The European Union is opening its borders to people from 15 other nations, including Australians. The US however is not included.
EU diplomats have told counterparts in the 15 nations that their nationals are allowed to travel to the block of nations after months of border lockdowns.
The EU confirms list of 15 countries allowed to visit and member states should not restrict access to citizens of the below nations.
They are: Algeria, Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Montenegro, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, Serbia, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay, China.
A statement from the European Council outlined the criteria around the partial lifting on travel arrangements.
“The Council today adopted a recommendation on the gradual lifting of the temporary restrictions on non-essential travel into the EU,” they said in the statement.
“Travel restrictions should be lifted for countries listed in the recommendation, with this list being reviewed and, as the case may be, updated every two weeks.”
The EU is determining which nations are open for visitor entry by looking at “the epidemiological situation and containment measures, including physical distancing, as well as economic and social considerations. They are applied cumulatively,” the EU said.
However, travel by Australians to the EU is going to be problematic.
Currently, Aussies cannot leave Australian soil unless Border Force permits you under special circumstances.
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Last week PM Morrison said Australian overseas travel was unlikely until at least July 2021. Qantas was also preparing for another year until international travel would return to normal.
Ryan is Contributing Editor