EU reopens borders to 15 countries but U.S. excluded

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The EU agreed to open its borders to 15 countries from July 1, but the United States, where the coronavirus is still spreading, will remain excluded.

EU REOPENS BORDERS. European Union flags flutter in the breeze during the second day of a special European Council summit in Brussels on February 21, 2020. File photo by Ludovic Marin/AFP

US neighbor Canada as well as Japan, Australia, New Zealand and Uruguay were included without conditions on the list which was drawn up by diplomats on Friday, June 26, but required final approval. has been banned since mid-March, but only after member states closed their national borders in confusion and without coordination as the pandemic grew."remain responsible for implementing the content of the recommendation."

However, the health-based criteria collided with national interests and geopolitics, with some countries reluctant to collectively ban the US while welcoming visitors from China, where the pandemic began.


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