The 27 have agreed to shortlist Japan to keep its border open with no restrictions as they do not pose a serious risk for the spread of the coronavirus, but they have the UK despite the fact that some member countries have theirs Intakes have increased in recent days, community sources have told Europa Press.
The EU ambassadors decided on Wednesday in a decision that the capitals still have to formalize in a written procedure or at a ministerial meeting this week; and this corresponds to the regular review of this list by the Member States.
Only the inclusion of Japan was on the table, as the option of also including the United Kingdom was unsuccessful in earlier technical discussions due to doubts about new variants despite the high vaccination rate in the country.
The 27 agreed last July to draw up a list of countries that allow travel as “not essential” because their epidemiological situation was equal to or better than that of the European Union.
The aim was to gradually reactivate non-community tourism, but difficulties in controlling the pandemic left this project in fewer than a dozen approved destinations.
All in all, this is a recommendation that Member States agree to in order to avoid the chaos of the first few months of the pandemic due to a lack of coordination between countries, but it is not mandatory as border-related powers rest exclusively with national authorities.
The 27 want to reopen their external border to tourists fully vaccinated with one of the EU or World Health Organization approved serums, but they also have this list of countries they are allowed to travel to.