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Europe reopens borders to select countries in July

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Europe is keen to lift travel restrictions on citizens from countries which had the coronavirus outbreak under control. Credit: Jorisvo/Getty Images
Europe is keen to lift travel restrictions on citizens from countries which had the coronavirus outbreak under control. Credit: Jorisvo/Getty Images

The European Union has announced a list of countries that are permitted entry when the bloc's international borders are scheduled to reopen on 1 July.

The New York Times reported that the proposed list of countries that Europe will reopen its borders to are Algeria, Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Montenegro, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, Serbia, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay, Andorra, San Marino, Monaco and the Vatican.

Travellers from China will be allowed to enter if Beijing agrees to a reciprocal arrangement for Europeans, the report added.

Notably, the United States, currently the world's worst-affected country by Covid-19 with more than 2.4 million cases, is not on the approved list. Other countries on the travel ban list include Russia and Brazil.

Euronews reported that EU nations are divided over the decision to draw up the lists based on epidemiological data, with some maintaining that data about Covid rates is not reliable.

The list is expected to be updated every fortnightly.

EU borders were closed in mid-March to contain the Covid-19 pandemic, but since 15 June, EU countries have reopened borders within the bloc to trial tourist visits.

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