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EU removes six countries from travel ‘white list’

The European Union’s 27 governments have been advised to reimpose an entry ban on travellers from these countries 

The European Union has recommended a halt in leisure travel for those coming from destinations where there are rising numbers of Covid-19 cases.

To qualify for the EU’s ‘white list’, a country must have fewer than 75 new cases daily per 100,000 people over the previous 14 days. The US no longer meets that requirement, with Johns Hopkins University reporting that the US has suffered the world’s highest number of infections over the past 28 days.

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Other countries removed from the EU’s white list on Monday 30 August include Lebanon, Israel, Kosovo, Montenegro and North Macedonia. Travel restrictions, including periods of quarantine and PCR testing, are likely to be reimposed on unvaccinated travellers from these destinations on arrival.

Though the European Council recommends guidelines for who can visit the EU, member states do not have to abide by the advice and some may decide to continue to allow travellers from these destinations, particularly those who can prove they’ve been fully vaccinated.

Qatar and Saudi Arabia remain on the white list.

EU White List as of 30 August 2021:
Albania
Armenia
Australia
Azerbaijan
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Brunei Darussalam
Canada
China
Japan
Jordan
New Zealand
Qatar
Republic of Moldova
Saudi Arabia
Serbia
Singapore
South Korea
Ukraine

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