European Union Ambassadors on Wednesday have decided to add six countries to the Safe List from which non-essential travel to the bloc, at least theoretically, would be allowed, according to Reuters and AFP.
However, each member state can decide who to let in, and there could be prearrival Covid-19 testing requirement, proof of vaccination and/or quarantine.
You can access the EU’s page for reopening the bloc here.
There should be an official statement coming from the EU soon, and the countries added to the list by next week. After that, it is then up to the individual countries to decide what exactly they will do and require travelers from these countries.
The additional new safe countries are:
- United States
- North Macedonia
- Hong Kong (only based on reciprocity)
- Macau (only based on reciprocity)
There are countries on the safe list already; Australia, Israel, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, Singapore, South Korea, and Thailand. The EU reminds member states that the travel restrictions from these safe countries should be lifted if in place.
EU has proposed lifting quarantine and testing requirements from fully vaccinated tourists from July 1:
France is already welcoming vaccinated tourists:
Denmark is also open for fully jabbed:
As is Spain:
Italy those coming on select flight:
In the next few days, we should learn what restrictions individual states will have in place, although all the Schengen member states should have uniform entry requirements.
Spain, Portugal, Italy, France, and Greece have all opened up for fully vaccinated tourists or some with a negative Covid-19 test. However, they have decided this outside of the EU framework.
Not having standard rules in place within Schengen means that there will be a spot or continuing checks on intra-bloc travel, especially those traveling by air, or airlines are required to police rules that individual countries have.
EU has planned to suggest countries reopen without quarantine for those fully vaccinated, but there is no firm date or plan in place yet.
The Nordic countries on the bloc are not eager to move fast, while the southern ones more dependent on travel have already partially opened up.