On Friday, the European Union removed Morocco from its safe list of countries whose residents are allowed to enter the Schengen area. About a week ago, Algeria suffered a similar fate. Thus, there are only 10 countries left on that list. The changes come into force today, 8 August.
The EU considers Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia and Uruguay to be safe countries where the Coronavirus pandemic is largely under control. Chinese nationals have also been approved for entry, but the decision will take effect if the Chinese authorities allow entry of visitors from Europe.
Travellers from Brazil, USA and Russia will be able to enter Europe only when the epidemiological situation in these countries improves.
This list is recommendatory, but not obligatory. However, it is highly unlikely that any EU member state will open its borders to countries that are not on the list. In such a case, the state that made such a decision may be subject to border isolation by its neighboring countries.
However, even when traveling within the EU in certain countries, COVID-19 tests are required upon arrival.
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