Coronavirus: EU to allow in visitors from 14 'safe' countries

Cheryl Sanders
June 30, 2020

An EU diplomat said the bloc's executive commission had proposed three criteria for allowing in passengers from third countries, including the epidemiological situation of that country, but EU member countries would have to determine what the relevant measurements and thresholds should be.

Last week reports said member states were assessing two different lists.

New Zealand has been declared "safe" by the European Union, allowing Kiwi citizens to travel to Europe, according to media reports.

Nigeria has been excluded from the list of countries whose travellers could be received into Europe when the borders reopen on July 1.

The envoys were expected to have narrowed down later Saturday the exact criteria for countries to make the list, which include the way the spread of the virus is being managed.

Countries like the United States, Brazil and Russian Federation have also been excluded from the list.

Non-essential travel to the European Union has been blocked since mid-March.

According to Schengen Visa Website, Kenyans, Burundians, and Tanzanian were among the affected citizens whose travels to any of the European Union member state will not be permitted.

The EU authorities are also keeping an eye on the trend of stability or decrease in new cases as well as measures a country has put in place to fight against the pandemic, such as testing practices.

Earlier this month the European Commission also stressed that reopening borders with non-EU states in the Western Balkans was a priority from 1 July.

New Zealanders will be able to travel to Europe from tomorrow.

Brussels fears that opening up to countries outside in an ad hoc way could lead to the reintroduction of border controls between nations inside the Schengen area, threatening once again Europe's cherished principle of free movement, which allows people and goods to cross borders without checks.

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