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EU updates list of countries where travel restrictions can be lifted

The European Union (EU) added Ukraine to the list of countries that can be exempted from travel restrictions due to the new type of corona virus (Covid-19), Thailand and Rwanda were removed from the list.

According to the statement made by the European Council, the list of countries “recommended” to be gradually lifted for “non-essential travel” has been updated.

While Ukraine was included in the list, it was decided to remove Thailand and Rwanda, which have been on this list for a long time.


In addition to Ukraine, the list is currently Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Australia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brunei, Canada, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Lebanon, Montenegro, New Zealand, Qatar, Moldova, North Macedonia, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, South Korea, Kosovo, and the United States, as well as Hong Kong, Macao, and Taiwan.

In addition, borders to China may be open if EU countries allow their citizens to travel.

The EU’s list is advisory for member states and is not binding. While touristic trips to the EU from the countries on the list are allowed, some measures such as testing and quarantine can be applied to passengers. EU countries’ travel restrictions to countries not included in the list will continue.

In March last year, the EU decided to impose restrictions on non-essential travel to 27 member states, as well as Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland, which are part of the Schengen area, in order to prevent the spread of the epidemic.

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