The Council of the European Union has removed Jordan and Namibia from the list of countries whose travel restrictions must be lifted after assessing the COVID-19 situation in these territories.
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, Jordan and Namibia were removed from the list “, as stated in the statement.
However, the board confirmed that the list will continue to be reviewed every two weeks until it is updated, TheSchengen.com reports.
In addition, the Council urged Member States to lift travel restrictions at the external borders for residents of the countries listed below, effective December 2nd:
Argentina Australia Bahrain Canada Chile Colombia Indonesia Kuwait New Zealand Peru Qatar Rwanda Saudi Arabia South Korea United Arab Emirates Uruguay China, subject to confirmation of reciprocity
The council also advised member states to lift travel restrictions imposed on arrivals from Taiwan.
“Residents of Andorra, Monaco, San Marino and the Vatican should be considered residents of the European Union for the purpose of this recommendation. The Schengen associate states (Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland) also participate in this recommendation.”
Although European countries began to ease many of their preventive measures imposed to stop the spread of the Corona virus, the spread of the new strain known as Omicron, which was identified in many European countries, prompted the authorities to re-impose stricter entry rules. .
Recently, authorities in EU countries agreed to reintroduce temporary travel restrictions on all travel into the EU for those coming from Eswatini, Botswana, Mozambique, Lesotho, South Africa, Namibia and Zimbabwe, in response to the Omicron variant.
However, this Recommendation is not a legally binding instrument, and the authorities of Member States can choose whether or not they plan to implement such a Recommendation.
Currently, European countries such as Belgium, Germany, Italy and the Netherlands, among others, have identified cases of the new COVID-19 variant, Omicron.
When the Omicron variant began to affect European soil, countries such as Denmark, Slovenia, Hungary, France, Lithuania, Finland and the Czech Republic tightened entry restrictions into high-risk areas.
In October, the council urged member states to lift restrictions on arrivals from Bahrain as well as the United Arab Emirates after confirming the improvement of the coronavirus situation in both regions.