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EU excludes United States from 'safe' travel list

Wednesday, July 01, 2020, 15:54 GMT+7
EU excludes United States from 'safe' travel list
A passenger wearing a protective face mask walks at Fiumicino Airport, where new security measures have been implemented ahead of a further loosening of movement restrictions on June 3, when Italy is due to reopen its borders to travellers from Europe to unwind its rigid lockdown due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Rome, Italy, May 28, 2020. Photo: Reuters

BRUSSELS -- The European Union has excluded the United States from its initial “safe list” of countries from which the bloc will allow non-essential travel from Wednesday.

The 27-member bloc gave majority approval on Tuesday to leisure or business travel from 14 countries beyond its borders, the Council of the EU, which represents EU governments.

The countries are Algeria, Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Montenegro, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, Serbia, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia and Uruguay.

China has also been provisionally approved, although travel would only open up if Chinese authorities also allowed in EU visitors. Reciprocity is a condition of being on the list.

Russia, Brazil and Turkey, along with the United States, are among countries whose containment of the virus is considered worse than the EU average, and so will have to wait at least two weeks for approval.

The move is aimed at supporting the EU travel industry and tourist destinations, particularly countries in southern Europe hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Russia, Brazil and Turkey, along with the United States, are among countries whose containment of the virus is considered worse than the EU average, and so will have to wait at least two weeks for approval.

The move is aimed at supporting the EU travel industry and tourist destinations, particularly countries in southern Europe hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Reuters

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