The EU has officially published the list of countries that will be allowed to travel to the European Union for the purpose of tourism starting on July 1st, 2020.
The Official EU Approved Country List
The European council officially published the approved country list in a press release on June 30th, 2020.
Based on the criteria and conditions set out, starting tomorrow, member states should start lifting the travel restrictions at the external borders for residents of the following third countries:
- New Zealand
- South Korea
- China, subject to confirmation of reciprocity
There are important restrictions to the above list that you'll need to know.
Everything You Need To Know About The Official EU Approved Country List
Residents of Andorra, Monaco, San Marino and the Vatican should will considered as EU residents.
According to the readout, regarding the epidemiological situation, the countries on the list should meet the following criteria:
- Number of new Covid-19 cases over the last 14 days and per 100,000 inhabitants close to or below the EU average (as it stood on June 15)
- Stable or decreasing trend of new cases over this period in comparison to the previous 14 days
- The countries' overall response to Covid-19 taking into account available information, including on aspects such as testing, surveillance, contact tracing, containment, treatment and reporting, as well as the reliability of the information and, if needed, the total average score for International Health Regulations (IHR). Information provided by EU delegations on these aspects should also be taken into account.
Reciprocity should also be taken into account regularly and on a case-by-case basis.
For countries where travel restrictions continue to apply, the following categories of people should be exempted from the restrictions:
- EU citizens and their family members
- long-term EU residents and their family members
- travellers with an essential function or need, as listed in the Recommendation.
Schengen associated countries (Iceland, Lichtenstein, Norway, Switzerland) also take part in this recommendation.
This list of third countries should be reviewed every two weeks and may be updated by the Council, as the case may be, after close consultations with the Commission and the relevant EU agencies and services following an overall assessment based on the criteria above.
Important Notes on the Reopening
Travel restrictions may be totally or partially lifted or reintroduced for a specific third country already listed according to changes in some of the conditions and, as a consequence, in the assessment of the epidemiological situation. If the situation in a listed third country worsens quickly, rapid decision-making should be applied.
I'm From One Of The Countries Above, Can I go to the EU?
The Council 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.
What this means: The press release made by the EU is only a recommendation. Each country will still make their own travel restrictions based on the recommendation.
As of July 1st, this does not mean you can enter any EU country with no restrictions. Each country in the EU will clarify entry requirements.