The European Union opens its doors to tourists from the United States and five other countries

FILE PHOTO: A man walks into a station at Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport near Paris on February 5, 2021. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes

European Union countries gave the green light on Wednesday to add the United States and five other countries to the list of safe countries from an epidemiological point of view, whose citizens can travel to the European Union for pleasure and not only within the framework of basic displacement, looking at evey European sources.

The idea has been raised before Portugal, the country that chairs the Council of the European Union this semester, and was approved on Wednesday at a meeting of ambassadors of member states to the European Union (Coreper).

Other countries from which restrictions are proposed to be lifted taking into account the epidemiological situation and response to the COVID-19 epidemic Albania, Lebanon, North Macedonia, Serbia and Taiwan, referred to the same sources.

Several passengers on board a flight from Casablanca (Morocco), in Terminal T1 of Madrid-Barajas Adolfo Suarez Airport, in Madrid (Spain), on March 30, 2021. Alberto Ortega - Europa Press
Several passengers on board a flight from Casablanca (Morocco), in Terminal T1 of Madrid-Barajas Adolfo Suarez Airport, in Madrid (Spain), on March 30, 2021. Alberto Ortega – Europa Press

On the other hand, the European Union agreed this Wednesday Reciprocity clause removed for Chinese regions of Macau and Hong Kong, which was already among the areas to which the European Union allowed non-essential travel.

from that way, Citizens of these regions will be able to enter the European Union regardless of whether or not the same conditions apply to Europeans traveling to them..

The criteria for identifying third countries from which travel restrictions should be lifted in the past have been updated May 20.

FILE PHOTO: Fiumicino Airport near Rome, Italy on May 17, 2021. REUTERS/Remo Caselli
From the file: Fiumicino Airport near Rome, Italy on May 17, 2021. REUTERS/Remo Caselli

The EU list, which is updated every two weeks, also includes Australia, Israel, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Singapore as well as China On the basis of reciprocity.

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To determine who to add to, the The epidemiological situation and general response to COVID-19, as well as the reliability and availability of information.

For the citizens of the mentioned countries, Each Member State decides whether or not to impose quarantine upon arrival on its territory.

(With information from EFE)

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