Coronavirus: EU set to reopen borders to 14 countries on 1 July

People line up to visit the Eiffel Tower in Paris

People line up to visit the Eiffel Tower in Paris

Once that happens, restrictions on non-essential travel to Europe, which were imposed in March to halt new virus cases from entering, would gradually be lifted.

At the same time, China will be listed as a safe country, according to the newspaper, but only on the condition that it reopens its borders for the European Union in return. "But it's proven to be hard, and officials said the United States and other nations had been lobbying intensely to get on the safe list".

One possible scenario would see the list updated every two weeks, allowing for a swift removal of banned countries as the pandemic evolves.

As the criteria are narrowed down, a list of countries whose citizens might be allowed in is being drawn up. Plenty of travelers from other countries, including China, will still be able to fly to countries in the European Union when regular air travel resumes. More than 10 million Europeans usually visit the United States each year.

Asked about the reopening of transatlantic travel, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Thursday, June 25, said Washington was "working with our European counterparts to get that right".

"We've denied travel to Europe and vice-versa".

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But Pompeo said it's important for everyone to help "get our global economy back going again". "That's the posture that we all sit in now, and I think we're all taking seriously the need to figure out how to get this up", he said.

The 27-member bloc is considering allowing travelers from China in return for the Asian country lifting its travel ban for European Union nations and will also call on Japan and other countries on the list to remove their travel restrictions.

The European Union is set to ban most travellers from the U.S. from entering the bloc after borders reopen on 1 July, The New York Times reported on Friday, citing EU officials.

The United States appears nearly certain not to make the list, as new infections surge and given that President Donald Trump has imposed a ban on European travelers.

However, the health-based criteria has collided with geopolitics, with some countries reluctant to collectively ban the U.S. while welcoming visitors from China, where the pandemic began.

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