Coronavirus: EU to allow entry to citizens of Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia

Henrietta Brewer
June 30, 2020

Then in mid-March the Europeans limited all non-essential travel to the 27 EU member states plus Liechtenstein, Iceland, Norway and Switzerland.

Diplomatic sources also told Euronews last week that there is disagreement between nations on the criteria to use for this decision, with some maintaining that data about COVID rates is not reliable.

The gradual lifting requires coordination between 30 countries, including four European Union countries who have yet to join the Schengen area - namely Bulgaria, Romania, Croatia and Southern Cyprus - and four non-EU members of the borderless zone (Norway, Lichtenstein, Switzerland, Iceland).

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.

The Politico Europe news outlet published a list of 19 states over the weekend, which includes Algeria, Andorra, Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Monaco, Montenegro, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, San Marino, Serbia, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay, Vatican, and China.

The EU put in place a temporary restriction of non-essential travel to the bloc on March 17, initially for a period of 30 days but extended on several occasions.

-An overall response to COVID-19 including testing, surveillance, contact tracing, containment, treatment and reporting, as well as the reliability of the information.

How flexible are the recommendations?


When will the list be updated?

The "safe list" will be reviewed every two weeks and adjusted depending on the latest Coronavirus developments in each country. But this will only apply to countries believed to be "safe" of the highly-contagious coronavirus.

How will this affect travelers from the UK?

The Schengen area comprises 22 European Union countries plus Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland, but does not include Ireland.

Are certain countries being excluded for political reasons?

Reciprocity would also be taken into account, the EU Council said. However, those same officials await the response from US President Donald Trump, who has previously attacked the European Union on other issues such as trade and foreign policy.

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