BREAKING NEWS: The EU has published the official list in a press release. Click here for the allowed countries
Whispers and rumors have been circulating the web this week about the EU meeting to discuss if they will open their borders to third-party countries on July 1st, and if so, to which countries.
A leaked draft document has been released exposing which countries may have made the list. (Country list below ↓)
A leaked draft of the list of possible countries was posted today by Euronews first stating:
“Euronews has obtained, from EU diplomatic sources, the full draft list of the countries for which Europe's borders will be open, and can confirm what we reported on Wednesday that Brazil, Qatar, the US and Russia are indeed not on the approved list.”
If this news turns out to be identical in the upcoming official release of the documents, this comes as a major blow to the United States.
The EU diplomatic source also told Euronews that the July 1st date may not in fact be the official date in which these new rules come into play.
Euronews also provided a list of the countries included on the alleged ‘approved’ country list for travel into EU countries.
The nations included on the draft are as follows:
- New Zealand
- South Korea
- China *subject to confirmation of reciprocity
If this list is made official, it is still expected to be examined and reviewed on a bi-weekly basis.
The United Kingdom does not show on the draft list because it is considered as in transition and is expected to be considered part of the EU.
On March 11th, the Trump administration banned all travel from Europe.
He blamed the European Union for not acting quickly enough to address the outbreak of the virus and said US clusters were “seeded” by European travellers.
Mr Trump said: “We made a lifesaving move with early action on China. Now we must take the same action with Europe.”
This story is still breaking with more news to follow.
Disclaimer: The EU’s reopening news is ever-changing and being updated constantly. We do our best to keep this article up to date with all the latest information, but the decision to travel is ultimately your responsibility. Contact your consulate and/or local authorities to confirm your nationality’s entry and/or any changes to travel requirements before traveling. This article does not guarantee the list of countries, as the information comes from a draft document and not an official government announcement.