European Union international locations didn’t decide on Friday on a closing “protected listing” of nations whose residents might journey to the bloc from July, with the US, Brazil and Russia set to be excluded.
Ambassadors from the 27 EU members convened from Friday afternoon to determine standards for granting quarantine-free entry from subsequent Wednesday.
A redrawn textual content of 10-20 international locations was put to them, however many mentioned they wanted to seek the advice of first with their governments, diplomats mentioned. The listing didn’t embrace the US, Brazil or Russia, one diplomat mentioned.
Discussions have been persevering with in a single day, with the EU international locations anticipated to offer casual replies by Saturday night, folks aware of the matter mentioned.
US passengers could also be allowed to journey in the event that they meet sure circumstances reminiscent of passing temperature checks, two US officers mentioned.
The European Fee had suggested that the bloc first carry inside border controls after which regularly speak in confidence to outsiders. Nevertheless, step one has not gone in response to plan.
Greece is mandating COVID-19 checks for arrivals from a spread of EU international locations together with France, Italy, the Netherlands and Spain, with self-isolation till outcomes are identified.
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The Czech Republic has mentioned it won’t enable in vacationers from Portugal, Sweden and a part of Poland.
There may be broad settlement that the bloc ought to solely speak in confidence to these with an identical or higher epidemiological scenario, however there are questions on easy methods to assess a rustic’s dealing with of the epidemic and the reliability of knowledge.
Various international locations, reminiscent of Tanzania, Turkmenistan and Laos, haven’t any reported instances up to now two weeks, in response to the EU company, the European Centre for Illness Prevention and Management (ECDC).
Based mostly on ECDC knowledge for the 2 weeks to Thursday, many international locations are clearly in a worse scenario than the European Union.
They embrace the US, Mexico, Brazil and far of Latin America, Russia, South Africa and Saudi Arabia.
Regardless of stress from US airways and unions, the White Home has not dedicated to mandating contemporary air journey security measures within the wake of the pandemic. Discussions between airways and authorities officers together with Vice President Mike Pence on Friday over temperature checks ended with out an settlement.
In an announcement, Pence’s workplace mentioned the events additionally mentioned “the perfect path ahead for permitting People to securely journey internationally once more”.
The fee has instructed the western Balkans international locations – Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia and Serbia – must be admitted.
Nevertheless, in response to the ECDC knowledge, the variety of instances in Bosnia and North Macedonia may very well be too excessive.
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