US neglected as European Union reopens borders to 15 international locations

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The European Union has excluded the United States from its preliminary “safe list” of nations from which the bloc will enable non-essential journey from Wednesday.

The 27-member bloc gave approval on Tuesday to leisure or enterprise journey from 14 international locations past its borders, the Council of the EU, which represents EU governments, stated in a press release.

The international locations are Algeria, Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Montenegro, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, Serbia, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia and Uruguay.

China has additionally been provisionally accepted, though journey would solely open up if Chinese authorities additionally allowed in EU guests. Reciprocity is a situation of being on the record.

Russia, Brazil and Turkey, together with the United States, are amongst international locations whose containment of the virus is taken into account worse than that of the EU common and so should wait no less than two weeks. The bloc will perform fortnightly critiques.

The transfer is aimed toward supporting the EU journey trade and vacationer locations, notably international locations in southern Europe hardest hit by the Covid-19 pandemic.

The record wanted a “qualified majority” of EU international locations to be handed, that means 15 EU international locations representing 65% of the inhabitants.

It acts as a suggestion to EU members, that means they might doubtlessly set restrictions on these coming into from the 14 nations and can virtually definitely not enable entry to travellers from different international locations.

The EU’s efforts to reopen inner borders, notably among the many 26-nation Schengen space which usually has no frontier checks, have been patchy as numerous international locations have restricted entry for sure guests.

Greece is mandating Covid-19 assessments for arrivals from a variety of EU international locations, together with France, Italy, the Netherlands and Spain, with self-isolation till outcomes are recognized.

The Czech Republic will not be permitting in vacationers from Portugal and Sweden.

British residents may journey to many EU international locations, though non-essential travellers to Britain are required to self-isolate for 14 days.

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