Update October 21: Canada has officially been removed from the EU's ‘safe list', effective immediately.
Since this article was published (On October 20) we have updated the title or this article from ‘may be removed', to removed.
Now that Canada has been removed from the EU's ‘safe' list, Canadian travellers must remember that ALL nations within the EU are permitted to follow the suggestion made by the EU council, or decline to make the changes.
Essentially, that means that some countries will immediately ban Canadians, some might take a week or so to update their rules, and others may never enact the ban.
If you are a Canadian resident and you are travelling to the EU within the next week or so, please contact the consulate for the country you wish to visit, and the border police to find out if you will face a ban or not.
We have compiled a COMPLETE LIST of each EU nation and their official decision to either keep or remove Canada, with dates.
Original article dated October 20th continues below….
Canada is a topic of discussion today at the deliberations in Brussels, specifically, if it should be left on the European Union’s ‘Safe List’, currently comprised of 11 third-party nations permitted to enter the EU.
Canada’s latest surge in cases has worsened its epidemiological situation to the point where the EU is considering axing it from the list.
Since July 1, 2020, Canadian travellers have been enjoying the privilege of being able to enter almost every EU nation with no restrictions, but that pass may soon be revoked.
Back in July, when the EU made the decision to include Canada on the list of safe nations, cases numbers had dropped significantly, and stayed low for almost the entire summer. Then, in September, case numbers have been steadily rising, prompting concern in the EU.
It’s no wonder the EU wants to tighten restrictions, as second waves are hitting almost every European capital. Belgium just closed restaurants for the next 4 weeks, Italy mandated masks be worn both indoors and outdoors, and travel corridor lists have been shrinking at astonishing rates.
So, what does this mean for Canadian travelers?
If Canada is removed from the EU’s safe list, then Canadian tourists will no longer be permitted into many European countries.
Currently, Canadians can travel to these follow EU nations:
- Austria – YES as of September 28
- Belgium – YES as of September 25
- Bulgaria – YES as of July 16
- Croatia – YES as of July 1 – 48 hour negative PCR test required
- Cyprus – YES as of June 15 – 72 hour negative PCR test required
- Czech Republic – YES as of July 15
- Denmark – YES as of July 4
- Estonia – YES as of July 6
- France – YES as of July 1
- Germany – YES as of July 2
- Greece – YES as of July 1
- Ireland – YES as of July 21 – 14-day quarantine required
- Italy – YES as of July 1 – 14-day quarantine required
- Latvia – YES as of July 1
- Lithuania – YES as of July 15 – 14 day quarantine required
- Luxembourg – YES as of July 1
- Malta – YES as of July 1
- Netherlands – YES as of July 1
- Poland – YES as of July 15
- Portugal – YES as of July 1
- Romania – YES as of July 7
- Slovakia – YES as of September 18
- Slovenia – YES as of July 17 – 14-day quarantine required
- Spain – YES as of July 2
- Sweden – YES as of July 4
The only 2 EU nations Canadians cannot enter as of today’s rules are Finland and Hungary, due to those individual countries implementing more ‘closed-door’ policies to manage virus levels.
If the EU does in fact decide that Canada’s Covid-19 case numbers are too high to keep permitting residents unrestricted entry, all of the above nations could close their doors to Canadian tourists.
The EU has already removed countries from the original 15-nation list created on July 1st, including Algeria, Montenegro, Morocco and Serbia, due to their unstable case numbers.
Talks in the EU today are not just focused on putting Canada on the chopping block but may also see Georgia and Tunisia removed as well. Officials who wish to stay anonymous told Bloomberg there could be a silver lining for a new third-party country, as Singapore is slated to be added to the safe list.
From the original 15 third-party nations, this next update might only see 8 remain, with a potential for 9 if Singapore is in fact added. The nations expected to remain are:
- New Zealand
- South Korea
The EU was expected to review the list of approved third-party countries every two weeks, but only did that through July. As of August, the list has only ever been updated once. This late-October review will be the first in months and could be devastating news for Canadian travellers.
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