EU Creates List of 15 Recommended Safe Third Countries
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. The initial list, valid from July 1st, includes the following countries:
China, subject to confirmation of reciprocity
The United States of America and Russia are noticeably absent from the list.
Residents of Andorra, Monaco, San Marino, and the Vatican should be considered as EU residents for the purpose of this recommendation. Schengen associated countries (Iceland, Lichtenstein, Norway, Switzerland) also take part in this recommendation.
For countries where travel restrictions continue to apply, the following categories of people should continue to be exempted from the restrictions:
EU citizens and their family members
long-term EU residents and their family members
travelers with an essential function or need, as listed in the Recommendation.
The Council highlights that the recommendation is not a legally binding instrument. The authorities of the member states remain responsible for implementing the content of the recommendation. They may, in full transparency, lift only progressively travel restrictions towards countries listed.
A Member State should not decide to lift the travel restrictions for non-listed third countries before this has been decided in a coordinated manner. We’ll see how that will influence the decision by the Croatian government, which was announced these days, that they planned to lift any restrictions for residents of Bosnia and Herzegovina and allow them non-conditional entry into Croatia.
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