The European Union has agreed to keep the US off an initial "safe list" of 14 countries from which it will allow non-essential travel starting in July, according to the European Council. However, EU member Croatia announced on Wednesday that travellers from Serbia, Kosovo, Bosnia and North Macedonia would all face 14-day self-isolation, because of an increase in infections.
A qualified majority of European Union countries have signed off on list, she reports.
An update of the countries on the entry list to Europe include Algeria, Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Montenegro, Morocco, and New Zealand.
While border control will ultimately remain the prerogative of each member states, the European Union is hoping that once the list is approved, individual members will reopen their borders to the same third countries in tandem.More news: China passes Hong Kong security law
The EU has released two lists, one for those that will be accepted, and one for those who will not.
Restrictions for travel within the European Union and with Schengen countries had already been lifted on June 15, but now citizens from 14 more countries around the world have been labelled safe to be let in.
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.
The same sources have also confirmed that citizens of Brazil, Qatar, the U.S. and Russian Federation will only be able to enter Europe at a later date when the epidemiological situation in these countries improves.More news: Breaking! India's first coronavirus vaccine candidate approved for human trials; details inside
The EU will continue to ban travellers from the U.S. and most other countries beyond July 1, EU diplomats told German news agency dpa.
The second diplomat said member states were considering using a country's rate of infection per 100,000 people to decide whether to allow in passengers, but had not yet agreed at what threshold to set this criteria.
According to Euronews, a European pay television news network, headquartered in Lyon, France, the criteria used to select the countries was based on epidemiological data.
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