The Council has updated the list of countries for which travel restrictions should be lifted.
Thus, from August 8, EU member states should gradually remove travel restrictions at external borders for residents of the following third countries:
- New Zealand;
- South Korea;
- China subject to confirmation of reciprocity.
This list is not legally binding. It has to be reviewed every two weeks and may be updated by the EU Council after consultation with the European Commission and the relevant EU institutions and services as a result of an overall assessment based on agreed criteria.
Travel restrictions can be completely or partially removed or reintroduced for a specific third country already on the list, in accordance with changes in the assessment of the epidemiological situation.
The criteria for identifying third countries for which current travel restrictions can be lifted include, inter alia, the epidemiological situation and containment measures, including physical distancing, as well as economic and social assessments.
With regard to the epidemiological situation, the third countries included in the list must, in particular, meet the following requirements:
- the number of new cases of Covid-19 infection in the last 14 days per 100 thousand inhabitants should be
- close to or below the EU average;
- there should be a stable or declining trend in new cases during this period compared to the previous 14 days;
- The overall response to Covid-19 should include aspects such as testing, surveillance, contact tracing, isolation, treatment and reporting, as well as the accuracy of the information.
Over the past 24 hours 1,453 new cases were discovered in Ukraine. For the third day in a row, the country has reported an anti-record for the number of infected.