European Union to reopen borders to travellers from 14 countries, including Australians

Morocco Makes EU’s Finalized ‘Safe Countries’ List for Schengen Travel

The agreement between European Union states will gradually lift travel restrictions for non-EU nationals which were adopted in mid-March to contain the spread of COVID-19.

The EU says China is "subject to confirmation of reciprocity", meaning it must lift all restrictions on European citizens entering China before it will allow Chinese citizens back in.

Euronews has obtained, from European Union diplomatic sources, the latest draft list of the countries for which Europe's borders will be open, and can confirm what we reported on Wednesday that Brazil, the USA and Russian Federation are indeed not on the approved list.

The EU's efforts to reopen internal borders, particularly among the 26-nation Schengen area which normally has no frontier checks, have been patchy as various countries have restricted access for certain visitors.

The European Union has agreed to keep the USA off an initial "safe list" of 14 countries from which it will allow non-essential travel starting in July, according to the European Council.

The list was to be reviewed every two weeks and could updated after consultations with the European Commission and the relevant EU agencies and services following an overall assessment based on those criteria above.

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The 27-member bloc is expected to give outline approval to leisure or business travel from Wednesday to 14 countries beyond its borders when they vote on the list by midday Brussels time (1000 GMT), the diplomats said.

Though the list was legally non-binding, the European Union said member states "remain responsible for implementing the content of the recommendation".

Between the lines: The guidelines allow people from countries where the average number of infections per 100,000 inhabitants over the last two weeks is similar or below the EU's, and that have reported a declining case trend.

The United States is not on the list. There are now 15 countries on the draft list for the border to be reopened.

Countries like Germany and Spain, horrified by the devastation of COVID-19, wanted to play it safe.

The United States is now the country most affected by COVID-19 with more than 125,000 deaths - while Europe believes it has passed the peak of its outbreak.

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