European Union lifting travel ban for 14 countries

EU delays decision on external border reopening

EU delays decision on external border reopening

European Union governments extended a travel ban for USA residents, deeming the American response to the coronavirus pandemic insufficient to allow its citizens to enter the bloc for non-essential reasons.

The EU states: "A Member State should not decide to lift the travel restrictions for non-listed third countries before this has been decided in a coordinated manner". Meanwhile, Brazil, Russia, and the United States will likely be excluded, due to their current high numbers of positive cases.

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 list of safe countries now provisionally includes China, although certain conditions have to be met, but it does not include the US, Brazil, India or Russian Federation.

The news outlet reported that ambassadors from the 27 European Union members convened from Friday afternoon to establish criteria for granting quarantine-free access from next Wednesday.

Greece is mandating Covid-19 tests for arrivals from a range of European Union countries, including France, Italy, the Netherlands and Spain, with self-isolation until results are known.

The EU on 17 March closed its borders to non-member states due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

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

The approved countries have been selected based on infection rates, containment measures and overall response to COVID-19.

Talks dragged on with some European Union members wanting to limit the reopening to countries with an epidemiological situation "comparable or better" than that in the bloc - that is with 16 or fewer cases of COVID-19 per 100,000 inhabitants over the past two weeks. More than 15 million Americans visit the EU each year, with around 10 million European visitors traveling to the US annually. Switzerland, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway are also exempt from restrictions.

In March, President Donald Trump suspended all people from Europe´s ID check-free travel zone from entering the US, making it unlikely now that USA citizens would qualify to enter the EU.

When EU guidelines were released a few weeks ago officials said the list would take into account the infection rate in countries concerned.

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

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