The Council of the European Union has added Indonesia to its list of third countries that are epidemiologically safe after the country recorded a decrease in the number of coronavirus cases on its territory.
The council’s decision means that member states are now advised to remove the entry ban for residents of Indonesia, both vaccinated and unvaccinated, as soon as possible.
“Following a review under the recommendation on the gradual lifting of temporary restrictions on non-essential travel to the European Union, the Council updated the list of countries, special administrative regions and other regional entities and authorities whose travel restrictions should be lifted. In particular, Indonesia was added to the list,” The board notes in a press release issued on 18 November.
Thus, starting from the same date, the countries included in the EU list of safe third countries, whose member states must remove entry restrictions for non-essential flights and also unvaccinated travelers, consists of the following.
Argentina Australia Bahrain Canada Chile Colombia Indonesia Jordan Kuwait Namibia New Zealand Peru Qatar Rwanda Saudi Arabia South Korea United Arab Emirates Uruguay China (subject to confirmation of reciprocity)
Travel restrictions should also be gradually lifted for the special administrative regions of China, Hong Kong and Macao. Under the category of regional entities and authorities not recognized as states by at least one member state, the travel restrictions imposed on Taiwan should also be gradually lifted,” the council notes.
He further explains that residents of the four small European countries – Andorra, Monaco, San Marino and the Vatican – should be treated as residents of the European Union when it comes to this recommendation.
A key requirement for a country to become part of this list is that it registers fewer than 75 cases for 100,000 residents in the previous two weeks before the list is updated. World Health Organization (WHO) data shows that Indonesia had less than one case per 100,000 residents in the previous seven days.
However, the WHO has reported much higher rates for some other countries on the EU safe list, such as Jordan, which in the past seven days has reported 177 cases per 100,000 residents. The number is not much different from the number of cases recorded in the United States, 181 cases within seven days per 100,000 residents. However, the United States is not part of the list.
The list was previously updated on November 9, when the council removed Singapore and Ukraine from its list of safe countries. Prior to that, on October 29, Argentina, Colombia, Namibia and Peru were added to the list.