European Union to reopen borders on 1 July but not to US

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It acts as a recommendation to European Union members, meaning they could potentially set restrictions on those entering from the 14 nations.

While the Government of Canada is still recommending against all non-essential worldwide travel, Canadians will be able to take vacations to Europe as soon as the "safe list" has been officially confirmed.

The EU's efforts to reopen internal borders, particularly within the 26-nation Schengen area which normally has no frontier checks, have been patchy as various countries have restricted access for certain visitors.

The European Union will reopen its external borders to 14 countries from 1 July, however the USA has been excluded from this travel list, released on 30 June. Then in mid-March the Europeans limited all non-essential travel to the 27 EU member states plus Liechtenstein, Iceland, Norway and Switzerland.

Up until this point, travelers from outside of the European Union have, for the most part, not been allowed to enter the bloc since mid-March, and it will be up to the individual countries within the EU to determine how they will adhere to these new restrictions.

The other third countries where restrictions were lifted include Algeria, Georgia, Montenegro, Morocco, Rwanda, Serbia, Thailand, Tunisia and Uruguay.

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The list is to be revised every 14 days, with new countries being added and some even dropping off depending on the extent of the spread of the coronavirus pandemic there and how far these countries are able to control the transmission of the virus.

The countries would also have to lift any bans they might have on European travelers.

This is after the bloc failed to agree on a common list of the countries that would be banned from entering the block upon the border reopening.

A European briefing last week noted that the USA had seen 107 cases per 100,000 people in the previous 14 days, whereas the average across the E.U. was 16 cases per 100,000 people. The United States didn't make the cut - which isn't too surprising, given that we have the highest number of reported cases on the planet, and our infection rates are getting worse, not better.

There has been a disagreement between European Union countries on the criteria to use for this decision, with some maintaining that data about COVID rates are not reliable.

The United States is now the country most affected by COVID-19 with more than 125,000 deaths - while Europe believes it has passed the peak of its outbreak.

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