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European Union to Open Borders to Certain Countries Starting July

June 28, 2020
As the rest of the world tries to get used to the new normal, the European Union is more focused on getting things back to normal. They've just announced that they will start reopening their borders on July 1, 2020, allowing people from certain countries to travel to the continent once again.

European Union to Open Borders to Certain Countries Starting July

 

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, countries of the EU joined many other nations in closing down their borders, barring international travel. The disease affected countries such as Italy and Spain, with the former even becoming the epicenter of the pandemic at one time. But now, as the number of new cases in Europe begins the decline each day, the Union has decided it's time to reopen its international borders. Diplomats had been debating these past few weeks on how to go about lifting the travel bans, coming up with lists of countries who will be allowed entry, and those who will remain banned. 

 

According to POLITICO, the EU came up with the criteria to determine which countries will be permitted to enter Europe and which will not. After days of discussions and debates, the diplomats decided that countries that have a coronavirus infection rate that's comparatively similar to or lower than that of the EU will be allowed entry. The Union has also looked into the current trend of the increase and decrease of cases in these countries and how effectively they're handling the pandemic.  As a result, they've come up with a handful of countries they're now officially allowing to travel to Europe again. 

 

European Union to Open Borders to Certain Countries Starting July

 

For now, the list of those allowed entry into Europe consists of 54 countries. In the coming months, the list will change depending on the current situation of said countries and those that are yet to be included on this list. They include: 

 

Albania

Algeria

Andorra

Angola

Australia

Bahamas

Bhutan

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Canada

China

Costa Rica

Cuba

Dominican Republic

Egypt

Ethiopia

Georgia

Guyana

India

Indonesia

Jamaica

Japan

Kazakhstan

Kosovo

Lebanon

Mauritius

Monaco

Mongolia

Montenegro

Morocco

Mozambique

Myanmar

Namibia

New Zealand

Nicaragua

Palau

Paraguay

Rwanda

Saint Lucia

Serbia

South Korea

Tajikistan

Thailand

Tunisia

Turkey

Turkmenistan

Uganda

Ukraine

Uruguay

Uzbekistan

Vatican City

Venezuela

Vietnam

Zambia

 

European Union to Open Borders to Certain Countries Starting July

 

Meanwhile, citizens from countries USA, Israel, Russia, and Turkey remain on the banned list for now. As for the UK, as there hasn't been a Brexit deal finalized, British citizens continue to be recognized as EU citizens. If you want more info and updates, check out Schengen Visa Info

 

Despite the agreed-upon lists, however, capitals of each European country reserve the right to grant or ban entry of non-Eu citizens to their respective territories. Though the European Commission hopes that all nation-members company with the general consensus of the next steps forward. The upcoming reopening of EU borders follows the lifting of lockdown measures of various European countries as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. For instance, France started lifting its lockdown in mid-May 2020 and continues to gradually go back to normal. 

 

European Union to Open Borders to Certain Countries Starting July

 

For now, the EU is set to finally bring tourism back to the continent by opening their borders again to a number of countries. And it's the perfect time for it too as summer is just around the corner! Do you have your European vacation ideas ready? Who knows? You might be able to travel here in the next few months! 

 



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