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EU restricts inbound travel from Thailand and Rwanda and lifts restrictions for China subject to reciprocity

The EU Council updated the list of countries, special administrative regions and other entities and territorial authorities for which travel restrictions should be lifted. In particular, Rwanda and Thailand were removed from the list and Ukraine was added to the list.

Based on the criteria and conditions set out in the recommendation, as from 15 July 2021 member states should gradually lift the travel restrictions at the external borders for residents of China (included on the list but still subject to reciprocity) and the administrative regions of China (Hong Kong and Macao).

Residents of Andorra, Monaco, San Marino and the Vatican should be considered as EU residents for the purpose of this recommendation.
Under the category of entities and territorial authorities that are not recognised as states by at least one member state, travel restrictions for Kosovo and Taiwan should also be gradually lifted.

Leaving aside Ukraine and China, the EU Council has decided that member states should gradually lift the travel restrictions at the external borders for residents of the following third countries: Albania, Armenia, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Hercegovina, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Lebanon, Montenegro, New Zealand, Qatar, Republic of Moldova, Republic of North Macedonia, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, South Korea and the United States of America.

Image over the headline.- Departures and arrivals board at Malmö Airport. Image by Leif Jørgensen through Wikimedia Commons. To watch the original photo and the terms of the lisense, click here

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