September 22, 2021

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The European Union is removing 6 countries, including the United States, from the "safe travel" list

The European Union is removing 6 countries, including the United States, from the “safe travel” list

EU countries on Monday agreed to remove the United States, Israel, Kosovo, Lebanon, Montenegro and northern Macedonia from the EU’s “safe travel” list, meaning their compatriots will be subject to strict restrictions. COVID-19 On the borders of the European Union.

This list aims to unify travel rules throughout the Union, although it does not bind individual member states, which are free to define their own border policies. It will be updated regularly based on the latest COVID-19 data.

Treating America Differently

As Reuters points out, some EU countries, such as Germany and Belgium, have already identified the United States in red, which means testing and isolation is needed, while France and the Netherlands, when the United States is classified as a safe country, are at risk for epidemic problems.

The EU list currently includes 17 countries, including Canada, Japan and New Zealand.

The EU continues to allow the majority of non-EU visitors to be fully vaccinated, despite periods of testing and isolation in some countries depending on the country of EU visit.

British “green list”

On Thursday, seven countries and territories (Canada, Denmark, Finland, Lithuania, Switzerland, Liechtenstein and the Portuguese archipelago of the Azores) were added. UK “green list” of travelers – Countries where you may not be isolated when you return, regardless of vaccinations. Contrary to media speculation, Poland was not included in this group’s “yellow list”.

Fully vaccinated people can go to “yellow list” countries without being isolated when they return, but they must do the same tests. People who have not been vaccinated If they go to yellow-listed countries, they should be isolated at home for 10 days and do three tests – one before returning and two after (or if they wish to reduce the three isolations).

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