European Union governments agreed to add 11 countries to their list of states from which they will allow non-essential travel. Ambassadors from the EU’s 27 states approved the additions at a meeting in Brussels on June 30, with the change to take effect in the coming days, IPN reports, quoting Reuters.com.
The 11 countries joining the list are Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brunei, Canada, Jordan, Kosovo, Moldova, Montenegro, Qatar and Saudi Arabia.
Ex-EU member Britain, where the highly infectious Delta variant of the coronavirus has caused a sharp rise in COVID-19 cases, is not on the list.
EU countries are recommended to gradually lift travel restrictions for the current 14 countries on the list - Albania, Australia, Israel, Japan, Lebanon, New Zealand, North Macedonia, Rwanda, Serbia, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand and the United States.
Chinese administrative regions Hong Kong and Macau are also included.
Individual EU countries can still opt to demand a negative COVID-19 test or a period of quarantine.