Following a review under the recommendation on the gradual lifting of the temporary restrictions on non-essential travel into the EU, the European Council updated the list of countries, special administrative regions and other entities and territorial authorities for which travel restrictions should be lifted. In particular, the Republic of Moldova and Bosnia and Herzegovina were removed from the list, while Chile, Kuwait and Rwanda were added to the list, IPN reports, quoting the Council of the European Union.
Based on the criteria and conditions set out in the recommendation, as from 23 September 2021 member states should gradually lift the travel restrictions at the external borders for residents of 13 countries, among which is Moldova’s neighbor Ukraine.
As stipulated in the Council recommendation, this list will continue to be reviewed every two weeks and, as the case may be, updated.
The Council recommendation is not a legally binding instrument. The authorities of the member states remain responsible for implementing the content of the recommendation. They may, in full transparency, lift only progressively travel restrictions towards countries listed.