The EU executive spelled out on Thursday (11 June) recommendations to member states to fully reopen the bloc's internal borders on 15 June and then allow travellers from selected countries to enter the bloc from 1 July.
The EU issued the finalised list of "acceptable countries", based on how well the nations are faring in handling the covid-19 pandemic, after a delay of several days due to some EU member states seeking more time to decide.
The commission said that citizens of Brazil, Qatar, the United States and Russian Federation would only be able to enter Europe at a later date when the epidemiological situation in these countries improves.
The countries include Australia, Canada, Japan, Morocco and South Korea.More news: Rolling Stones threaten Donald Trump with lawsuit over rally music
United Kingdom citizens, as well as the family members, are exempted from the temporary travel restriction, and they will be treated in the same way as European Union nationals until the end of the Brexit transition period, on December 31, 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.
"There were splits between those such as Spain - wanting the boost of tourism, but preferring to play safe because they have been hit so hard by COVID-19 - and others like Greece and Portugal, which depend on tourism but are less scarred by the virus", BBC News said.
Additionally, the delegation assured that the initial list would be regularly updated to include additional destinations, once the European Union has evaluated changes in the respective country's circumstances.More news: Citizens of 54 countries allowed to travel to European Union nations from July
The EU is also planning to allow entry to citizens from China, but on the condition that a reciprocal agreement is reached.
In March, when cases were rising in Europe, US President Donald Trump had banned most European Union citizens from entering the United States in a bid to curb the outbreak there, angering European Union officials.
The EU Delegation stressed that a country must not be considered as being blacklisted even if it is not now on the list.
Non-EU citizens who are already living in Europe are not included in the ban.More news: Second pandemic fears as new virus emerges in China