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The EU opens its borders, but not to Americans

June 29, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

The European Union has formally agreed a set of recommendations that will allow travelers from outside the bloc to visit EU countries, but the United States is not on the list of 14 countries now allowed in.

(CNN) — The European Union has formally agreed a set of recommendations that will allow travelers from outside the bloc to visit EU countries, months after it shut its external borders in response to the outbreak of Covid-19.

As had been widely expected, the list of 14 countries does not include the United States, whose current Covid infection rate does not meet the criteria set by the EU for it to be considered a "safe country. "

The criteria requires that confirmed Covid cases in countries on the list are similar or below that of the EU's per 100,000 citizens over the previous 14 days (starting from June 15).

Countries must also have a "stable or decreasing trend of new cases over this period in comparison to the previous 14 days," while the EU will consider what measures countries are taking, such as contact tracing, and how reliable each nation's data is.

Travelers in countries that did not make the list can still enter if they fall under the following exemptions: EU citizens or family members of an EU citizen; long-term EU residents or family members; those with an "essential function or need," such as diplomats, healthcare workers or certain agricultural workers.

While the recommendations and list of countries are clear, border control is something that is handled at a national level, rather than at an EU level in Brussels.

However, it is not expected that member states will deviate from the recommendations in a direction that allows for more countries to be added to their lists.

EU sources told CNN that at least three countries had abstained on the recommendations for the same reasons.

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