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COVID SCOOP: EU EXCLUDES US IN DRAFT LIST OF WELCOME COUNTRIES

EU releases draft list of welcomed visitors sans US

While the European Union (EU) is poised to open its external borders beginning July 1 to designated countries, so far it appears as though Russian, Brazilian and U.S. citizens have been barred based on the ongoing COVID-19 crisis.

Original date of publication: June 26, 2020

Kemwel car rental and travel newsKemwel - As the EU prepares to re-open its international borders on July 1 after months of battling COVID-19, anxious travelers continue to wonder what summer 2020 will entail following a recent draft list of welcomed visitors by the organization. At this point in the deliberation process, travelers from the United States, Russia and Brazil have been barred due to the ongoing public health crises in these countries. 

On June 23, EU officials gathered in Brussels to compile a list of nations allowed to enter the bloc. For non-Schengen countries, the commission has created guidelines based on health data and national containment measures to curb the coronavirus. The general criterion stressed that countries must have the same amount of new infections per 100,000 people, which equates to the EU average.

Thus far in the deliberation process, sources say that citizens from hard-hit places like the United States won’t be hopping across the Atlantic anytime soon due to rising numbers.

Towards the end of June 2020, the United States ranked as the worst-hit country with over 2.4 million cases and more than 120,000 deaths. While other nations like Brazil and Russia continue to struggle to contain their own outbreaks, many EU nations have managed to halt the virus since enacting strict measures in mid-March. 

As the bloc prepares to open borders beginning July 1, nations such as China, Japan, Australia and Canada can all anticipate summer travels in Europe based on the initial list. Likewise, places like New Zealand and Montenegro have largely succeeded in eradicating the virus.

Meanwhile, countries such as the United States, Brazil, Russia and even Qatar will need to gain their bearings before planning any car rental excursions in Europe. Below are the countries with the current green light, according to Euro News. 

Countries able to travel to EU in summer 2020

Car Lease Location Pin Albania Car Lease Location Pin Algeria Car Lease Location Pin Andorra Car Lease Location Pin Angola
Car Lease Location Pin Australia Car Lease Location Pin Bahamas Car Lease Location Pin Bhutan Car Lease Location Pin Bosnia and Herzegovina
Car Lease Location Pin Canada Car Lease Location Pin China Car Lease Location Pin Costa Rica Car Lease Location Pin Cuba
Car Lease Location Pin Dominica Car Lease Location Pin Egypt Car Lease Location Pin Ethiopia Car Lease Location Pin Georgia
Car Lease Location Pin Guyana Car Lease Location Pin India Car Lease Location Pin Indonesia Car Lease Location Pin Jamaica
Car Lease Location Pin Japan Car Lease Location Pin Kazakhstan Car Lease Location Pin Kosovo Car Lease Location Pin Lebanon
Car Lease Location Pin Mauritius Car Lease Location Pin Monaco Car Lease Location Pin Mongolia Car Lease Location Pin Montenegro
Car Lease Location Pin Morocco Car Lease Location Pin Mozambique Car Lease Location Pin Myanmar Car Lease Location Pin Namibia
Car Lease Location Pin New Zealand Car Lease Location Pin Nicaragua Car Lease Location Pin North Korea Car Lease Location Pin Palau
Car Lease Location Pin Paraguay Car Lease Location Pin Rwanda Car Lease Location Pin Saint Lucia Car Lease Location Pin Serbia
Car Lease Location Pin South Korea Car Lease Location Pin Tajikistan Car Lease Location Pin Thailand Car Lease Location Pin Tunisia
Car Lease Location Pin Turkey Car Lease Location Pin Turkmenistan Car Lease Location Pin Uganda Car Lease Location Pin Ukraine
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Among the 27 EU states, the creation of a unified list of “outsiders” welcomed to the bloc is an attempt to re-stimulate trade and travel lost during the pandemic. All the while, it’s also a step towards restarting the internal open-border policies among members and nations with similar approaches.

“Following the lifting of all internal border checks inside the Union, we are proposing a clear and flexible approach towards removing restrictions on travel to the EU starting on July 1," said Commissioner for Home Affairs, Ylva Johansson. For her and other officials, the gradual revitalization of the region's tourism industry is one of the EU's primary goals for July 1's policy shift.

"International travel is key for tourism and business, and for family and friends reconnecting. While we will all have to remain careful, the time has come to make concrete preparations for lifting restrictions with countries whose health situation is similar to the EU's and for resuming visa operations.”

Leaders based in Brussels at the EU headquarters reportedly made this list based on scientific figures rather than political differences in regards to governmental responses to the coronavirus. Officials will also revise the list every two weeks as infection rates ebb and flow.