The Council of the European Union (EU), the body in which the countries of the community club are represented, included this Friday USA and 12 other countries on the list of epidemiologically safe states, whose citizens can travel to the EU for pleasure and not just for essential reasons.
The proposal to add to USA It had been raised by Portugal, the country that presides over the Council this semester, and was approved this Wednesday at a meeting of the ambassadors of the member states to the EU (Coreper).
Now the green light of the European institution has become effective with the publication of the updated list, which is reviewed every two weeks.
The other countries for which EU countries can gradually lift restrictions from this Friday are Albania, Australia, Israel, Japan, Lebanon, New Zealand, North Macedonia, Rwanda, Serbia, Singapore, South Korea, and Thailand.
In addition, in a statement, the Council noted that non-essential travel from the Chinese special administrative zones of Hong Kong and Macau, which until now required the principle of reciprocity, while this condition continues to be maintained for China.
In this way, citizens from these areas will be able to enter the EU regardless of whether or not the same conditions apply to theEuropeans who travel to them.
It is also recommended to allow non-essential travel from Taiwan.
The EU had banned visitors from the US and other high-risk countries during the pandemic, which froze the usual flow of visitors. In 2019 alone, more than 17 million people traveled to Europe from the United States.
The criteria for determining the third countries for which the travel restriction They were updated on May 20.
In deciding which ones are included in this list, the epidemiological situation and the general response to the COVID-19, as well as the reliability and availability of information.
For citizens of the listed countries, each Member State decides whether or not to quarantine the country. arrival in its territory.