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European Union authorizes entry of tourists from 15 countries; Brazil stays out

The countries of the European Union (EU) today approved the reopening of borders from July 1st to tourists from 15 countries, including China, but in this case under certain conditions.

The list includes Algeria, Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Montenegro, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, Serbia, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia and Uruguay, in addition to China, but the Asian giant under reciprocity criteria, the Council said. EU in a statement.

The Europeans defined the list, which will be updated every two weeks, based on a series of criteria, among them that the situation of the covid-19 pandemic in their territories is similar or better than in the bloc of 27 countries.

The trend of new outbreaks during the past two weeks must also be taken into account, as well as the general response to covid-19 – tests, surveillance, location of contagions, containment, treatment.

The agreement implies, however, a non-binding “recommendation” for the EU countries and those associated with the Schengen free movement area – Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Iceland – responsible for implementing the decision.

In addition to the 15 countries, the EU, which is at the start of the lucrative tourist season, also opens the borders for residents of Andorra, San Marino, Monaco and the Vatican, four small European states.

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