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USA and Israel dropped from EU's 'safe' travel list

The decision translates, in practice, into not allowing 'non-essential' travel of people from these countries

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After considering the worsening coronavirus transmission indicators, the 27 members of the EU agreed on Monday (30 August) to remove the United States and Israel from the list of destinations considered safe until now. The new decision translates, in practice, into not allowing «non-essential» travel of people from these countries.

In the new update released by the European Council, it has also reintroduced restrictions for Kosovo, Lebanon, North Macedonia and Montenegro. Meanwhile, the United Kingdom continues not to be considered a safe destination.

Thus, the only countries that currently have carte blanche to enter the EU are: Albania, Armenia, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brunei, Canada, Japan, Jordan, New Zealand, Qatar, Moldova, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, South Korea and Ukraine.

The list is updated by the EU based on the number of infections per 100,000 inhabitants in the last fourteen days, on the trend of new cases and the capacity of the countries to contain and treat possible new outbreaks.

It should be remembered, though, that this is only a recommendation since the power to control borders is exclusive to each Member State.