. and Russian Federation are on the red list, that is, their citizens are banned to enter Europe.

On Monday, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern warned that those planning to leave the country for "non-essential" reasons during the Covid-19 pandemic might be left picking up their isolation or quarantine bill on return.

Dr Ronan Glynn, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said on Monday: "Today we are reporting at least six cases associated with global travel". The EU released list of nations whose citizens will enter its borders beginning July 1.

The list of countries outside the Schengen area proposed at a diplomatic meeting on Friday evening include Algeria, Australia, Georgia, Japan, Montenegro, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, Serbia, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia and Uruguay.

The EU procedure to formalize the list, and criteria by which countries are judged safe or not, are to be finalized by midday on Tuesday.

"We have not set the final objective criteria so the first list of countries has not been written".

Countries that have been barred will only be able to enter the bloc at a later date when the epidemiological situation in these countries improves.

Although the border controls remain under the jurisdiction of each member state, the European Union, due to the free movement in the Schengen area, strives to coordinate the question on travellers from outside the block during the crisis as much as possible.

"We'll work closely with our European friends, broadly, because I know there's different views", Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said, Thursday.

The two curves clearly show the European Union and United States heading in opposite directions in dealing with the Covid-19 outbreak.

The BBC's Europe editor, Katya Adler, says the European Union written procedure to formalise the list, and criteria by which countries are judged safe or not, are to be finalised by midday on Tuesday.

Although the EU Council's recommendation was not a legal binding instrument, only travel restrictions on the countries on the "safe" list could be lifted.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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