United States not on EU's 'safe' travel list, diplomats say

The agreement is non-binding, but countries allowing in travelers from non-listed external countries risk having their European Union peers again closing the borders and not letting the citizens of non-abiding countries enter.

The EU's decision came on Tuesday, a day after Arizona Governor Doug Ducey issued an order to close bars, gyms, movie theatres and water parks, and officials in Republican and Democratic strongholds alike mandated the wearing of masks.

Countries considered for the safe list are also expected to lift any bans they might have in place on European travellers.

The list will act as a recommendation to European Union members, meaning they will nearly certainly not allow access to travellers from other countries, but could potentially set restrictions on those entering from the 14 nations.

The 14 countries that made it onto the list of states to be allowed into the bloc include Australia, Canada, and Thailand. "Travel restrictions should be lifted for countries listed in the recommendation, with this list being reviewed and, as the case may be, updated every two weeks", according to an European Union communique Tuesday morning.

National authorities "should not decide to lift the travel restrictions. before this has been decided in a coordinated manner", the statement added.

It is said the countries however managed to create a list of the countries with a better epidemiological situation, the citizens of which will be able to enter Europe by the end of next week.

The EU imposed restrictions on non-essential travel to its 27 nations, plus Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland, which are part of the Schengen open-borders area, in March to halt the spread of the virus.

In March, President Donald Trump suspended all people from Europe´s ID check-free travel zone from entering the USA, making it unlikely now that US citizens would qualify to enter the EU.

The compilation of the list divided the European countries - Spain and Germany, which are among the most affected by COVID-19, wanted to bet on more security and allow travel for a limited number of people.


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