Coronavirus: EU to allow in visitors from 14 ‘safe’ countries

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The EU has named 14 countries whose citizens are deemed “safe” to be let in from 1 July, despite the pandemic – but the US, Brazil, and China are excluded.

Those named include Australia, Canada, Japan, Morocco, and South Korea.

The EU said it is ready to add China if the Chinese government would offer a reciprocal deal for EU travellers.

A larger number of border controls have been lifted for EU citizens travelling inside the bloc. The rules for UK travellers are part of the current Brexit negotiations.

However, UK nationals are still to be treated in the same way as EU citizens until the end of the Brexit transition period on 31 December, said the EU Commission.

During this period, UK nationals and their family members are exempt from the EU’s temporary travel restrictions.

The current “safe” list, still likely to be amended, are Algeria, Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Montenegro, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, Serbia, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia and Uruguay.

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