The EU opens its borders, but not to Americans

  • The EU opens its borders, but not to Americans

The EU opens its borders, but not to Americans

Russian Federation and Brazil, along with the United States, are among countries that did not make the initial "safe list".

Whatever is decided in Brussels will exist only as a recommendation since border control remains a national competence and a limited number of flights to and from banned countries have continued throughout the crisis.

Countries like Germany and Spain, horrified by the devastation of COVID-19, wanted to play it safe.

Forty-six per cent of French respondents and 42 per cent of Germans said their views of the USA had worsened "a lot" as a result of the pandemic - the highest results among the nine member states surveyed which also included Italy, Poland, Bulgaria, and Sweden.

Croatia, which now holds the EU's rotating presidency, requested that countries offer feedback by Saturday at 1600 GMT, with hopes the matter could then be put to a vote among the 27 member states.

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

More than 15 million Americans are estimated to travel to Europe each year, while some 10 million Europeans head across the Atlantic.

Neither. According to the European Commission, UK nationals are still to be treated in the same way as EU citizens until the end of the Brexit transition period (31.12.2020).

The NYT had said it is unclear if American officials were aware of the development.

The Commission also recommended that from July 1, the Member States should start permitting third-country nationals to enter the European Union, if the COVID-19 situation permits such a step to be taken.

A qualified majority of EU countries - at least 55% of the EU countries, representing 65% of the EU population - have signed off on list.

China made it to the list, which will be updated every two weeks, but on the condition that Beijing do the same for Europeans, a statement said.

When EU guidelines were released a few weeks ago officials said the list would take into account the infection rate in countries concerned. "If the situation in a listed third country worsens quickly, rapid decision-making should be applied".