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EU Council: Member States Should Remove Travel Restrictions for Residents of Bahrain & UAE From Today

The Council of the European Union has updated the list of epidemiologically safe third countries, whose residents are advised member states to gradually lift travel restrictions.

In the latest update, which was made on October 8, it urged member states to lift entry restrictions for travelers from Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates, after the two countries in recent weeks recorded a decrease in the number of coronavirus cases. registered in their lands.

“After reviewing the recommendation for the gradual lifting of temporary restrictions on non-essential travel to the European Union, the Council has updated the list of countries, special administrative regions, other entities and regional authorities whose travel restrictions should be lifted. In particular, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates have been added to the list” , notes the council’s press release, released today.

With the two additions, the list of epidemiologically safe third countries, in which EU countries for their residents should gradually abolish travel restrictions at external borders, starting from October 8, consists of the following:

Australia Bahrain (new) Canada Chile Jordan Kuwait New Zealand Qatar Rwanda Saudi Arabia Singapore South Korea Ukraine United Arab Emirates (new) Uruguay China (including Hong Kong and Macau), subject to confirmation of reciprocity

According to the same press release, the list is not binding, and member states are free to remove entry bans at external borders for travelers from countries not mentioned above.

“Non-essential travel to the EU from countries or entities not listed in Annex I is subject to temporary travel restrictions. The Council says this is without prejudice to the possibility for Member States to lift temporary restrictions on non-essential travel into the EU for fully immunized travelers.

As provided in the Board’s recommendation, this list will continue to be reviewed every two weeks and, as the case may be, updated.

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