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EU delays decision on when Europe's borders will reopen

The EU cannot agree on a list of "safe countries" from where travellers could visit Europe in July, with some member states requiring more time to decide, AFP reported on Saturday, citing diplomats.

EU delays decision on when Europe's borders will reopen

EU delays decision on when Europe's borders will reopen

STEPANAKERT, JUNE 29, ARTSAKHPRESS: After days of talks, EU envoys on Friday agreed to propose a list of 14 countries to their national governments, with the United States, where the coronavirus is still spreading, to remain excluded.

"There are still ongoing consultations, which will continue until Monday," an EU source told AFP.

The proposed "safe" list contains just 14 countries: Algeria, Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Montenegro, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, Serbia, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia and Uruguay.

Crucially, travellers from China would be approved to enter, but under the condition that Beijing would do the same for Europeans.

Non-essential travel to the EU has been banned since mid-March, but only after member states closed their national borders in confusion and without coordination as the pandemic grew.


     

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