European Union governments extended a travel ban for us residents, deeming the American response to the coronavirus pandemic insufficient to allow its citizens to enter the bloc for non-essential reasons.
The EU cannot agree on a list of "safe countries" from where travellers could visit Europe in July, with some member states requiring more time to decide, diplomats said Saturday (27 June).
Citizens from Algeria, Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Montenegro, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, Serbia, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia and Uruguay will be allowed to reenter the European Union starting on July 1.
Chinese visitors are also welcome on the condition that Beijing grants the same rights to European Union citizens.
The US, Brazil and Russian Federation - countries where the coronavirus is still spreading - will most likely remain excluded for the time being.
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The US, Brazil, Russia and India are not on the "safe list" due to the high rates of incidences of coronavirus. Health Minister Roberto Speranza said Italy was taking the "line of caution" given its battle to contain the outbreak in the onetime epicenter of Europe's COVID-19 emergency. Other elements also weight in heavily, such as whether the country has lifted travel restrictions on the EU.
Countries considered for the safe list are also expected to lift any bans they might have in place on European travelers.
"Travel restrictions may be totally or partially lifted or reintroduced for a specific third country already listed according to changes in some of the conditions and, as a effect, in the assessment of the epidemiological situation", the European Union said in a news release.
A country's overall response to COVID-19.
A European briefing last week noted that the US had seen 107 cases per 100,000 people in the previous 14 days, whereas the average across the E.U. was 16 cases per 100,000 people.
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The EU revealed its criteria was based on, among other things, states where the "number of new COVID-19 cases over the last 14 days and per 100 000 inhabitants close to or below the EU average (as it stood on 15 June 2020)".
The list would allow a "safe and slow start" to the European travel season but it would be reviewed every 14 days, she said.
The countries would also have to lift any bans they might have on European travelers.
"The first and foremost criteria for qualifying for this list of countries is the epidemiological situation, where of course New Zealand is nearly in a unique situation".
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